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The next team up in our preseason look at college teams around the state is the No. 8 BYU Cougars.

The Cougars have more postseason appearances than any other MCLA team and have been a title-contender and top-10 team in the MCLA’s Division-I for over a decade. Despite a No. 9 ranking and a 14-6 overall record, the Cougars had a disappointing end to 2015, losing to 12-seed Stanford in the first round of the national tournament.  As such, BYU will look to right the ship and return to the top of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association in 2016.

Ranked number 8 in the MCLA preseason poll, the Cougs will have a chance to test their mettle in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference against ranked conference opponents No. 2 Colorado and No. 10 Colorado State. Things aren’t much easier out of conference, as BYU will face possibly the toughest schedule in the country, taking on Nos. 1 Grand Canyon, 4 Chapman, 5 Arizona State, 9 San Diego State, and 20 Simon Fraser.

“We work hard every year to put together a schedule that will challenge the team and this year is no exception,” observed BYU head coach Matt Schneck, “We are going to take every game one at a time and hope that we string together some great victories that will prepare us for the post season and a run at the championship.”

Steve Nelson
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As the college season begins, we’re looking at how things have come together for each college team in the state. Today we’ll be highlighting the Utah State University Aggies.

Over the years, the Aggies have been back and forth between the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division-I and Division-II. Last season was a big success for USU, who posted a 12-5 overall record, won the D-II Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) championship, and secured a spot in the national championship tournament — eventually falling to No. 2 St. Thomas.

Big changes come for Utah State this season with a new head coach, last season’s best midfielder Kevin Mann has graduated and is taking over the reigns, and the Aggies are once again moving up to the highly-competitive MCLA D-I. With this new challenge in front of them, USU will look to junior captain attackman Mike Christiansen to quarterback the offense and senior returning starters Zac Payne and Chris Mayor at midfield to lead the way on both sides of the ball. The Aggies also return two senior defenders in Mark Rossa and Tanner Cortez who will make life difficult for opposing offenses. This senior leadership combined with lots of young talent (almost half the Aggie roster is made up of freshmen) has USU hoping for a smooth transition into D-I where they can be immediately competitive.

Steve Nelson
UVU Upset Win

The Utah Valley University Wolverines shocked the club lacrosse world on Friday as they took down the defending national champion and preseason No. 1 Grand Canyon University Lopes in overtime, 11-10. The Wolverines controlled the game throughout the contest, dominating time of possession in the first half and grabbing a quick 3-0 lead; they never looked back. After a tight game and a lot of back and forth, UVU was able to secure the upset win in overtime when freshman attackman Justin Haws snagged a failed GCU clear and buried a bounce shot in the back of the net.

“We knew we had to get off to a fast start to have a chance,” reflected UVU defensive coordinator Marc Miller, “We had a really focused walk through, and a great pregame warm-up. We knew who their key players were, and focused our attention on taking away some of their strengths.”

Steve Nelson
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The college lacrosse season is upon us! As such, we’re taking a look at each college team in the state and how things have progressed leading up to the 2016 regular season. The first team we’ll highlight is the Utah Valley University Wolverines.

After many years as a national contender in the MCLA D-II ranks, UVU enters its third year in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference of MCLA’s D-I, perhaps the most competitive conference in the country. Last year the Wolverines finished with a 4-9 overall record and a fifth-place finish in the conference standings (improving on their seventh-place finish the previous year). An off-season changing of the guard for UVU’s coaching staff has the program hoping that it can continue its upward trend, move into the conference title discussion, and make a run at a national tournament berth.

The weather has provided unique challenges for the Green & Gold, who don’t have an indoor facility to use for poor-weather practice, but they feel the chance to practice in tough conditions just gives them a chance to toughen up (though they’re anxiously anticipating having a “bubble” over the field next season).

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Chill Lax

6th Annual 2016 Wasatch Chill-Lax
Freshman/Sophomore Tournament
March 18-19, 2016

The 6th Annual Wasatch Chill Lax Tournament will be played on March 18-19, 2016 at the Art Dye Park in American Fork. The tournament focuses on freshman and sophomore players.

“We want to give younger high school players a venue to develop and have a tournament experience early in the season,” said Jason Matheny, tournament director. “Many programs put so much emphasis on varsity players that some of the younger players get overlooked.  We want to keep the cost down to make it affordable for all teams to participate. It is expensive to run a tournament for referees and field space but we are fortunate that we have great AFHS booster and players to volunteer their time to help make this tournament successful.”

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TRUE LACROSSE UTAH

True lacrosse will be offering up specialty clinics for preseason spring lacrosse. Below you will find information about each clinic and details on where they are located. Please sign up for one or all that you are interested in. This is a great way to get the stick warmed up and focused for the spring season ahead.

Clinics:

Ground ball & Defense Clinic.

The first half of this clinic will cover the techniques of the ground ball game, from hand placement, how to hold the stick, to ground ball drills and much more. The second half will focus on defense, including approaches, footwork, angles, checks, body placement, hand placement, team defense, holds, slides, recovers, and transition defense.

Cost: $10

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As the club season closes, we’re highlighting each club with a few questions and answers about their year. The next team up in our club roundup is Utah Elite 2023.

ULN: Give us a brief introduction of your club.

We are Utah Elite 2023. The team is compromised of players from various teams in the state and in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. We have been playing this year in tournaments for Grad year 2023 and having a lot of fun and enjoying some success.

ULN: What tournaments and trips did your club attend this year?

We attended the 3d Oceanside Hustle in December and the Sandstorm Tournament this past weekend. Both tournaments were held in California and gave us the opportunity to play teams from various parts of California, Colorado, and Arizona.

Steve Nelson

As the high school season approaches, the club season draws to a close. With several club teams in the state, we sent a questionnaire to each club director to tell us what they did in the past few months and where they are headed in the future. First up is Wasatch LC.

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ULN: Give us a brief introduction of your club.
WLC:
Wasatch Lacrosse Club is made up of a distinctive group of young men who are each hand-picked for their on-field talents and off-field display of character. Players are selected from across the state of Utah to showcase their abilities to NCAA and MCLA coaches at the highly competitive tournaments we attend. To be a member of Wasatch Lacrosse Club you must strive to play lacrosse at the highest level and always play selfless, with a team first mentality. You must also represent the community you live in and high school you attend with a sense of pride and responsibility.

Tim Haslam
Westminster Griffins Lacrosse

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference released the Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Poll and Awards on Thursday. The coaches picked Westminster to place third in the five-team conference and Josh Holland and Thomas Sarjeant were named to the Preseason All-RMAC Team.

Westminster received 10 points in the poll of the league’s coaches to claim the No. 3 position. The Griffins begin their first year as a member of the RMAC this season and it’s the first year the RMAC has sponsored men’s lacrosse as a championship sport.

Holland, a senior from Riverton, Utah, was chosen to the preseason all-conference team at midfield while Sarjeant, a sophomore from Carlsbad, Calif., made the team at attack. The duo becomes the first Griffin men’s lacrosse players to be honored by the conference.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference released the Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Poll and Awards on Thursday. The coaches picked Westminster to place fifth in the eight-team conference.

Westminster received 22 points in the poll to earn the No. 5 position. The Griffins are first-year member of the conference. Last season, the Griffins went 8-3 overall and 4-3 against NCAA Division II teams. They defeated RMAC foe Adams State and twice lost to Colorado Mesa.

Lindenwood is the preseason pick to win the RMAC. The Lions came away with 49 points and seven of the eight first-place votes. Last season Lindenwood won the RMAC regular season and tournament title, while also earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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