SALT LAKE CITY – In front of a record crowd of 1,374 at Ute Field, the University of Utah lacrosse team finished the regular season with a 16-9 win over Detroit Mercy. The Utes went undefeated in ASUN games, finishing 5-0 in conference and 9-3 overall, which is Utah’s best record in program history.
It was Utah’s sixth straight win this season, the longest winning streak in school history. With the playoffs beginning next week, the Utes have already set new school records in points (263), goals (162), assists (101), ground balls (389) and wins (9).
Against Detroit Mercy, the Utes outshot the Titans 52-45, limiting DMU to just 19 shots on goal. Utah also won the ground battle at 29-27 while forcing six of the Titans’ 22 turnovers.
Tyler Bradbury once again led the Utes in points with seven, recording a career-high five goals, and two assists. His seven points officially give him 52 this season, setting a new single-season record at Utah.
Senior Josh Stout and second Jared Andreala both recorded hat tricks with two assists apiece for 10 combined points while Carson Moyer scored his second multi-goal game of the season with two. Cole Bram recorded a team-high eight balls on the ground while winning 11 of 19 face-offs with Samuel Cambere adding a team record caused two turnovers and two ground balls.
In order to, Sion-Dechesere finished the game with nine saves and nine goals against, the fifth time in the last six games he has kept a team within 10 goals when in net.
FIRST QUARTER BREAKDOWN
The Utes led 1-0 to start the game after Detroit Mercy struck first, but their only lead of the game lasted just 10 seconds after Andreala found the back of the net to tie it up.
Andreala’s goal would start a 7-0 run for the Utes with Moyer and Bradbury scoring 14 seconds apart starting at 8:10, followed by Bradbury’s second goal of the quarter to make it 4-1 with 6:58 to go.
Andreala and Bradbury would keep the race alive with their second and third goals of the game followed by a cheeky goal from Jordan Hyde to give Utah a 7-1 lead before Detroit Mercy scored to make it a five-point game heading into the second quarter.
SECOND QUARTER BREAKDOWN
Bradbury would strike for the fourth time with 11:04 into the second quarter after Hyde found him open in net with Stout by scoring one for a 9-2 advantage over Utah at 7:16.
After DMU passed the Utes with less than three minutes left in the quarter, Bradbury scored his fifth goal of the game on an assist from Andreala to give Utah a 10-3 lead before halftime.
THIRD QUARTER BREAKDOWN
Detroit Mercy would score two unanswered goals to start the third quarter, cutting Utah’s lead to five with 12:48 on the clock, but Moyer would fire a shot into the net from 15 yards out to end the run. Branden Wilson scored his third goal of the season with 8:55 left in the quarter before DMU scored 12-6 seconds later.
Utah would score a 3-0 run on goals from MJ McMahonAndreala and Stout with less than five minutes left, but DMU ended the run with their seventh goal of the game to take the Utes to an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter.
FOURTH QUARTER BREAKDOWN
After Detroit Mercy scored within the first 30 seconds of the fourth quarter, the Utes scored their last goal of the game, coming off Stout on a man-play to make it 16-8 with 14:07 remaining. . The Titans would score with 3:55 on the clock, but saves from Dechesere and Bryce plays would keep DMU at bay for the win.
No. 1 seed Utah will travel to Huntsville, Alabama to play in the ASUN Championship, starting in the semifinals against No. 4 seed Bellarmine. The game will begin at 12 p.m. MT on ESPN+.