Utah Lacrosse Set To Open Season vs. Denver On Saturday
SALT LAKE CITY – A new era of Utah Lacrosse is set to officially begin on Saturday, Feb. 5 as the Utes host the No. 12 Denver Pioneers in Rice-Eccles Stadium for their season opener. The game is set to start at 1 p.m. MT with stadium gates opening at 12 p.m. MT for entry.
Single-game tickets are on sale at www.UtahTickets.com for $10 each. With four opportunities to see the Utes this season at home, season tickets are $30, available at the same link. Tickets will also be available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium ticket office prior to the game, located in the southwest corner.
Utah's season-opener against Denver will start at 1 p.m. MT on Saturday, Feb. 5 inside Rice-Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus. A video live stream and live stats will be available on UtahUtes.com.
QUICK HITS FOR FANS
Rice-Eccles Stadium will be home to the Utah Lacrosse program for Saturday's game. See below for specific fan information before coming to Rice-Eccles Stadium.
- WEAR WHITE! Fans are encouraged to wear white for Saturday's White Out Game.
- Parking: Free fan parking will be located in the Guardsman Lot, located off 500 South and Guardsman Way on the University of Utah campus.
- Fans will enter through gates J/K and L at Rice-Eccles Stadium with gates opening at 12 p.m. MT. The fan entry gates are located on the southeast corner of the stadium. All fans will sit on the east side of RES.
- Clear Bag Policy: Utah Athletics' clear bag policy will be enforced at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Fans may bring in one clear bag, no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches or a 1-gallon plastic storage bag. For more information on Utah's Clear Bag Policy, click here.
- Concessions: Concession stands in RES will be open during the games, located between gates J/K and L.
FEED U PANTRY PROMOTION
Utah Lacrosse is partnering with the Feed U Pantry, a student-run program on campus that has fed over 1,400 University of Utah community members, to collect canned food. A drop off location for canned goods will be located at the fan entry points at Rice-Eccles Stadium at gates J/K and L.
Utah Lacrosse fans will officially get to welcome new head coach Andrew McMinn to the field for his first game at the helm on Saturday. Prior to Utah, McMinn spent 10 seasons as the head coach at Robert Morris, becoming the program's all-time coaching wins leader. The two-time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year spent 15 overall seasons at RMU, leading the program to two NEC tournament titles and NCAA Tournament berths.
Prior to the 2022 season, the Utes selected three team captains in juniors Rylan Lemons, Samuel Cambere and sophomore Tyler Bradbury. Lemons and Cambere also served as team captains during the 2021 season.
In its first season in the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN), the Utah Lacrosse program was voted to tie for first in the preseason coaches poll, tying with Air Force for the top spot. Tyler Bradbury and Samuel Cambere were also named to the preseason all-conference team. Bradbury led the team in points (39) and assists (25) in 2021 while Cambere was the team-leader in caused turnovers (14).
Of the 49 players on the 2022 roster, 18 are sophomores and 18 are freshmen, giving the Utes 36 underclassmen. Of those 18 sophomores, 12 saw significant action in 2021 with all 12 playing in at least six of the 11 games.
The Utes have two seniors on the 2022 roster in program mainstay Josh Stout and newcomer Casey Wasserman. Stout makes his return to the field after starting all six games in 2020 as a team captain after leading the team in goals (43) in 2019, ranking 22nd nationally in goals per game (2.87). Wasserman joins his younger brother, Drew, on this year's roster after transferring from Towson University. At Towson, he played in 38 career games as a consistent threat for the Tigers' midfield presence.
POINTS ON THE BOARD
Utah will return its top four goal scorers from the 2021 season in Tyler Bradbury, Jordan Hyde, MJ McMahon and Carson Moyer. Hyde led the Utes in goals with 20 in 2021, finishing second on the team in points (24 pts, 4 assists). Bradbury was Utah's assist leader with 25, adding 14 goals for a team-high 39 points. McMahon and Moyer contributed 11 goals each.
Utah Lacrosse has embraced the term "Road Warriors" over the years and this year will be no different. The Utes will have eight road matches during its 12-game regular season slate with Utah set to travel close to 14,000 miles during the season.