Utah Lacrosse Advances To ASUN Championship With 12-11 OT Win vs. Bellarmine
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In Utah Lacrosse's first postseason game in program history, the Utes came from behind to force overtime and eventually beat the Bellarmine Knights on a last second goal to win 12-11 and advance to Saturday's ASUN Championship game. Utah improved to 10-3 overall this season, the best record in program history.
After being down one with under a minute to play in regulation, Utah's Tyler Bradbury found an open window with just one second remaining for a shot – and he made it count, sending the game into overtime.
The game would remain tied 11-11 until the final minute of the overtime period when Josh Stout found Jordan Hyde on the corner to fire one into the back of the net, winning the game with the golden goal to advance. It was Utah's fifth overtime game and second overtime win in program history.
With seven ties and multiple lead changes, it was a battle to the end for the Utes and the Knights with Utah out-shooting Bellarmine 41-40 with 25-21 shots on goal. The Utes won the ground ball battle 27-20 and was 18-of-26 on face-offs while also forcing 10 of Bellarmine's 20 turnovers.
Hyde was unstoppable from start to finish for the Utes, scoring a team-high six goals, including three in the second half and the game winner. MJ McMahon and Tyler Bradbury added two goals and one assist each while Cody Hart and Carson Moyer scored one goal a piece with Moyer contributing a ground ball and an assist.
Cole Brams recorded a team-high 12 ground balls while winning 69-percent of his face-off attempts (18-of-26) with Cambere notching a career-high tying five caused turnovers. His five caused turnovers ties the Utah single-game record that he set in 2019 against Mercer, giving him a school record 27 this season.
FIRST QUARTER BREAKDOWN
After Bellarmine struck first, Utah answered with back-to-back goals from Hyde, including a backhand shot with 8:07 on the clock to take the 2-1 lead in the first quarter. Bellarmine tied things up with 7:28 to go, but the Utes would answer once again.
The Utes would find the back of the net with two unanswered goals to end the quarter, starting with McMahon on a skip pass from Bradbury to make it 3-2. Hyde would then score his third goal of the game with 2:13 on the clock with a rocket from 15 yards out for the two-point lead heading to the second quarter.
The scoring run for the Utes would continue into the second quarter with McMahon putting in his second goal of the game with 12:33 on the clock, followed by a goal that included a sneaky dodge from Moyer to make it 6-2 with 9:36 to play.
Moyer's goal would be the last of the quarter for the Utes with Bellarmine scoring two unanswered down the stretch to make it a two-point game at halftime.
THIRD QUARTER BREAKDOWN
Bellarmine tied the game early in the third quarter, making it 6-6 with 11:15 on the clock, but Hyde would find the back of the cage once again with help from Cambere to take a one-point lead. The Knights put together a 2-0 run to take an 8-7 lead with 4:49 to go in the quarter, putting the pressure on Utah with under five minutes on the clock.
Bradbury would find his way in front of the net for a quick goal with 2:28 on the clock to tie the game, but Bellarmine would counter on its ninth goal of the game for a one-point advantage heading to the fourth.
FOURTH QUARTER & OVERTIME BREAKDOWN
The Knights would make it a two-point game with 8:13 on the clock, putting Utah on its heels as time started to tick away. After both teams went scoreless for several minutes, Hyde made it count again with 5:23 left in regulation after Ruben Santana found him open on a fastbreak situation, making it 10-9 in Bellarmine's favor.
Hart tied the game 10-10 with 3:53 on the clock before Bellarmine would score with 2:01 to go for another one-point lead. Goalkeeper Zion Dechesere, who finished the game with 10 saves, came up with one of his biggest of the game with 40 seconds remaining, keeping the Titans out of the back of the net with the Utes clearing successfully to get a timeout.
After the timeout, the Utes took the field for one final possession. Tyler Bradbury would have the ball at the corner of the cage, breaking free from the double-team to find the goal and sink the ball to tie the game 11-11 and send it into overtime.
After a turnover by the Utes with 3:40 left in the overtime period, Bellarmine would find its way to scoring territory, but it would be ASUN Defensive Player of the Year Cambere who would cause a turnover on the Knights to regain possession for Utah.
Cambere would find Stout with close to 30 seconds remaining in the game with Stout finding an open Hyde for his sixth and final goal of the game, sealing Utah's spot in the ASUN Championship.
Utah will play the winner of the Robert Morris vs. Air Force game in the ASUN Championship on Saturday, May 7. The game will start at 12 p.m. MT and will air on ESPN+.