Ute Briefs (3/24)

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Lacrosse

The No. 25 Utah lacrosse team spent its spring break in Southern California, but it wasn’t there for fun and sun. The Utes were there to play three games in four days.

Utah started the trip against Claremont College (5-3) on Thursday in Claremont. The Utes got off to a slow start, trailing 6-1 at the end of the first quarter, but went back and forth with Claremont throughout the second and third quarters to pull the score to 10-5. That’s as close as the U got to winning. Claremont came out fired up in the fourth quarter and scored five goals while the Utes failed to score and lost 15-5. Junior attackman Matt Qualey had one goal and one assist.

“Claremont is a hungry team, and they took it to us,” Utah head coach Rich Levi said.

On Friday, Utah faced off against No. 3 Chapman (9-1) in Orange County. Utah came into the game as an underdog but managed to hold Chapman scoreless in the second quarter, resulting in a 4-2 halftime lead for Chapman. The Utes couldn’t keep up in the second half, though. Qualey and junior attackman Ryan Watts both scored two goals, but the Utes lost 14-6. Freshman Andrew Martinelli stopped 21 goals, which is a career high.

“We were huge underdogs against Chapman, but we hung tough,” Levi said.

Utah hoped to leave California with at least one win but failed to do so on Sunday as No. 13 Cal Poly-San Lois Obispo (5-3) proved to be too much for the Utes. Utah was up 4-3 at halftime but allowed Cal Poly to go on a big run, leaving Utah with a 10-8 loss.

“Each game we play, we are getting better,” Levi said. “Hopefully we gained some momentum this weekend to carry with us to Colorado next weekend.”

Utah (3-6) will travel to Colorado to face the No. 10 Buffaloes (1-1) and No. 2 Colorado State (6-2) on March 28 and 29.

Tim Haslam

Men’s Tennis

Spring break started off well for the U men’s tennis team with a win in sunny San Diego. That was about all the good times the Utes experienced on the court, however.

Utah started off with a win over Dartmouth then fell to No. 67 San Diego and then to Princeton to finish their recent road trip 1-2.

Zach Ganger won two of three singles matches during the week, but he and Miron Mann only picked up one of three wins in doubles action.

The week started last Sunday with the Utes dropping two of three doubles matches to fall into an early hole. The Utes, however, picked up five of their six singles matches to coast to an easy victory.

“It was a good win (Sunday) and definitely our best showing (outdoors),” head coach F.D. Robbins said. “Especially after dropping the doubles point, we competed really well to win the match.”

The win did not carry over to the rest of the week’s competition.

The doubles duo of Tim Allin and Wes Hancock managed to prevent San Diego’s clean sweep, but the Utes still lost in points 7-0.

The duo were the only U doubles team to win on Thursday against Princeton, but Mann and Ganger managed to help Utah pick up its two points with their singles match victories in Utah’s 5-2 loss.

Tony Pizza

Golf

The Puttin’ Utes finished third on Sunday at the Ron Moore Invitational in Goodyear, Ariz.

Utah posted two consecutive rounds of 285 on Friday and Saturday and followed up with a blistering 281 on Sunday. Utah entered Sunday in eighth place, but made up ground following senior Dustin Pimm. Pimm shot a 67 in the final round of play to finish tied for 14th in the individual event.

Kansas State won the tournament with an 845 and Ohio State came in a close second, shooting an 847. Sixteen teams competed in the event which was hosted by Denver University.

Junior Chance Cota shot a 68 on Friday and two even-par rounds to finish the tournament tied for 14th individually. Senior Nic Larson shot rounds of 74, 71 and 69, respectively, which was good enough to tie for 20th.

Senior Chris Gresh shot rounds of 77, 69 and 74, respectively, to finish the tournament six strokes over par.

Senior Steve Broker shot rounds of 71, 77 and 73 to finish seven strokes over-par.

Boise State finished in fourth place, but had the top two golfers of the event. Troy Merritt of Boise State won the individual title for the second straight year.

Utah will travel to Arizona again on April 7-8 to compete in the Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale.

Tim Haslam

Sports Job Fair

The Utah Jazz will be hosting the third annual sports career fair this Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the concourse of the EnergySolutions Arena.

Representatives from the U, the Jazz, Salt Lake Bees, KJZZ-TV, Miller Sports & Entertainment and other Utah sports organizations will be present.

Admission to the event is $25 and includes a ticket to the game between the Charlotte Bobcats and the Utah Jazz later that evening.

Applicants are encouraged to bring several copies of their resume.

For more information, contact Gary Peterson at (801) 325-7216.

Tony Pizza