Utes Fall Short Against BYU
SALT LAKE CITY – The University of Utah Men’s Lacrosse team fell to rival No 3 BYU on Saturday by the score of 18-6 at McCarthy Field in Salt Lake City. The Utes trailed 6-4 at half, but a strong second half by the Cougars would be the difference in this game.
BYU opened the scoring at the 9:07 mark when Chris Weinberger found the net, followed by a goal by Zach Jordan on an inside roll to give BYU a 2-0 lead. Utah scored next when long-stick midfielder Danny Maxwell scooped up a loose ball 10 yards in front of the crease, turned and bounced it in for his first MCLA goal. BYU Freshman Aaron Fjeldsted scored back-to-back goals to give BYU a 4-1 lead which is how the first quarter would end.
The Cougars scored first in the second quarter and then each team scored a goal to make the score 6-2 for BYU. Utah Attackman Cody Cantrell scored next when he scooped up a loose ball on a failed BYU clear and took it to the wing, then dodged towards the crease, beating his defender and slotting it in the back of the net. The next goal came when Utah Midfielder Greg Serkakis got a loose ball on the defensive end, cleared the ball past the midline and found Cantrell on the wing who held the ball for a few seconds and then passed back to Serkakis who was wide open. Serkakis caught the ball, turned and shot low, scoring his first goal of the season.
Each team scored two goals in the beginning of the third quarter, making the score 8-6 for BYU in the middle of the quarter. The Cougars then went on a four-goal run while keeping Utah off the board, making the score 12-6 at the end of the third quarter. The Utes ran out of steam and allowed BYU to score 6 more goals in the fourth quarter without finding the back of the net.
“We had a bunch of players in new spots but they’ve played very well,” said Utah Head Coach Rick Kladis. “Pat Griffin is in day 10 of being a goalie and has faced the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 teams in the country and played well. Moving Bennett Jonas to defense has really bolstered our defense which is something we have struggled with all year, so I liked the new guys in their new spots. We hustled on the groundballs which is an improvement.”
Utah was led by Cantrell who had 1 goal and 2 assists while David Bicker had 2 goals. Utah Goalie Pat Griffin had 17 saves. Utah Faceoff Specialist Jake Burkelbach went 17 of 21 from the face-off X.
With the loss, Utah finished the regular season with an overall record of 4-11 and a conference record of 0-4, giving them the No. 5 seed in the RMLC playoffs. The playoffs begin on Saturday, April 26 when Utah will face cross-town rival and No. 11 ranked Westminster at Dumke Field in Salt Lake City.