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Utah Utes Release 2011 Schedule

1 - Published January 17, 2011 by in College

For Immediate Release – Utah Lacrosse

The Utah Men’s Lacrosse Team released their 2011 schedule which features two road trips and eight teams who finished in the top 14 of the final 2010 Prodigy Network Division I Top 25 Poll.

The Utes kick things off on Feb. 11 when they take on Montana at home. Montana, who finished 2010 with a 2-8 record, will be a good warm-up game for the Utes.

“We’re excited to renew that series with Montana and excited to get started at home,” said Utah Head Coach Craig Morris.”

Utah then travels to California to take on UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 17 and then two days later, the Utes travel to UCLA to play in the inaugural Pac-12 Showdown where they will face Arizona State and UCLA on the 19th and 20th. Arizona State finished first in the SLC in 2010 with a 16-4 record overall and made it to the MCLA National Tournament Championship Game but lost to Michigan, 12-11.

“This road trip will be a tremendous challenge for us,” said Morris.
Utah then plays host to Simon Fraser on Feb. 25 who finished 10-8 in 2010 who received an at-large bid to the National Tournament and lost in the Semifinals to Arizona State.

Minnesota-Duluth comes to town on March 6. The Bulldogs were 14-4 overall and 7-0 in the UMLL. Minnesota-Duluth made it to the second round of the National Tournament, falling to Chapman. In 2007, Minnesota-Duluth came to town and pulled off a 1 goal win over the Utes.

Utah opens RMLC play on March 11 against Colorado who will be coming to Salt Lake in hopes beating the Utes. Utah beat Colorado last year by the score of 9-6.
“Colorado is a huge rival for us and we’re excited for them to come to town and get the RMLC play underway,” said Morris.

San Diego, who finished 2010 with a record of 9-9, comes to face the Utes on March 17. Utah will then take on Chapman on March 25. Chapman finished 16-3 and in 2010, received an at-large bid to the National Tournament and lost to Michigan in the Semifinals.

Utah will then play two in-state Division II rivals in scrimmages. Utah will face UVU on April 6 and Westminster on April 12. Both teams played Utah last year with Utah beating the Griffins, 15-8, and UVU, 13-12.

“We are excited to play our local rivals,” said Morris. “It’s always exciting and an important measuring stick for us.”

The Utes will then travel to Boise, Idaho to take on Boise State on April 15 before finishing RMLC play against Colorado State on April 22 and BYU on April 30.

“We hope to win a bunch of these ball games,” said Morris. “We’ve given ourselves a chance to beat some big teams this year and we need to get some wins under our belt and we’ll impress some pollsters and hopefully get into the National Tournament.”

Schedule
Feb. 11 – Montana
Feb. 17 – @UC Santa Barbara
Feb. 19 – Arizona State @ UCLA
Feb. 20 – @UCLA
Feb. 25 – Simon Fraser
Mar. 6 – Minnesota-Duluth
Mar. 11 – Colorado
Mar. 17 – San Diego
Mar. 25 – Chapman
Apr. 6 – @Utah Valley
Apr. 12 – Westminster
Apr. 15 – @Boise State
Apr. 22 – Colorado State
Apr. 30 – @BYU
For more information, please visit utelacrosse.net

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