Fall Ball Scrimmage: Utah vs. Westminster
10.01.2017 - By Matt Anderson

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The University of Utah and Westminster College men’s lacrosse teams opened up their fall ball schedule with a scrimmage at Judge Memorial Catholic High School’s field on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

First-half highlights

Utah was on the board first at the 13:03 mark as Josh Stout (Alpine, UT) raced around the crease from X and got his hands free.

Westminster then answered as Nick Marcy (Portland, OR) scored in similar fashion as he came around crease. Marcy shot low and got the ball past Utah goalie Daniel Costa (Huntington, NY).

Westminster exhibited good ball movement in the first half when the ball passed through a few Griffins before finding Thomas Sarjeant (Carlsbad, CA) on the crease for an open look.

There was a nice save by Westminster goalie Connor McFarlane (Pleasanton, CA) during a three man-down situation.

A goal by Ute Cameron Redmond Bountiful, UT) looked like it passed through the net, but was called back.

Ute August Colonna (Williamstown, MA) dodged to the center of the field when he found Aaron Fjeldsted (Alpine, UT), who stung the top right corner.

c/o Betsey Bowen

Second-half highlights

Westminster started the third quarter with a string of goals, including one from Marcy to Blake Gross (Henderson, NV).

The Utes were then able to put together a nice run, including one from Joseph Olivas (Stockton, CA) wrapping around crease and finishing with a backhanded shot.

After the game, both coaches spoke to the importance of fall ball as a season for developing players.

Griffin Head Coach Mason Goodhand said, “Off season is always about learning personnel and teaching.”

Utah Head Coach Brian Holman shared similar sentiments, “It really is just growth. Growth individually with these young guys. Growth collectively with the team.”

Both coaches talked about the youth on their teams.

Goodhand said, “We had five or six freshmen that stepped up in their first arena with a very solid determination and showed they are very capable of contributing at this level.”

“We’ve got 20-some-odd freshmen playing,” Holman said. “With freshman there’s inconsistencies. So we have try to  limit the inconsistencies.” However, Holman added, “I thought our kids brought a lot of energy, our freshman, our whole team.”

Looking ahead

Westminster continues their fall ball play in Colorado Springs, where they will play University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, and the US Air Force Academy. The Griffins will then travel to the Las Vegas, NV for the Las Vegas Lacrosse Show at the Cashman Center. They will be a guest opponent for a team of current and past MLL players.

Utah will next take on Team Scotland in San Francisco on October 21, followed by Marquette the next day. Coach Holman said of the scrimmages, “That’s going to be awesome. It’s just going to be growth and lessons learned.” Coach Holman added, “I’m going to be fired up for that.”

A link to the full photo gallery of the scrimmage can be found on the Utah Lacrosse website.

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