The Utah Utes have announced their 2013 schedule that includes a trip to UCLA for the 3rd Annual Pac-12 Shootout, a challenging trip to Arizona followed by several home games including defending MCLA D-I Champion, Colorado State.
The Utes begin the season February 10 when they host Boise State. The following weekend, Utah will head to the campus of UCLA to take on Washington and Oregon State in the Pac-12 Shootout.
“We are really excited to return to the Pac-12 Shootout,” said Utah Head Coach Rick Kladis. “The event is a great test against some tough teams in a short amount of time and gives us a good idea of where we are at are early in the season. Of course the guys always enjoy spending some time on beach too.”
The Utes return home for a showdown with familiar foe Montana followed by their first RMLC competition of the season when New Mexico comes to town.
Utah then heads to Arizona to take on the Arizona Wildcats, Grand Canyon and Arizona State.
“The Arizona trip is going to be a huge test,” said Kladis. “Three games against three very solid programs in three days, and no short bus trip either. Arizona beat us 2 years ago in an overtime game that ended up keeping us from the national tournament that year, that should definitely motivate our guys to start off that trip. The next 2 games that trip are no cake walk either. Grand Canyon is a real physical team and that game is going to have a great environment in their stadium on campus and then ASU is always a top program in the country. It will be a real test for us.”
The Utes will stay in Utah for their final eight games. RMLC rival Colorado and Portland State will fill out a the last weekend in March. The Utes will take on Colorado State at Juan Diego High School in a double header featuring Juan Diego.
“Coach Lambert is a CSU alumnus and was a teammate of Coach Smith at CSU,” said Kladis. “I think they are both excited about it – it should be a fantastic game.”
Following the CSU game, Utah will host Concordia before traveling to Logan to play Utah State. The Utes will play another double header at Judge Memorial against rival Westminster. The alumni of Utah and Westminster will face-off following the official game.
“Our game with Westminster should be a lot of fun this year,” said Kladis. “This has always been an interesting match-up because with them being in D-II, this game would only hurt us in the polls – so in the past it was just a scrimmage. But to me there are far more positives that negatives for this match-up each year for our team, their team, and lacrosse in the state of Utah in general. The bottom line is that we are two solid college lacrosse programs, both well respected nationally, our schools are like 5 miles apart, most of the players are friends or even roommates. There is just no reason that this lacrosse game each year shouldn’t have the anticipation of the Utah-BYU game each season in the state. Especially with them moving to D-I next year, this is sure to become one of the biggest games of the year for both teams.”
Utah will then travel to Provo to take on BYU followed by Rhode Island.
The RMLC Tournament will be on May 3 & 4 in Grand Junction, Colorado.
2/10 – Boise State @ Judge – 2:00 pm
2/16 – v. Washington @ UCLA – 1:00 pm
2/17 – v. Oregon State @ UCLA – 10:30 am
3/2 – Montana @ Judge – 2:00 pm
3/7 – New Mexico @ Judge – 7:00 pm
3/21 – @ Arizona – 7:00 pm
3/22 – @ Grand Canyon – 3:00 pm
3/23 – @ Arizona State – 3:00 pm
3/28 – Colorado @ Judge – 7:00 pm
3/30 – Portland State @ Judge – 2:00 pm
4/6 – Colorado State @ Juan Diego – 4:00 pm
4/7 – Concordia @ Judge – 2:00 pm
4/12 – @ Utah State – 7:00 pm
4/20 – Westminster @ Judge – 4:00 pm
4/27 – @ BYU – 2:00 pm
4/28 – Rhode Island @ Judge – Noon
5/3, 5/4 – RMLC Tournament @ Grand Junction, Colorado