It seems there’s never a dull moment in the MCLA season when Utah teams are involved — Week 3 saw a preseason No. 1 and defending champ fall to a Utah team for the second season in a row when the Utes opened the season with an impressive 12-9 victory over Chapman. Utah also beat Washington to start the season 2-0. Utah Valley played Boise State close, but a late run by the Broncos was too much for the Wolverines, who fell to 1-2 on the season. BYU also hosted BSU, but with a very different result; the Cougars rolled early and routed the Broncos to put them at 2-0 on the year. The season only gets busier as we head into week 4, which includes the debut of Weber State and an MCLA D-I top-10 matchup.

Schedule

2/20 – Utah @ UNLV – 1:00pm
While the Rebels defeated the Utes 15-7 last season, they’ll see a very different Utah team this time around. Both of these squads are 2-0 on the season so far–the Rebels kicked off the season with a 15-6 beat-down of UCLA and a 13-12 squeaker over Nevada. The Rebs rely heavily on senior middie Blake Day, who does a little bit of everything, and powerful attackman Quinton Eissler, who each average 5+ ppg. Rebel FOGO Justin Proctor is also pulling a phenomenal 89% of the draws at the center X (compared to Utah’s 40%). This bodes well for UNLV against a Utah squad that’s yielding roughly ten goals a game and saving just over 50%; controlling time of possession and getting lots of shots on cage could keep the Rebels in this one.

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Utah teams went 2-0 in week 2–Utah State hung on in an exciting matchup to beat Montana by a single goal, 12-11, in Coach Troy Oldham’s Aggie debut,  and Utah Valley found their offense and rolled the Grizzlies, 21-6. The season starts to ramp up in week 3 with a strong Boise State team coming to town and the debut of Brain Holman’s Ute squad; we’ve got four games on the docket.

Schedule

2/16 – Boise State @ Utah Valley – 7:00pm
The Wolverines have split their first two games, a loss to open the season against No. 10 Arizona and a convincing win over MCLA D-II Montana. They’ll have the privilege of welcoming the Boise State Broncos to the 2017 season with their third straight home game, and it looks to be a tough game 3. This BSU squad ended last season with a deceptive 7-7 record, giving ranked opponents BYU, CU, CSU, and Oregon State all they could handle. While the Broncos lose their leading scorer from last season, graduating Adam Smith, they return their next three most dangerous weapons, including sharpshooting midfielder Alex Wilson. BSU also brings back Quinn Mendiola, their main man at the faceoff X. And while they’ll replace their goalie from last season, junior goalie Ian McClure got game experience in roughly half of the Broncos’ contests last season.

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In week 1, the No. 10 Arizona Laxcats split their trip to the Beehive State with a 12-2 drubbing at the hands of No. 6 BYU and a bounceback 10-6 victory over Utah Valley. Week 2 gives us another Friday-Saturday lineup as the Montana Grizzlies roll through, taking on both the Utah State Aggies and the Utah Valley Wolverines. The Grizzlies have had a rough handful of seasons after moving up to MCLA D-I, and this season finds them dropping back down to D-II, making their road trip to face two D-I school in USU and UVU more of a warm up for all squads involved.

Schedule

2/10 – Montana @ Utah State – 7:45pm

The Griz had a potent offense last season, with four players averaging over two points per contest, and they return three of those four for the 2017 campaign including leading scorer and Judge alumnus Eric Larson. However, new Aggie head coach Troy Oldham has won a lot of games because of his stellar defensive schemes, so look for this to be the end of the field where the contest is decided–despite the fact that USU is bringing in a new goalie and only two contributing d-poles from last season.

There’ll be a mystery at the center X for both teams, each being without all three faceoff men from last season. The Grizzlies look to have the

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It’s time, laxfans! After a long offseason that included big changes for the lacrosse landscape in Utah, the season is officially upon us. The season kicks off with two MCLA games this weekend when the No. 10 Arizona Wildcats come to town to take on No. 6 BYU and last year’s surprise contender UVU.

