On the line

By By Natalie Dicou

By Natalie Dicou

The U lacrosse club will try to finish its regular season on a high note when it meets up with BYU tonight in Provo.

A win over the Cougars, who are ranked No. 2 nationally, would likely catapult the Utes into the top 10 and qualify them for the national championship tournament in Dallas, Texas, said team captain Tom Fernandez.

The Utes, who have been holding steadfast at No. 13 for the past few weeks, are coming off a disappointing weekend in which they beat UVSC but lost to Westminster College.

For the forward-thinking Utes, that’s in the distant past.

“We put that behind us immediately,” said Fernandez, who believes his team has a good shot at making the tournament. “We’re still sitting where anything can happen.”

Getting off to a strong start will be key for the Utes if they want to upset the Cougars.

“We need to come out hot,” Fernandez said. “It’s that really crucial first period (that sets the tone).”

The Utes might have a slight advantage when it comes to scouting out the other team. A few BYU games were televised on BYU-TV so the Utes have a sneak peak at what they’re up against.

At this advanced stage of the season, Fernandez said that mental preparation is the most important aspect of the game.

The game is at South Field in Provo at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on BYU-TV.