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Ute Womens Lacrosse Wallops The Wolverines

Utah Utes LacrosseLocal women’s collegiate action resumed under the lights at Utah’s McCarthey Track and Field Complex on Thursday night as the second year Utah Lady Utes hosted the freshman (literally) UVU Women Wolverines. The early-March evening air was crisp, as were the Utes, leading the Red swallowing-up the Green in convincing fashion, 20 to 5.
Freshman Ute middie Katie O’Neil played well rested after enjoying home cooking in Boise last weekend, exploding for 7 points on 5 goals and 2 assists, including a laser to junior middie Nancy Ann Little for Little’s lamp-lighter, and a bulls-eye to attacker Haley Poulson for one of her 2 points. Poulson repeatedly looked to post-up her defender and had a pretty dish to sophomore center Traci Shurtleff for 1 of Shurtleff’s 5 points garnered on a helper and 4 goals, highlighted by a quick put-back on her own rebound. Shurtleff antagonized the UVU women all night, dominating the draw circle and instigating the irresistible Ute offensive drive hard toward the Wolverines’ freshman keeper, Jenny McCabe. McCabe was acrobatic, and needed to be, as the red tide was relentless in inundating the carnivore’s defensive end.
The Ute women repeatedly transitioned the ball with quick passes down the field, underscored by sophomore southpaw middie Taylor Dunn’s right-handed, one-handed snag of a long pass in traffic at midfield. Dunn tallied 2 goals, and the powerful and elusive Alta High School All American’s skill at one-handing grounders out of the scrum, and her calm-in-the-storm style were on full display for much of the contest. Ute super-soph Cody Rennert took up where she left off in Boise, tormenting the Green for 4 points off of 2 goals and 2 assists, featuring a magic feed straight down the middle from up high to a cutting O’Neil down low. Adding to the scoring tally for the Utes were senior Marissa Siegrist banging home a deuce, and sophomore Erica Davis with 2 points off an assist and a pretty left-handed goal featuring a hand-switch on the Wolverine den doorstep. Rounding out the Ute scoring and chalking-up dingers were sophomore Heather Hunter, and former Skyline High School captain, freshman Hailey Schiff.
The Ute defense was smothering and hard to crack, led by defensive stalwart, junior Sam Lawson. Ute junior goaltender Jacklyn Amadu was once again a wall, stopping 70+% of the Wolverine shots she faced, and was admirably spelled by fellow junior keep Cathryn Bonitz.
While the Wolverine women’s scoring chances were limited, making the most of their opportunities were UVU freshmen: American Fork High School coach Lindsay Gomm notching a hat-trick, Kyrie Foster adding one, and irrepressible former Riverton star Christy Jones bouncing a hard ripper past Bonitz.
Next up for the Ute women will be a home tourney on 3/23-3/25 at the Salt Lake Classic, where the Utes will attempt to pick and shovel the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers, defeat the UNLV Rebels, send the Northern Colorado Bears back into hibernation, and the lasso the Wyoming Cowgirls. The Wolverine Women will travel to Dumke Field on 3/20 to take on the powerful Westminster Griffins.

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