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ULN Dispatch — Feb. 13, 2018

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Bubba, baby!

Inside Lacrosse’s podcast “In the Crease” aired an episode yesterday about last weekend’s NCAA Division I action. Dan Aburn and Kyle Devitte broke down the game, and had high praise for former Brighton Bengal and current Maryland freshman and Bubba Fairman. Aburn said of Fairman, “He could really have an impactful year scoring-wise for the ‘Terps.” Aburn called Fairman a “physical mismatch” that “is best when he’s using his feet to make plays.” In the podcast, Aburn also mentioned how the coaching staff was “very high on him.”

To listen to the podcast, please visit Inside Lacrosse’s website.

Utah men’s collegiate teams to open play this week

The University of Utah men’s lacrosse team is set to open their regular season this Thursday, Feb. 15 against Cal Poly. The Utes entered the preseason MCLA poll at No. 8. Utah finished last season just outside of the polls, receiving 36 points in voting. Head Coach Brian Holman said in a press release, “The benefits we hope to gain from this trip should be invaluable for all of us as we begin this 2018 journey.”

Captain Gus Colonna said in the same release, “We’ve been putting in countless hours preparing for February 15, and I think I speak for all the guys on the team when I say we’re excited to play someone in a different colored jersey.For information on the games’ broadcasts, please visit Utah’s website.

Utah Valley University has high hopes for this season, which kicks off this Friday at 6:00 p.m. against Colorado State. Coach Brian Barnhill at the Utah Lacrosse News Media Day at UVU, “We’re in one of the most difficult conferences in the nation. To break through and make the conference championships is definitely one of our goals.”

They will be tested early as CSU is at No. 12 in the MCLA preseason poll, and Colorado is at No. 6. The Wolverines look to rely on Justin Haws for leadership and to command the offense, who was their leading scorer in 2017. Jaden Foster will anchor the defense at LSM.

Westminster opens at Notre Dame de Namur at Notre Dame in Belmont, California. The Griffins were ranked second in the RMAC behind No. 1 Colorado Mesa University. Westminster faced CMU three times last year in which one game went into overtime. Look for players such as Thomas Sarjeant, Nick Marcy, and Troy Vance to lead the Griffins’ offense. Connor MacFarlane returns in goal for the Griffins, who posted a .517 save percentage last season.

US Lacrosse Announces “Team-Up Speak-Up Day”

To help raise awareness about the need for concussion safety, US Lacrosse has teamed up with the Concussion Legacy Foundation to create the first-ever “Team-Up Speak-Up Day” on March 1, 2018. US Lacrosse is asking each lacrosse coach to give at least a one-minute speech at the beginning of the season that “helps keep athletes safe from concussion and improves the concussion culture.” Dr. Bruce Griffin, director of the Center for Sport Science at US Lacrosse said, “Working with the Concussion Legacy Foundation’s Team Up Speak Up effort, we hope that every lacrosse player hears their coach share this vital message.”

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