Utah Lacrosse Goes Undefeated In ASUN Play, Beats Detroit Mercy 16-9
SALT LAKE CITY – In front of a record 1,374 crowd at Ute Field, the University of Utah Lacrosse team finished the regular season with a 16-9 senior day victory over Detroit Mercy. The Utes went undefeated in ASUN games, finishing 5-0 in conference play and 9-3 overall, which is Utah's best record in program history.
It was Utah's sixth straight win this season, the longest winning streak in school history. With postseason starting next week, the Utes have already set new school records in single-season points (263), goals (162), assists (101), ground balls (389) and wins (9).
Against Detroit Mercy, the Utes out-shot the Titans 52-45, holding DMU to just 19 shots on goal. Utah also won the ground ball battle at 29-27 while forcing six of the Titans' 22 turnovers.
Tyler Bradbury once again led the Utes in points with seven, recording a career-high five goals along with two assists. His seven points officially gives him 52 this season, setting a new single-season record at Utah.
Senior Josh Stout and sophomore Jared Andreala both recorded hat tricks with two assists each for 10 combined points while Carson Moyer scored his second mulit-goal game of the season with two. Cole Brams recorded a team-high eight ground balls while winning 11-of-19 faceoffs with Samuel Cambere adding a team-best two caused turnovers and two ground balls.
In goal, Zion Dechesere finished the game with nine saves and nine goals allowed, the fifth time in the last six games he has kept a team to under 10 goals when he is in front of the net.
FIRST QUARTER BREAKDOWN
The Utes trailed 1-0 to start the game after Detroit Mercy struck first, but its only lead of the game would last just 10 seconds after Andreala found the back of the net to tie it up.
Andreala's goal would start a 7-0 run for the Utes with Moyer and Bradbury scoring 14 seconds apart beginning at the 8:10 mark, followed by Bradbury's second goal of the quarter to make it 4-1 with 6:58 to go.
Andreala and Bradbury would keep the run alive with their second and third goals of the game followed by a cheeky goal by Jordan Hyde to give Utah a 7-1 lead before Detroit Mercy would score to make it a five-point game heading into the second quarter.
SECOND QUARTER BREAKDOWN
Bradbury would strike for the fourth time with 11:04 in the second quarter after Hyde found him open in front of the net with Stout slinging one in for a 9-2 Utah advantage at the 7:16 mark.
After DMU found its way past the Utes with under three minutes to go in the quarter, Bradbury would score his fifth goal of the game on an assist from Andreala to give Utah a 10-3 lead heading into halftime.
THIRD QUARTER BREAKDOWN
Detroit Mercy would score two unanswered goals to start the third quarter, cutting the Utah lead to five with 12:48 on the clock, but Moyer would fire a shot into the net from 15 yards out to end the run. Branden Wilson scored his third goal of the season with 8:55 to go in the quarter before DMU made it 12-6 just seconds later.
Utah would score a 3-0 run on goals from MJ McMahon, Andreala and Stout with less than five minutes left on the clock, but DMU ended the run with their seventh goal of the game for the Utes to take an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter.
FOURTH QUARTER BREAKDOWN
After Detroit Mercy scored in the first 30 seconds of the fourth quarter, the Utes would put in its final goal of the game, coming from Stout on a man-up play to make it 16-8 with 14:07 to go in the game. The Titans would score with 3:55 on the clock, but saves by Dechesere and Bryce Cheek would keep DMU at bay for the win.
No. 1 seeded Utah is set to head to Huntsville, Ala., to play in the ASUN Championship, starting in the semifinals against the No. 4 seed Bellarmine. The game will start at 12 p.m. MT on ESPN+.