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MCLA Recap/Preview: The Season Is In Full Swing

BYU Lacrosse LogoLast weekend was another great weekend in the MCLA lacrosse world. BYU went to Vegas and came away unscathed. The Griffins and Aggies weren’t as fortunate as they faced stiff competition against No. 1 Colorado State and No. 5 Colorado.
The No. 3 Cougars opened the weekend on Thursday against UNLV. The home-side fought hard, staying level with the Cougars for the entire game. BYU came away with the 9-7 win in the end. Sophomore Attackmen Mike Fabrizio led the Cougars with 3 goals and 2 assists. Freshman FOS Andrew Welling went 9-16 from X.
Last Friday, the Cougars faced No. 9 Chapman in a classic game. The Panthers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first quarter but the Cougars clawed back to trail 6-5 at halftime. The game was tied at 8 after three quarters when the BYU defense refused to lose, holding Chapman scoreless in the fourth quarter, sealing a 11-8 win. Freshman Attackmen Jayden Haws and Senior D-Middie Mickell Walker each notched 3 goals. Walker also had 10 ground balls. Goalie Rob Ostler had 10 saves.
Last Saturday, BYU faced LMU. The Cougars were leading 9-2 in the fourth quarter when the power at the stadium went out and the game was called. Fabrizio had 3 goals and 1 assist at that point to lead the Cougars.
In Colorado, Utah State lost to No. 1 Colorado State 21-2 and No. 5 Colorado 19-2.
Westminster also faced Colorado State and Colorado, losing 14-7 and 13-5 respectively. Westminster is still on their week long road trip and will face Adams State today at 3:00pm and Western State tomorrow.
On Friday, Utah State will host Montana. The two teams have never faced each other but Montana Head Coach Tucker Sargent said, “We really have no idea what to expect from Utah State, it will be our first time playing them ever.  Their record shows that they have had a tough start to the season, but they have played some very challenging teams so its hard to gauge where they are as a team over all.  For all we know they could just be getting going.  We are going to just assume that they are as tough as any other team is out there and prepare for a tough game.  Whenever a team starts out with a losing record you know they want a win real bad and that can make for a very challenging game, especially when we are playing them in front of their fans.”
On Saturday, Montana will make the drive to Salt Lake to face Utah at 2pm at Judge Memorial. The teams have played each other 3 times, with Utah winning all three. In 2010 & 2011, the Utes simply out classed the Grizzlies, but in 2012, Utah only won by a goal. Coach Sargent said, “They are a very well coached team, they have a deep bench and they have already beaten two of our conference rivals.  This game could be a good barometer to see how we stack up with our own conference opponents as we head into in conference play.  The good news for us is that we have been playing Utah closer and closer each year, losing a 4th quarter lead last year.  We will have to stay focused for the entire game and not beat ourselves if we want a chance at beating them, because they will definitely provide enough challenges on their own.”
Also on Saturday, Utah State will head to Provo to take on No. 3 BYU at 4pm. The Cougars own a 5-0 record against the Aggies, with the closest game coming in 2006 when BYU won 11-0. Former Cougar and current Bingham Head Coach Marshall Kay had 3 goals in the win.
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