UVU Lacrosse took down the Simon Fraser Clan on Friday night in what was a solid win for the Wolverines. Final score? 13-4.
While UVU Lacrosse has been garnered more attention across the MCLA this year for their performance, it was a roughly 29 second video that thrust the Wolverines in to the national spotlight over the weekend.
Here’s the clip from videographer Ciaran Giroux below.
The video is of Preston Burbidge, a freshman (eligibility-wise) captain from Olympus High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Burbidge shakes his man, who falls over, at which point Burbidge waves to the Simon Fraser defender and proceeds to run down the field and score on the goalie stick-side high.
Quotable — UVU Lacrosse:
“Preston is an awesome guy—he’s not one to show off. He’s a guy you want as your friend.”Utah Valley University Men’s Lacrosse head coach Brian Barnhill
The video made it to major sporting outlets such as House of Highlights, SportsCenter, Bleacher Report, Barstool Sports, etc. The list goes on. As of Monday night, the video had 3.71 million views on Barstool Sports alone.
The clip sparked a heated debate on #LaxTwitter, as people from across the lacrosse community sounded off, voicing their displeasure of the act.
However, lacrosse stars such as Paul Rabil and Jerry Ragonese both loved the video. See below:
Even stars from other sports, such as Odell Beckham, Jr. and the Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell weighed in on their social media accounts.
UVU Lacrosse head coach Brian Barnhill told the UVU Review that, “Preston is an awesome guy—he’s not one to show off. He’s a guy you want as your friend.”
Barnhill also reiterated how Burbidge spends time at UVU’s Marisa Nellesen Center for Autism and is a great teammate.
This isn’t the first time that UVU Lacrosse has made the national spotlight, either. UVU shocked the MCLA world when they took down No. 1 ranked Grand Canyon University in their season-opener at Grand Canyon.
The UVU Men’s Lacrosse team will next take on UNLV on Friday, March 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is part of a two-game road trip in which they will also face UCLA at a neutral site.