PHOENIX, ARIZ. — UVU Men’s Lacrosse is in the middle of a five-game road stretch over the span of 10 days that has covered Nevada, Idaho and Arizona. Tuesday afternoon the Wolverines faced a then-ranked No. 16 Grand Canyon University squad fresh off a victory over then-ranked No. 3 Concordia-Irvine.
Utah Valley jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead to start the game as each team would go on mini-runs. GCU called a timeout as UVU went up 3-1 and UVU called timeout as GCU found its only lead of the day at 5-4. The quarter would end with the Wolverines up 6-5.
The two teams displayed contrasting styles throughout the game. GCU would look to slow the game down and initiate their offense with about 40 seconds left on the shot clock, which unfortunately led to several violations throughout the game due to Utah Valley being able to hold them off for the remainder of the shot clock. The Wolverines, however, looked to push the ball in transition and find early shots when available. UVU would see offensive production from its faceoff unit as the unit would produce 5 goals. Faceoff specialists Casey James and Scott Sutherland would both net goals, LSM Porter Shepherd would score twice in addition to LSM Cory Ernst finding the back of the net as well. GCU looked to keep the ball out of UVU’s attackmen’s hands leaving lanes and space for the UVU break.
Kade Arbon: End of Regulation Save For UVU v. GCU
UVU would maintain a multiple-goal lead through halftime (12-9) and the third quarter (16-13). Grand Canyon, however, wasn’t willing to bow out early. They would continue to fight and pull even in the fourth. UVU’s goalie Kade Arbon made a clutch last second save at the end of regulation to force overtime.
Both teams each had a possession in overtime, both of which proved fruitless. On UVU’s second look on offense a flag was thrown on Grand Canyon Univeristy. The penalty would never be assessed, however, as freshman midfielder Ryan Lunt found the back of the net during the delayed penalty call to give the Wolverines the win.
Utah Valley will be back in action in less than 24 hours as they will face Arizona State University Wednesday night in Phoenix. Game time is at 7:00 p.m. MST.
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