Solid defense dominated the start of the game as both teams showed a lot of energy throughout the cold Friday night. The offenses began to heat up as Boise State took the 1-0 lead with 5:34 left in the first, igniting a back and forth series of five goals in under five minutes between the teams. Utah, ended the first quarter by taking a 3-2 lead on a goal by Attackmen Tyler Kunz with 44 seconds left.
Utah continued to be aggressive with their offense in the second quarter. The Utes scored on high percentage looks and dictated the pace by possessing the ball. Utah’s defense turned it on and played lights out making stops and creating offense on the other end. With just over five minutes left the crowd erupted as Utah Defenseman Peter Jordan delivered a huge hit to jar the ball loose. which led to a fast-break goal from first-year Attackman Patrick Griffin, assisted by LSM Alex Wee. The Utes went into halftime up 7 – 2 over Boise State, having scored five unanswered goals.
Defense again took over in the third limiting the offenses to a combined three goals. One for Boise State Karson Fullmer, a Sky View High School alum, to end Utah’s streak of six goals. Boise State benefited from high energy on defense with more possessions, taking seven shots, scoring on one. Utah’s defense forced seven turnovers in the third quarter. Utah stretched the lead back to six on a goal by Midfielder Mac Schwoebel to head in to the fourth.
It only took 36 seconds for Utah to score in the fourth on a third goal by Kunz, assisted by Schwoebel. Schwoebel led the Utes with six points, tallying four goals and two assists. Boise State wasn’t done, surging back to within three on four goal run. Utah Goalie Tyler Best had some key saves down the stretch. Freshman Midfielder Dillon Tran scored with 1:39 left in the game to seal the win for the Utes.
Utah’s defense has held opponents to an average of 8 goals a game. When asked about the number, Coach Mike Pappas said, “I don’t look at that, I look at what we’re up against the next run out.”
Boise State (1-2) returns to Idaho for a two game home stand against Oregon State (0 – 3) and Montana (0 – 1).
Utah (3 – 2) continues their four game home stretch against Montana, Saturday, March 3rd, 7:00 PM at Judge Memorial Stadium.