Schedule

2/4 – Arizona @ BYU – 4:00pm

The Laxcats and Cougars took the year off from playing each other last season, but in 2015 played a thriller that ended in a 10-9 BYU victory. There will be some unknowns about an Arizona team that promoted defensive coordinator Spencer Fuqua to head coach after last season. The Laxcats also graduated last year’s starting goalkeeper, three starting longpoles, and lost both of their main faceoff specialists from a year ago. But Arizona does return firepower on the other end of the field, bringing back leading scorer Jerome Rigor at attack and dangerous midfielders Christian Turri and Zach Rodgers.

The Cougars also return their leading scorers in sophomores Chris Severson and Winston Farley and the defense will be anchored by experienced seniors Max Neser, Harrison Wardle, and Devin Needs. But, like the Laxcats, BYU will have new faces in the cage and at the faceoff X. The story of this game should be the battle for possession at the center X and the Cougs’ strong defensive unit against the Wildcat threats at both midfield and attack.

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You may know Coach Lemons as the current Park City Girls Head Coach, but she also recently coached in her third tournament with the West Coast Starz at the 2017 Sandstorm tournament.

“I just left Sandstorm with a 2019 team that won the elite bracket, and the rest of our teams played in the highest brackets and did really well, ending the tournament with winning records” said Lemons. “My Park City kids who play love it, and it just makes it all the more fun during summer play.”

Last summer, Lemons was coaching the West Division at the Under Armour games in Baltimore. She met the directors of WCS and they immediately connected.

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The Weber State Men’s lacrosse team is searching for players to fill out its depth chart for the upcoming 2017 season.

“We’ve been working hard on promoting and growing our new program,” said Team President Craig Potter. “With so many high school programs surrounding Weber State, we are confident that there are past players are on our campus who are not continuing to play college lacrosse simply because they do not know about our program.”

Weber State has had a team for a few years now, but 2017 is different because they will be part of the MCLA for the first time this season. 

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212 Lacrosse LogoRegistration is now open for the 2017/18 season, beginning June 5 in Park City.

Age breakdowns (son’s grade fall of 2017):
4-5 Grade
6-7 Grade
8 Grade
9-12 Grade

Staff/Training Sessions by 212 Staff

  • NCAA Division 1 coaches.
  • Professional and D1 All-American guest coaches
  • Players are paired against teammates of similar physical and technical abilities.
  • Real-time concise feedback. Players are encouraged to ask questions.
  • A variety of skills, drills and small sided games developing diverse skill sets.
  • FUN, positive and competitive environment.
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Shootout for Soldiers will be holding its event on August 4-5, 2017 at the University of Utah.

I have heard of this event before, but never looked into it further. I figured it was just another tournament for kids to play in front of coaches, but, after talking with Stephen Hughes (the organizer of the Utah event), I realized this is an awesome event and we’re lucky to have it come to Utah.

TH: What is your background? lacrosse background?
SH: I grew up in Utah and started playing lacrosse at Alta High in 1999 back when there were only a handful of teams. I graduated in 2001 and then played at Utah State in 2001 and then again from 2004-2007. After I graduated from Utah State in 2008 I was commissioned an officer in the Army and I’ve been on active duty since then. I did 4 years in Washington state with a deployment to southern Iraq. During this time I coached a 7th grade lacrosse team in University Place, Washington along with a few other Soldiers I recruited with lacrosse backgrounds. In 2012 I was transferred to Ft. Lee, Virginia for military schooling and then transferred to Germany for four years with a deployment to Afghanistan. I’m now attending the University of Utah for my MBA while still on active duty.

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Sandy, UT – January 24, 2017 –Utah Mamaci Girls Lacrosse Club announced a partnership today with The Tenacity Project to continue the advancement of girl’s lacrosse in the state of Utah. The Tenacity Project is a national, non-profit organization working to empower, educate and inspire girls through the sport of lacrosse. The Tenacity Project currently reaches thousands of girls in California, Oregon, and Texas, and runs a diverse mix of programs including camps, club teams, tournaments, coach development, community outreach, and college counseling for those looking to play women’s lacrosse at the college level. Founder and CEO, Theresa Sherry is one of the most respected people in the game not only for her talents on the lacrosse field with the USA U19 team and then at Princeton but more importantly for the impact she has had on the women’s game in the West.

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