Lacrosse Set to Face #4 Virginia Saturday on ESPNU
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah continues to rack up the miles this weekend as it flies back to the east coast, this time to Charlottesville, Va., for a 10 a.m. (MT) battle against No. 4 Virginia on Saturday, April 17, on ESPNU.
Anish Shroff will have the call in the second meeting between the Utes and Cavaliers while Myles Jones serves as the analyst from Klöckner Stadium.
MOVIN' ON UP
As the Utah lacrosse program nears the end of its third season as a Division I program, the Utes have seen a lot of growth with this year's team reaching the top-5 in single-season marks in several categories. **Only six games were played in 2020 due to COVID-19.
|Tyler Bradbury||Man-Up Goals||T3rd||4||7|
|Peter Hagan||Man-Up Goals||T3rd||4||7|
|Cole Brams||Ground Balls||1st||58||(54)|
|Cole Brams||Faceoffs Won||1st||98||(78)|
|Cole Brams||Faceoffs Attempted||1st||178||(175)|
|Sammy Cambere||Caused Turnovers||T3rd||11||20|
Nine players currently on the Utah roster were part of the inaugural team that faced off against UVA back in 2019, a 17-6 match that went in favor of Virginia. Of those nine, Branden Wilson and Sammy Cambere started in that game for the Utes while Jack Zarnick, Jonathan Rose, Donny Stock, Rylan Lemons, Dan Tracy, Ruben Santana and Dominic Mata all saw action off the bench. Conversely, Virginia returns seven of those starters from that game for a total of 17 players that saw action in the first meeting between the two programs on March 31, 2019.
AGAINST THE RANKED
Utah lacrosse team will play its seventh ranked team since joining the Division I ranks in 2019 this Saturday when the Utes face off against No. 4 Virginia at Klöckner Stadium. Of the seven games against ranked teams, this will serve as the second game this season against a top-10 team and second time against a top-5 team.
- Feb. 23, 2019 at #8 Denver – L, 15-6
- March 12, 2019 at #2 Duke – L, 17-11
- March 31, 2019 at #7 Virginia – 17-6
- Feb. 15, 2020 vs. #17 Air Force – 9-8
- Jan. 30, 2021 at #7 Denver – L, 9-8
- Feb. 27, 2021 at #11 Loyola – L, 20-8
- April 17, 2021 at #4 Virginia - TBD
The 11-10 double-overtime win at Boston University on April 3 gave Utah its first ever victory in overtime since joining the DI ranks. The Utes had gone 0-3 previously…
March 15, 2019 at Fairfield – L, 10-9 (OT)
March 7, 2020 at Mount St. Mary's – L, 11-10 (OT)
Feb. 20, 2021 at Air Force – L, 10-9 (OT)
April 3, 2021 – at Boston University – W, 11-10 (OT2)
LAST TIME OUT
Branden Wilson played the hero two weeks ago when he sent a screamer that bounced past the Boston University keeper for the game-winning goal in the second overtime period to give Utah the 11-10 victory. The win was also Utah's first victory in any overtime period since it made the jump to Division I.
Tyler Bradbury recorded his third hat-trick of the season and finished with four points to the lead the Utes while Wilson and MJ McMahon each had two goals apiece. Drew Wasserman also finished with two points for Utah, knocking in a goal himself before dishing out an assist to Bradbury.
Zion Dechesere was there when the Utes needed him the most, especially during the OT periods, collecting 13 saves – including two critical ones in the first overtime to keep BU from scoring.
The #RoadWarriors continue their journey across the United States the following week as they fly out to Cleveland for a Noon faceoff against the Vikings of Cleveland State on Saturday, April 24.