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LAX Battles No. 4 Virginia Tough on the Road

Apr 17, 2021
Photo Credit: Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics

CHARLOTESVILLE, Va. – The Utah lacrosse team came to play on Saturday against No. 4 Virginia and gave the Cavaliers a scare in the first half before ultimately falling 18-11 on the road at Klöckner Stadium.

Utah came out in the first quarter clicking on all cylinders, answering Virginia's first two scores with four unanswered goals of its own. MJ McMahon broke the seal for the Utes first at the 7:46 mark before Carson Moyer knocked in the equalizer less than a minute later. McMahon followed up with his second of the day within a two-minute span and put Utah on top 3-2. A turnover midfield by the Cavaliers saw Josh Rose take it to the house himself and complete the 4-0 run. However, UVA was able to answer back with two in the final 1:27 of the first quarter and tied things up, 4-4.

The Cavaliers opened the second frame with a quick strike for the 5-4 lead before Jordan Hyde laced in his 13th goal of the season with 12:54 on the clock. Ryan Rogers shot a rocket past UVA's keeper a minute later for his first goal of the season and gave Utah (3-6) the 6-5 lead.

Virginia (10-3) finally got their legs under them and showed why they are the No. 4 team in the country (USILA Polls), rattling off six-straight goals to send the Utes into the locker room down 11-6.
The home team opened up the second half with a pair of goals and pushed the Utah deficit up to 13-6 in the opening minutes. Moyer and Hyde each recorded their second goals of the day late in the third quarter to cut the Cavalier lead down to 13-8 but a last second goal from UVA made it 14-8 heading into the final 15 minutes of action.
Virginia did not let up with Utah still playing tough on both ends of the field and went on another long run, this time a 5-0 spurt stemming from the late goal in the third to push its lead up to 18-8 on the Utes. However, Utah's fight never wavered as Moyer sandwiched Jared Andreala's goal with 2:05 remaining and finished with four goals on the afternoon.



  • Ryan Rogers recorded his first-career goal in the second quarter (11:57)
  • Carson Moyer finished with a career-high four goals
  • Zion Dechesere tied his career-high in saves with 13 against #4 Virginia
  • Virginia's separation came in the second quarter thanks to a 10-0 edge in faceoff wins