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UVU Preseason Preview

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The college lacrosse season is upon us! As such, we’re taking a look at each college team in the state and how things have progressed leading up to the 2016 regular season. The first team we’ll highlight is the Utah Valley University Wolverines.
After many years as a national contender in the MCLA D-II ranks, UVU enters its third year in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference of MCLA’s D-I, perhaps the most competitive conference in the country. Last year the Wolverines finished with a 4-9 overall record and a fifth-place finish in the conference standings (improving on their seventh-place finish the previous year). An off-season changing of the guard for UVU’s coaching staff has the program hoping that it can continue its upward trend, move into the conference title discussion, and make a run at a national tournament berth.
The weather has provided unique challenges for the Green & Gold, who don’t have an indoor facility to use for poor-weather practice, but they feel the chance to practice in tough conditions just gives them a chance to toughen up (though they’re anxiously anticipating having a “bubble” over the field next season).
The Wolverines will be returning all three of their top scorers from last season, seniors Tanner Porter and Fred DavisUVU Logo will provide leadership, and dangerous and aptly-named sophomore attackman Brian Quick will keep the D on their toes. On the defensive side of the ball, UVU brings back dangerous LSM Jake Nelson, close-D groundball magnet Jess Perry, and junior goalie Shawn Rowley between the pipes.
In addition to these returning starters, the coaching staff has been hard at work recruiting over the fall season, bringing an influx of young talent to the UVU squad. All the new freshmen may give the Wolverines the depth they need to compete in the RMLC D-I and break into the national postseason.
UVU will have ample opportunity to test their depth this season against a very tough schedule that starts with defending national champion Grand Canyon University. When asked about their opening weekend, UVU Coach Brae Burbidge responded “This weekend will be tough. We are physically and mentally ready for this game. Being the first game for both teams it can go a lot of different ways. I know one thing, my guys are ready to play.”
One thing’s certain, the coaches and players at Utah Valley are ready to test their mettle and get this season underway. “Utah Valley University is excited for the season. We built upon some great traditions from the past and added just a few new ones. We invite anybody who wants to play collegiate lacrosse to reach out and ask us about it whether it’s for Utah Valley University or just collegiate lacrosse in general.”

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