Utah Lacrosse Earns First Top 20 Ranking In Program History
SALT LAKE CITY – For the first time in program history, the University of Utah Lacrosse team has landed inside the Top 20 in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Fresh off taking down the No. 8 Jacksonville Dolphins on Sunday afternoon, Utah ranks No. 18 in the Inside Lacrosse Top 20, while also landing at No. 20 in the coaches poll.
Utah has two ranked wins this season, also beating the No. 17 Vermont Catamounts on the road on Feb. 12, 11-10. Utah's win over Vermont was its first ranked win in program history with its victory over the Dolphins serving as its first win over a top-10 opponent.
Utah is 3-1 overall this season, its best start in program history, with all three wins coming on the road. Through four games, the Utes are leading the ASUN in its first year in the conference in assists per game (9.0), clearing percentage (.952), ground balls per game (32.25), man-up offense (.444), points per game (22.0) and scoring offense (13.0).
The Utes game against Jacksonville on Sunday was one for the record books with Utah scoring the fourth-most points in a game in program history (27), also recording the third-most goals since the program started in 2019 (16).
The Utes had nine different players score at least one goal against the Dolphins with five of those being multi-goal performances. Tyler Bradbury led the way with a career-high four goals and season-high six points (2 assists), while MJ McMahon, Ruben Santana, Josh Stout and Jordan Hyde all added two goals each.
Samuel Cambere was solid for the Utes on defense, picking up a season-high and team-high seven ground balls in the game with faceoff specialists and midfielder Cole Brams tying for the team-lead with seven GBs as well. Brams was also outstanding in faceoffs on Sunday afternoon, going 18-of-29 (.620), including winning 5-of-7 in the final quarter.
Utah's net defender was also lights out on Sunday afternoon as Zion Dechesere racked up 10 saves for a 50-percent save percentage on the day.
Utah will remain on the road to play the UMBC Retrievers on Friday, March 11 at 5 p.m. MT. The game will be live streamed through AmericaEast.com with live stats available on UtahUtes.com.