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Men's Preview – Week 3

Goal #13

Week 2 went pretty well for teams from Utah: BYU beat UNLV at home (recap and gallery), Westminster went on the road for the W at Notre Dame de Namur, Utah won a double-OT thriller vs USC in SoCal, and UVU jumped into the MCLA D-I poll for the first time ever. In Week 3 things just get busier with BYU travelling to Idaho to play Boise State and Simon Fraser, the University of Montana coming to town to take on a pair of local teams, and Westminster playing their second NCAA game at Colorado Mesa.
2/19 – BYU @ Boise St. – 3:00pm
Despite continual improvement year after year, the Broncos still got beat up by the Cougars last season, 18-9. BSU is 2-0 on the season so far, beating Nevada 19-4 and Montana 24-6. The Broncos lean heavily on the attack tandem of Liam Finn and Adam Smith who each have 14 points on the season.

Goal #13
Goal #13
2/19 – Montana @ UVU – 7:00pm
The Grizzlies and Wolverines haven’t faced each other in almost a decade – in 2007 both were top-5 teams in MCLA D-II and UVU took home the 16-13 win. Both are very different teams now, playing in MCLA D-I, but appear to still be similar to one another: both squads boast a 1-1 record and average around 7 goals per game. The difference may come down to the man in the cage – UVU’s Shawn Rowley is saving 66% of the shots that come his way, while Montana’s Andrew Moesel is saving 48%.
2/20 – Westminster @ Colorado Mesa – 2:00pm
The 1-0 Griffins will be giving the CMU Mavericks their first game of the season. CMU was able to handle Westminster last season, handing the Griffins a 22-9 loss.
2/20 – BYU v. Simon Fraser – 2:00pm
No. 20 Simon Fraser is 1-0 on the season and looking to return to the MCLA D-I top-10 where they used to be a mainstay. Junior goalie Jeremy Lashar is saving an incredible 80% for The Clan this season and junior attackman Tyler Kirkby scored a blistering 8 points in Simon Fraser’s first game last week. The Clan will be looking to improve upon the 9-20 drubbing they took at the hands of the Cougars last season.
2/20 – Montana @ Utah – 2:00pm
Utah was able to pull off a brilliant double-overtime victory over USC last week, but it didn’t leave them much in the tank to play in the Pac12 Shootout, falling to No. 13 Stanford and No. 8 Arizona. Montana may be the team with tired legs in this one, though, as they will be coming off an evening game against UVU the night before. These evenly-matched squads played a close game that ended in a 12-8 Grizzlies victory last year, but the Utes fresh legs and home field advantage could tilt the game in their favor this year.

  1. Boise State hasn’t played any of those teams. They beat Nevada and Montana. Check the year.
    Montana and UVU couldn’t be more different. Montana lost to Boise by 18, UVU beat the Number 1 country in league. That analysis is baffling.

    1. Amended. Sorry, I got lost checking last year’s results between teams and this year’s games thus far. Thanks for keeping me honest!

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