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2000px-BYU_Athletic_Logo.svgThe last time Brigham Young met Colorado State in Fort Collins, they were outplayed. Turn-about was fair play in the first game of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference tournament. BYU controlled the pace from the opening face-off and the Cougar defense was spot-on. CSU tied the game once, but after half-time it was all BYU. The Cougars won 10 to 5.

BYU face-off specialist Jack Vassau won the opening draw. The Cougars showed patience in their first possession and it paid off with the first goal from Zach Labrum. BYU came out with the next draw and two passes later they had their second goal from Tanner Johnson setting their bench and their fans on fire. CSU secured the next face and went to work. Two shots were turned away by BYU goalie Matt Brandenburg, and BYU’s exceptional defensive middie, Connor Williams, took it the other way. CSU goalie, Frank Bender, made a save, sending the ball back the other way, but Williams stole it back. BYU was unable to score again during the quarter, but outstanding defense led by Boston Handley and Harrison Wardle kept CSU’s attack off balance. The first quarter ended with the Cougars up two and the Rams shut out.

Mykel Severson
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The University of Colorado Buffaloes took on the Utah Valley University Wolverines Friday night at the University of Utah in the first round of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) playoffs. Colorado came out fast and never looked back. They were lead by an extremely efficient offense and a goalie that was a brick wall, leading his team to victory. Colorado took down UVU with a final score of 17-9.

This game could have been defined by a number of things. One could be the blinding sun in the eyes of UVU goaltender Shawn Rowley during the first quarter, lack of energy in the first half by UVU, or the brick wall in the cage for Colorado, but one defining aspect stood out — Offense. Colorado’s offense was fluid, sharp, and fast, whereas UVU’s offense was slower and did not seem to flow the way it has in the past. UVU had some good looks and at times seemed to have some offensive rhythm but never really looked as comfortable as Colorado.

Randy Everett
Westminster Women 4-30

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The Westminster women’s lacrosse team saw the 2016 season come to an end with a 20-11 loss at Colorado Mesa on Friday night in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action.

Westminster ends its season with a 2-9 overall record and they finished their inaugural season in the RMAC with a 2-5 record and in sixth place.

After falling behind by four goals midway through the first half on Friday, the Griffins scored four straight goals to even the game at 8-8 with 2:47 remaining in the half. Colorado Mesa (11-3, 5-2RMAC) scored with eight seconds to play in the half to take a lead they never relinquished.

Kira Heiden and Kathleen Hendershott scored goals in the second half that trimmed the deficit to 13-11 with 19:52 to play before the Mavericks scored the game’s final seven goals to complete a season sweep of the Griffins.

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The Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference postseason starts today! The tourney will feature three top-10 teams: No. 5 Colorado, No. 6 Colorado State, and No. 7 BYU and will showcase some of the best postseason match-ups in the country. Let’s look at how the teams match-up against each other:

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#2 Colorado State v. #3 Brigham Young 4:00 pm
The CSU Rams caught BYU on the back end of a Colorado road trip after the Cougars had played a tough game against CU, the Rams winning 10-6. Despite that score, these teams are very evenly-matched and this game could go either way — when looking at common opponents, both beat Arizona State by a goal, both played CU relatively close, both blew out Utah, and Utah State, and both barely beat Utah Valley.

At the center X: CSU’s Ryan Chamberlain is winning an astounding 72% of draws on the year, while BYU’s Jack Vassau is no slouch, winning 68% himself. However, when the teams last met, BYU D-pole Spencer Simpson faced off versus Chamberlain with the latter winning 65% of the time.

Steve Nelson
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Week 4 of the ULN Face-off is now Live!  Team Nelson took a commanding lead over Team Haslam last week, but that could all change this week.

Boys

Viewmont hosted cross-town rival Bountiful in a contested battle.  Come the final whistle, Bountiful walked away victors, 9-8.

Bonneville topped Mountain Crest in Overtime, 8-7.  Bonneville’s remaining schedule will be a proving point for their team.  2 of the next 3 games are against top 10 teams.  Mountain Crest has maintained a great record, going 8-2.  They face Sky View and Woods Cross for their final two games.

The Brighton v. Park City highlights are live on the ULN site.  Revisit this game between two commanding teams in a tough battle.

Bradford Davis
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Author’s note: we cannot and should not judge any organization on the actions of a few individuals. The orginal piece was overly-agressive and did not reflect the intended message. This piece is not intended to slander any of the fine programs in the RMLC, but to elicit change from the conference. I have amended a few statements in the article to hopefully reflect that focus. Steve Nelson can be contacted at steve@utahlacrossenews.com

A controversy that is not the norm (that, in fact, I’ve never before or since witnessed) occurred on the team sideline throughout the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference championship game last season. The RMLC, instead of providing a table crew for the championship game of its college lacrosse conference, left that up to college players, and that’s where the problems began.

Steve Nelson

Highlights from the Brighton Bengals v. Park City Miners boys high school lacrosse game on April 26, 2016.

Tim Haslam