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For Immediate Release – Utah Lacrosse Chapter

SALT LAKE CITY – May 4, 2017 – The Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) Board of Trustees approved a motion on Thursday to make boys and girls lacrosse a sanctioned sport with overwhelming approval.

“We’re thrilled this has come to fruition,” said Craig Morris, who along with Renee Tribe, Brae Burbidge and Brian Barnhill, have spent the last 2 years working with the UHSAA. “If you look at every state where lacrosse has been sanctioned, the sport has grown.”

It is anticipated that sanctioned play will begin in the 2019-20 season which will coincide with the next round of high school alignment proposals. The timeline will also give schools time to prepare to field teams.

“The support of the UHSAA was great today, now we roll up our sleeves as a community and help our school administrators,” said Burbidge.

With the announcement, the chapter continues to encourage high school programs to work in a positive manner with school administrations and all those involved in the community.

“We applaud the UHSAA for recognizing the number of schools and student-athletes that are participating in lacrosse,” said Tribe. “Lacrosse isn’t going away. This is a big win for the students who can participate in education-based activities.”

CONTACT
Renee Tribe – tribe.renee@gmail.com

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Rebels Take Down Cougars

BYU came into Las Vegas with hopes for an easy win against UNLV, and then momentum heading into their match-up with No. 1 Cal Poly in game two of their road trip. The Rebels had something else in mind taking the Cougars down 8 to 6.

The game started with a face off win by BYU, but tough defense by UNLV. It was scoreless for the first few minutes until Cougar attackman Chris Severson scored the first goal with a nifty behind-the-back. The Rebels didn’t flinch. On the next possession they tied the game. BYU gained possession, and Severson scored again with a low-to-low scorcher that snuck in under the UNLV goalie. The Rebels matched, scoring on their next possession, and sending a strong message. This was not going to be the easy win BYU was hoping for. Both defenses dug in, and the quarter ended in a 2-2 tie.

Mykel Severson

On February 15, 2017 Intermountain Lacrosse (IMLAX) and Greater Utah Lacrosse League (GULL) combined to form one of the largest youth lacrosse leagues in the United States. The combined programs will now service over 4,500 boys and girls (kindergarten through 8th grade) in a region spanning from Northern Utah to Spanish Fork.

The league will be led by a combination of IMLAX and GULL executives including Niki Harding, Collin Madsen, Marty Wescott, and Maddie Ferguson. The group has over 25 years of lacrosse league administrative experience and will be focused on driving innovation, improvement, and continual player / program development.

IMLAX’s motto is ‘Grow the player. Grow the league. Grow the game.’ “This was a timely opportunity for us to bring together our two youth leagues,” noted Wescott (a GULL Founder and new addition to the IMLAX executive team), “and we are excited to implement the best practices from both leagues to deliver the best possible experience to kids of all ages and lacrosse experience levels.”

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For Immediate Release – Utah Lacrosse

The University of Utah Men’s Lacrosse team went 3-0 to open the 2017 season after beating then ranked No. 1 Chapman, Washington and UNLV.

After an eventful offseason, the Utes took to the road to begin their season at the home of the defending MCLA D-I National Champion and current No. 1 ranked team, the Chapman Panthers. Chapman scored two quick goals in what looked to be the beginnings of a long night for the Utes, but the young Utah team didn’t give up and fought back with two goals of its own, tying the game at 2 after the first quarter. The second quarter saw both teams get two more goals in a great game. The third quarter featured 9 total goals with Utah scoring 5 and Chapman, 4. With the score at 10-9 favoring the Utes late in the game, Ian Elson and Gus Colonna notched goals to secure the 12-9 win. 

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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.

Steve Nelson

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.

Steve Nelson