LOGAN, Utah – The Utah State men’s lacrosse program recently named four new captains to provide player leadership for the Aggies in 2017. Junior Brady Bolderjack, sophomore Gary Christensen along with freshmen Justin Hart and Hunter Albert were unanimously selected by their teammates.
All four captains contributed on and off the field during the fall semester and share the team’s commitment to bringing a competitive level of play for the 2017 season. Each captain is a top contributor in their respective areas, and the selections were strongly endorsed by the USU coaching staff and club presidency.
Despite a large freshman class, the depth and breadth of experience at USU is strong, and everyone recognizes the impressive talent on the team, and understands their responsibility to guide their teammates to success.
Bolderjack, a close defenseman, is a strong emotional leader on the team. He is from Brighton High School in Sandy, Utah, and had a great season last year. Bolderjack is a quick, intelligent and intense defender and consistently demonstrates strong leadership skills with the team’s defensive players. He will continue to build upon his accomplishments while leading the Aggies.
Christensen, a midfielder from Purceville, Va., immediately brought leadership and an expectation of excellence during the fall. He displays great lacrosse IQ, and brings a style of play and instruction that has helped lift the entire team, beginning with the midfielders. His high energy and commitment to excellence is one of the reasons he was selected for this leadership role. The team expects a lot of individual success for Christensen, and his contributions and example with help drive the team to new and better results this year.
Hart is one of the most versatile players on the team, and his ability to play both strong offense and defense was a tournament-changer in the Aggies undefeated trip to the Las Vegas Fall Showcase in the fall. Hart comes to Utah State from Henderson, Nev., where he was a standout at Coronado High School. Hart excels at long-stick middie, close defense, defensive midfielder and he has a strong (and accurate) shot with either a long or short pole. his ability to play at full intensity is also an emotional standard for the team, and in the same way Hart expects excellence in his own efforts, he positively brings out the best in his team as well.
Offensive ability and athletic strength define Hunter Albert, the Aggie’s other offensive captain. Albert is from Brighton High School in Sandy and one of the Aggie’s top recruits in the state because of his advanced stick skills, powerful shot and commitment to the game. Albert immediately established dominance at the attack position in the fall and has a solid work ethic that helps set the tone for the rest of the team. He will have high expectations in 2017, and even higher expectations as a major point contributor on the field.
TheAggies open their schedule at home against Montana on Feb. 10 in the Stan Laub Center in Logan, Utah.