LAX Ready To Meet Marquette Saturday, Feb. 26
The University of Utah Lacrosse program will hit the road for the second time this season, traveling to Milwaukee, Wis., to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday, Feb. 26. The first-ever meeting between the two teams will begin at 12 p.m. MT
HOW TO WATCH
Fans can watch the game on Marquette's YouTube channel with a direct link available on www.UtahUtes.com on lacrosse's schedule page. A live stats link to keep up with play-by-play action is also available on www.UtahUtes.com.
To get inside access to the Utah Lacrosse program including behind the scenes videos and photos, in-game updates, and much more, make sure to follow along on social media (Instagram: @UtahLacrosse | Twitter: @UtahLacrosse).
LAST TIME OUT
The Utes handed No. 17 Vermont its first loss at home in three seasons while recording the program's first ranked win, beating the Catamounts 11-10 on a game winner from Josh Rose. The Catamounts had won 15 of its last 16 games at home, including seven straight before meeting the Utes, who had four different players score multiple goals. Jared Andreala scored a hat trick while Jordan Hyde, Rose and Tyler Bradbury all contributed two goals each.
Utah Lacrosse has embraced the term "Road Warriors" over the years and this year will be no different. The Utes have seven remaining road matches (8 total) during its 12-game regular season slate with Utah set to travel close to 14,000 miles during the season, including 1,440 for its trip to Milwaukee.
Through two games, the Utes are ranked ninth nationally in clearing percentage, clearing 93.2% of their attempts. That number also leads the ASUN, clearing 41-of-44 successfully.
Although the season is young, the Utes are already making an impact in the ASUN, leading the league in assists per game (8.5), clearing percentage (.932), ground balls per game (32.5), man-up offense (.667), scoring defense (12.0) and shot percentage (.312).
Utah racked up a season-high 35 ground balls against Vermont, tying for the fourth-most in program history. The Utes' 35 ground balls is also the most by an ASUN team this season.
In Utah's win over Vermont, the Utes recorded a season-high 13 caused turnovers, which ranks second all-time at Utah. The Utes are currently ranked 15th nationally and second in the ASUN in caused turnovers per game (10.5).
BRADBURY CLOSES IN
Through 17 career games, sophomore Tyler Bradbury has 30 career assists, which ties the program record (James Sexton, 30, 2019-20). He needs one more assist to set a new program record.
Junior Samuel Cambere is tied for the team lead in ground balls through two games, recording 11. He has had five-or-more in both games this season, including a season-high six against Vermont, giving him 15 career games with 5+ GBs. He currently has a six-game streak with five-or-more, dating back to Utah's win over Boston U. in 2021. His 143 career ground balls also ranks second among active ASUN players this season.
CAREER DAY vs. THE CATAMOUNTS
Several Utes had notable career-highs in Utah's win over Vermont. Sophomore Jared Andreala recorded his first-career hat trick against the Catamounts, also scoring a career-best three points while Jordan Hyde tied his career-high in assists with two. Sophomore Josh Rose (6) and junior Rylan Lemons (5) both set new career-highs in ground balls with freshman defenseman scoring his first-career goal as a Ute. Ruben Santana also had a strong outing with a career-high four ground balls while tying his career-high in caused turnovers with three.
BRADBURY GOOD FOR TWO … OR MORE
Tyler Bradbury has scored two goals in both of Utah's games this season, giving him six multi-goal games in his career as a Ute with four coming during the 2021 season. His career-high in goals is three, which he scored three times last season (3 at Denver, 3 at Bellarmine, 3 at Boston U.).
GROUND BALLS ALL AROUND
Utah has had three different players finish with five ground balls in both games this season (Sammy Cambere, Cole Brams, Josh Rose vs. Denver; Rylan Lemons, Rose, Cambere at Vermont), recording 30 or more ground balls as a team in both games as well (30 vs. Denver, 35 at Vermont). It is the fifth time in program history the Utes have had 30 or more GBs in consecutive games and it was the first time Utah had three or more players with 5+ GBs in a game since Utah's 15-11 win over Jacksonville (2/29/20).
Senior Josh Stout has firmly placed himself in the Utah record book during his years as a Ute, currently ranking first in program history in career points (64) and goals (50).
HYDE CALLS FOUR
Jordan Hyde led the Utes with four goals in their season opener against Denver. His four goals is the second-most by an ASUN player and the fourth-most by anyone in Division I lacrosse this season, also ranking as the second-most in his career after scoring five against Robert Morris in the 2021 season finale. He also had a career-high eight shots against Denver while tying his career-best in shots on goal (6), giving him a career-high .667 shots on goal percentage.
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 has returned 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.
SALT LAX CITY TICKETS
Single-game tickets are on sale at www.UtahTickets.com for $10 each with three more opportunities to see the Utes this season at home for a prorated season ticket price of $20. Tickets will also be available at the Ute Field ticket office prior to each home game.