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.
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.