The 2012 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association season has already started in various locations across the country, but on Thursday, the action will officially start in Utah. All three Utah MCLA D-I teams will be in action this week when UNLV makes the journey from Las Vegas to take on BYU, Utah State and Utah.
“A three game road swing is a tough haul for any team,” said UNLV Head Coach Darren Gagnon. “This will truly be a test of our endurance and our ability to stay healthy and progressing as a team from the first game with BYU Thursday night to our last game Saturday afternoon against Utah. There is a tremendous range amongst these three opponents. We are hoping to play competitive lacrosse and give each team a good game.”
UNLV will be coming to Utah following a 21-4 loss to Chapman last weekend.
UNLV @ No. 1 BYU – BYU North Fields, 7:00pm
BYU and the Runnin’ Rebels have never met on the lacrosse field.
Coach Gagnon: “I don’t think you can say enough about the success that BYU has enjoyed for many years now. Coach Schneck and Jason Lamb before him, have built a tremendous program that not only enjoys success on the field and also support from the institution, community and parents that would well serve any team. The opportunity to play BYU, is the opportunity to play against one of the very best programs at any level in college lacrosse.”
No. 1 BYU @ Boise State – Bronco Stadium, 4:00pm
The Cougars will head to Boise to take on the Broncos on the famous Blue Turf at Bronco Stadium. These two teams met last season with BYU taking a 17-3 win at home. BYU Attackmen Ted Ferrin had 4 goals and 4 assists in that game and will look to duplicate his performance this year.
BYU Head Coach Matt Schneck on scheduling a home game on Thursday then traveling to Boise for Friday and Saturday games: “Scheduling MCLA games provides a variety of unique opportunities. The concept of 1 game per weekend isn’t always realistic with travel budgets that need to be taken into consideration. With that in mind, we do what is necessary to get our games on the schedule and provide our team with as much game time as possible. This particular weekend happen to work out to be 3 games in 3 days with a decent amount of travel involved. I am anticipating a few challenges along the way, but recognize that will provide us with an opportunity to learn and grow.”
UNLV @ Utah State – Utah State University, 8:00pm
Both teams were not affiliated with the MCLA last year and choose to play as independents. The Aggies are led by Jon Atwood who took the job with Utah State last Spring. The two teams last met in 2010 with UNLV taking a 21-8 win over the Aggies.
UNLV @ No. 17 Utah – Judge Memorial High School, 2:00pm
The last time these two teams met, both teams had players ejected which eventually led to UNLV being suspended from the MCLA. The Utes won that game 11-10 on the back of Goalie Alex Watanawekin who had 11 saves.
No. 1 BYU v. No. 18 Simon Fraser (1-0) – Bronco Stadium, 2:00pm
Simon Fraser and the Cougars have met five times with BYU holding a 4-1 record against the Clan. The only loss came in 2009 with Simon Fraser came to Provo and left with a 17-14 victory. In 2011, BYU handled the Clan at home, 16-8. Simon Fraser has played one game this season, beating MCLA D-II Western Washington 16-12.