Plenty of things that have gone on recently, are going on currently, or will go on soon. Here are the bullet points:
- Review: Boise State University loses to University of Utah
- Youth and High School Lax start practicing
- Preview: University of Idaho heads to the Beaver State to take on Portland State, Oregon State
1. Broncos Fall to Utes
Last weekend, the #25 Broncos of BSU journeyed to Salt Lake City, UT to take on the #21 University of Utah Utes. It was the Broncos’ first action since their upset of Simon Fraser two weeks prior. Unfortunately for the Broncs, Utah jumped out to an early lead and the Broncos couldn’t claw their way back into it despite a big 4th quarter. The Utes won 12-8.
Here’s a fantastic highlight video, courtesy of utelacrosse.net:
[Note: EMI has decided to be ridiculous and block the video here on the LAS Network. You can view it at the Utes' website here. EMI, I hope all the bad things in the world happen to you and only you.]
Senior Midfielder Jeremy Bradburn (Mountain View High School) led the Broncos with 3 goals while sophomore attackman Karson Palmer (Sky View High School – Clarkston, UT) and freshman attackmen Brian Scott (Tamalpais High School – Mill Valley, CA) each chipped in two. Goalkeeper Kevin Kaup had a solid performance with 17 saves.
Boise State is now 1-2 and hosts Oregon State (1 – 3) on Boise on March 10. The Utes (now #20 with a 3-2 record) host Montana (0-2) on March 3 in Salt Lake.
In related news, Oregon State upended #22 Simon Fraser 13-6. In the February 28 Nike/Inside Lacrosse Coach’s Poll, both Boise State and Simon Fraser have lost their top-25 status.
2. Wakey Wakey, Eggs ‘n Bakey: TVLL and TVYLL Get After It
Last weekend and throughout the week, Treasure Valley youth and high school players got after it and kicked off their 2012 drives. Rather than doing any real journalism to find out how practices are going, I choose to distract you with pretty pictures:
3. Vandals Head to Oregon to take on Portland State and Oregon State
The University of Idaho Vandals kick off their PNCLL campaign on the road this weekend against PNCLL D1 South contenders (the Vandals play in D1 North) Portland State University and Oregon State University. The Vandals are two weeks removed from their California split (loss to UC Davis, beat San Jose State) and have their work cut out for them.Check out MCLA Fan’s second installment of “Vandal Shots” for more on the Vandals February tip to sunny California.
The Vandals have never lost to Portland State, but the Vikings have six games under their belts already and sit at 3-3.
The Vandals have never defeated Oregon State (1-3) but haven’t lost by more than 1 goal since 2009. Though the Beavers only have 1 win under their belts, it was a sound 13-6 thumping of Simon Fraser last weekend. Oregon State was competitive in three losses to Cal, Stanford, and UCLA during a mid-February swing through California.
Luckily for Idaho, because PSU and OSU play in the South, this amounts to out-of-conference competition. While wins would be nice, even losses will help the Vandals sharpen the blade before heading to California to take on Claremont, Santa Clara, and UCLA over spring break. Idaho begins PNCLL D1 North play at Montana on March 24.