Utah Men’s Lacrosse Goes For Bounce Back Win

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University of Utah Men's Lacrosse Team Head Coach Brian Holman cheers his team after 1st quarter during an NCAA game vs. Bellarmine University at the Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 1. (Photo by Abu Asib | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Scott Stephens

 

The University of Utah men’s lacrosse team is back in action this weekend, once again at home playing in Rice-Eccles Stadium against Furman University. The Utes are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the nationally-ranked Air Force Academy. The final score of the game was 8-9, with the Falcons scoring late and eventually hanging on to secure the road victory.

This loss brings the Utes season record to one win and two losses, with their lone victory coming in their first game of the season at home versus Bellarmine. This victory was followed by a loss on the road to Lehigh, as well as the loss to Air Force, so this weekend they look to stop the two-game losing streak and return to their winning ways.

Furman University also enters this weekend’s matchup with a record of one win and two losses, with their lone win coming at home against Hampton University, and then two road losses to Bucknell University and the Naval Academy. In their last game, the Paladins were handled easily by Navy 19-3.

Jimmy Perkins has been a force in the early part of the season thus far for the Utes, leading the team in goals with 10. He is making the most of his scoring chances and shots on goal, with an impressive shooting average set at .476. The next closest on the roster is Mac Costin with six goals and Colin Burke with five. Burke also leads the Utes in assists so far in the campaign with eight, giving him a point total of 13, the highest on the team.

Furman has a much more dispersed scoring attack, with three players tied at the top with five goals scored on the season — Brett Tenaglia, Carson Sorrells and Tucker Brown. The next closest to these players are Austin Leonard and Jack Dowd, who also both have three goals so far. Anders Erickson leads the team in assists with five. With two assists and five goals, Tenaglia leads the season in total points with seven.

This will be the first game so far in the 2020 campaign for the Utes that will be covered by the Pac-12 Network. The face-off is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 22 at noon. Fans are encouraged to come out and support the lacrosse team.

 

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