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Utah Lacrosse Secures 12-11 Win At Marquette

Feb 26, 2022

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The University of Utah Lacrosse team won its second game in a row on the road, beating the Marquette Golden Eagle 12-11 on Saturday afternoon. The Utes improved to 2-1 overall.

After a high scoring first half, the Utes were able to rely on its defense and composure under pressure to walk away with a win. The Utes had nine different players record goals while also beating the Golden Eagles in the ground ball game at 30-29.

Jordan Hyde, Tyler Bradbury and MJ McMahon all scored two goals each with Hyde and Bradbury leading the Utes with three points each. It was Hyde's third straight multi-goal game, also scoring two against Vermont and a season-high four against Denver.

With Bradbury's assist today against Marquette, he has officially broken the school record in career assists. He entered the year with 25, now holding 31 in 18 career games, passing James Sexton, who had 30 from 2019-20.

On defense, Samuel Cambere was solid for the Utes, grabbing a season-best seven ground balls while also recording four of Utah's five caused turnovers. It is the second-most caused turnovers in his career after setting the school record with five against Mercer in 2019.

Cambere would get the Utes on the board first with his second goal of the season after a save from Zion Dechesere would give Utah a fast break for the long stick score. After Marquette countered, the Utes would score two unanswered from Bradbury and Cole Brams within six seconds of each other to put Utah up 3-1.

Utah would hold a 4-1 lead with 8:11 to go in the first quarter, but the Golden Eagles would answer with a 3-0 run to tie things up with under three minutes left in the period. A goal by Hyde would give Utah a one-point advantage late, but Marquette would score the tying goal to send the Utes and the Golden Eagles into the second quarter at 5-5.

Marquette took a one-goal lead early in the second quarter before McMahon scored his first of two goals in the quarter, starting with a sharp angled shot with 11:02 to make it 6-6. The back and forth would continue as the Utes took a 7-6 lead with 8:29 to go on McMahon's second goal of the game with Marquette evening things up at 7-7 less than a minute later.

It would then be Utah's turn to take a two-point swing in their favor with Tyler Schifko starting things off with his first collegiate goal, assisted by Jared Andreala. Hyde would score his second goal on the day with 26 seconds left in the quarter with the Utes heading into halftime up two.

Both teams slowed the game down in the third quarter with Marquette tying things up at the 6:27 mark to make it 9-9, holding the Utes scoreless until the 2:52 mark. Bradbury would break free from behind the goal, making his way around for a solid shot to the back of the net to give Utah a one-point advantage as the teams headed to the final quarter.

After Marquette tied the score 10-10 early in the fourth quarter, Dechesere made two pivotal saves with Carson Moyer getting the counter attack goal on the other end to give the Utes an 11-10 advantage with 9:02 left to play.

The Utes continued to keep the Golden Eagles out of the back of the net with saves from Dechesere and caused turnovers from Cambere and Colby Plotts, allowing Utah's Ryan Rogers to score his first goal of the season and give Utah a 12-10 lead with 3:34 to go.

Marquette would go on to score with 37 seconds remaining in the game, but the Utes would keep them at bay to secure the road victory at 12-11.

The Utes will remain on the road next week, taking on Jacksonville on Sunday, March 6 at 4 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.