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LAX Shows Poise Down the Stretch in 11-9 Victory

Apr 24, 2021
Photo Credit: Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics

CLEVELAND – Saturday's match-up between Utah lacrosse and Cleveland State showed great promise for what's to come between the two future ASUN opponents as Utah held on for the 11-9 road victory thanks to a late 3-0 run and 15 saves from keeper Zion Dechesere inside the Krenzler Bubble.
Ryan Rogers broke the seal to open scoring for both teams after lunging towards the crease and snuck one past the Cleveland State keeper at the 11:26 mark. The Vikings answered right back to tie things up at the 10:15 mark and from that point on neither team scored despite CSU continually attacking the Utah defense. Utah's offense finally broke through after Sammy Cambere connected with Josh Rose for a huge strike down field. Utah (4-6) extended the lead to 3-1 with 30 ticks left in the first quarter when Tyler Bradbury found Jonathan Rose on the far side of the field.

The second frame saw a bit more action with both teams exchanging goals throughout the quarter. After going down 5-4, Utah answered with a man-up goal from Peter Hagan before Carson Moyer gave Utah the go-ahead goal less than a minute later as the Utes went into the break on top 6-5.

Scoring was again a seesaw affair to start the third quarter between the two teams with neither squad able to score more than one goal at a time. Out of the media break tied at 7-7, Cole Brams took the ball himself after a foul on the faceoff and laced one into the net for the 8-7 lead with 7:27 left in the third. The Vikings (2-7) did not back down on their senior day and tied things up once again at 8-8.      

With 1:56 on the clock, Dechesere made a great save that he was able to outlet that found the elder Rose brother for the breakaway goal. That defensive stop led to a 3-0 run by the Utes with goals from Moyer and Drew Wasserman afterwards to make it an 11-8 advantage for Utah.

Cleveland State cut the lead to 11-9 with 5:29 left to play short after Utah was hit with a penalty for the man-up goal. With the clock on its side, Utah was able to fend off multiple attempts from the Vikings and held on for the 11-9 victory.

  • The 15 saves by Zion Dechesere is second-most this season and ties him for the third-highest single-game total
  • Jordan Hyde has now scored at least a goal in six-straight games
  • Carson Moyer has scored all 9 of his goals in the past 4 games
  • Utah has now won 3 of its last 5 games
  • Utah is now 2-2 this season against future ASUN opponents