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Utah LAX Battles Air Force Saturday

Feb 18, 2021
Photo Credit: Connor Cunningham

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SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah lacrosse team won't have to go very far this weekend as it heads to Colorado Springs, Colo., to battle Air Force on Saturday, Feb. 20, at noon inside Falcon Stadium.
Sitting at 1-1 with a dominant win over Bellarmine after going toe-to-toe with then #5 Denver, Utah received votes in the USILA Coaches' Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll for the first time in program history on Monday, Feb. 15.

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Heading into the third full week of lacrosse action across the country, Utah and its players rank in the Top-25 in several categories through games on Feb. 14. As a team, the Utes are in the top-20 in every category the NCAA keeps track of – including top-10 rankings in scoring defense (3rd, 8.00), man-up offense (6th, .429), scoring margin (6th, 2.00), saves per game (7th, 12.50), clearing percentage (8th, .891), face-off winning percentage (9th, .643) and shot percentage (10th, .299).

Player Category Rank Value
Tyler Bradbury Man-up Goals T2nd 2
Zack Johns Save Percentage 3rd .610
Zack Johns Saves Per Game 5th 12.5
Zack Johns Goals Against Average T6th 8.00
Cole Brams Ground Balls Per Game T7th 9.00
Tyler Bradbury Points Per Game T8th 5.0
Cole Brams Face-Off Winning % T10th .643
Tyler Bradbury Goals Per Game T10th 3.0
Jordan Hyde Goals Per Game T10th 3.0
Tyler Bradbury Assists Per Game T12th 2.0
Jordan Hyde Shot Percentage T13th .600

Less than a handful of days after accepting the invitation to joining the ASUN in 2022, Utah showed it belonged in against future conference foe Bellarmine 12-7 on the road. The Utes took an early halftime lead and a narrow 6-4 lead into the fourth before the host Knights tied things up at 6-6 with their third-straight goal in under a minute. Utah then regrouped and answered right back with a 6-1 run led by Jordan Hyde and Tyler Bradbury for the 12-7 victory.
Bradbury finished with a game-high five points (3g, 2a) while Hyde was perfect from the field that game, finding the back of the net on all four attempts for four points. Ramsey McCreary picked three points with a goal and a pair of assists while Branden Wilson and Jack Barron picked up a goal and an assists each. Cole Brams was dominant in face-offs, winning 15-of-22 attempts to go with a game-high 13 ground balls. Zack Johns recorded his first career win in net, stopping nine shots to help give the Utes their first win of the season.
Utah will wrap up its four-game road swing to start the season at Loyola next week for a 10 a.m. (MT) match-up inside the Ridley Athletics Complex on ESPN+. The Greyhounds are currently ranked 12th in the Nike/US Lacrosse Poll and 11th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and USILA Coaches' Poll.