No. 18 Utah Lacrosse Edged By UMBC, 13-10
BALTIMORE, Md. – The No. 18 University of Utah Lacrosse team fell to the UMBC Retrievers today, suffering its first road loss of the season after falling 13-10. Utah is 3-2 overall this season.
The Utes struggled to find offensive rhythm throughout the game, finishing the game with 15 turnovers that included six caused. Utah also had a season-low on ground balls with 25, giving up 32 to the Retrievers.
The Utes had four different players score two points each with Josh Stout, Jordan Hyde and Carson Moyer all scoring two goals apiece. Moyer's two goals is a season-high and his first multi-goal game this season.
Cole Brams was solid for the Utes on faceoffs today, winning 17-of-27, also racking up a season-high and team-high seven ground balls. Josh Rose also had six ground balls along with a goal and an assist for two points.
FIRST QUARTER BREAKDOWN
Turnovers plagued the Utes to start the first quarter, allowing the Retrievers to get on the board first. Rose would have an answer for Utah though, scoring at the 11:52 mark after turning on the burners to break free from his defender for a solo goal.
The Utes would finish the quarter with six of its 15 turnovers with UMBC taking a 2-1 lead into the second quarter.
SECOND QUARTER BREAKDOWN
Hyde tied the score early in the second quarter with a low and fast shot to the corner with 13:05 on the clock with the Utes taking the lead just a minute later. After Joey Boylston would caused a turnover, the long stick defender would get the ground ball and find Tyler Bradbury on the counter to make it 3-2 at the 11:52 mark.
Unfortunately for the Utes, that would be their final point of the quarter with UMBC going on a 5-0 run to take a 7-3 lead into halftime. Two penalties and two turnovers on the Utes during the run wouldn't help their cause with the team heading into the third quarter down four.
THIRD QUARTER BREAKDOWN
Utah would make it a two-point game early in the third quarter on goals from Moyer and MJ McMahon with 12:55 on the clock, leaving UMBC with a 7-5 lead. The Retrievers would answer with a goal of their own to give them a three-point advantage, but Brams would once again win the faceoff, battling through sticks to get his second goal of the season to cut it to two for the second time in the third quarter.
That is when UMBC shifted the momentum toward the Retrievers again, going on a 3-0 run to take an 11-6 lead with 6:12 left to play in the quarter. Stout would score his first goal of the game with 5:13 to go in the period, but the Utes would still head to the final quarter down four.
FOURTH QUARTER BREAKDOWN
UMBC would strike first in the fourth quarter, making it a five-point game, but Stout would quickly get the Utes' deficit down to four with his second goal of the game with 12:00 left to play. Utah would whittle away at the lead once again with a diving goal from Moyer to cut it to three with 8:04 on the clock, but the Utes would stumble with a long scoring drought heading into the final minutes of the game.
UMBC would score its final goal of the game with 5:55 remaining. Hyde would put in his second goal of the game at the 2:04 mark, but it would be the Utes final shot of the game, falling 13-10.
Utah will wrap up its five-game road trip with a morning game against Georgetown on Saturday, March 19. The game will start at 9 a.m. MT.