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BYU Men's Lacrosse Announces 2018 Captains

For Immediate Release – BYU Men’s Lacrosse

PROVO, UT— The BYU Men’s Lacrosse team has announced four captains for the 2018 season. Zach Labrum (Libertyville High School - Libertyville, IL), Tanner Johnson (Chaska High School - Chaska, MN), Arty Walters (Alta High School - Draper, UT) and Jake Hougaard (Timpanogos High School - Orem, UT).

Zach Labrum is a senior from Libertyville, IL.  Zach served a 2 year, Portuguese speaking, LDS mission to Brazil and will be graduating from BYU this Spring with a degree in Finance.  Labrum, an RMLC All-Conference Midfielder is excited to for the upcoming season.  “We're a young team,” said Labrum.  “Everyone, including our stellar freshman class has bought into the culture of hard work and accountability that we're trying to build. We couldn't be more excited about the potential that we've shown as a unit and the chance to work towards an RMLC and MCLA Championship.”

For Labrum, he is appreciative of the BYU Lacrosse experience.  “This team has given me far more than just a collegiate athletic experience,” said Labrum. “I've had so many teammates current and past that have positively impacted my life and our program.”

Tanner Johnson is a senior from Chaska, MN.  Tanner served a 2 year, Portuguese speaking, LDS mission to Brazil and will be graduating from BYU this Spring with a degree in Business Management.  Johnson, an RMLC All-Conference Attackman is expecting the team to do well this year.  “We expect to compete for a national championship,” said Johnson.  “I think that’s the focus going into every season. It will be important for us to take it one game at a time and learn from our mistakes. If we can learn and grow as the season continues, we’ll be in a good spot come May.”

2018 MCLA National Championships in Salt Lake City

ATLANTA – The Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association – the preeminent non-varsity collegiate league in the country – is pleased to announce the MCLA National Championships powered by Under Armour will be hosted by Salt Lake City, Utah, for the 2018 and ’19 seasons.

The championships will be held at the Salt Lake City Regional Athletic Complex, a state of the art facility featuring 16 irrigated fields, six lighted venues, and a main stadium for the semifinals and finals.

“The MCLA championships have been held at great venues, and moving to Salt Lake City continues that trend,” said MCLA president Ken Lovic. “We received numerous quality bids from across the country, but Salt Lake City was the clear choice at this time. We’re thankful for the time and effort put in by the Visit Salt Lake organization and the Utah Sports Commission to create such a great opportunity.”

Thirty-two teams from two divisions and 10 conferences from across the country will compete at the Regional Athletic Complex (RAC), located just seven miles from the Salt Lake International Airport – rated No. 1 in the country for on-time arrivals and departures by the Department of Transportation – and seven miles from over 7,000 lodging rooms near downtown Salt Lake City.

“We are very excited to have been selected as the host site for the 2018 MCLA National Championships,” said RAC program director Lisa Schmidt. “Our staff at the Regional Athletic Complex is committed to making this a first-class experience for teams, fans, and the sport of lacrosse. We are eager to continue to put Salt Lake City on the map as a world class field sport destination. It was truly a team effort to bring this event to Utah and I could not be more proud of our partners Visit Salt Lake and the Utah Sports Commission. Together, we look forward to working with the MCLA to host an unforgettable event and showcase all that Salt Lake City has to offer as a host city.”

BYU Releases 2018 Schedule

PROVO, Utah – The Brigham Young University men’s lacrosse team has announced an aggressive, 16-game schedule for 2018.

The Cougars will make four regular season, out-of-state road trips in an effort to play many of the MCLA’s top programs, including six teams that attended the 2017 MCLA National Championships powered by Under Armour.

The Cougars have six home dates, beginning with SLC contender UNLV on Feb. 10 to open the home schedule at the Cougars' recently updated indoor facility.

The Cougars will then take to the road, traveling to Northern California to play Stanford on Feb. 22 and WCLL preseason favorite Cal-Berkeley on Feb. 24. BYU will then head home for a game on March 3 against Davenport BYU’s North University Field.

Two days following the Cougars' game versus Davenport, they will head south to Texas for a challenging three game stretch. The Cougars will first visit Texas A&M on March 7 followed by a quick turn around game on March 8 against LSA powerhouse Texas. After a short day off, the Cougars will play a neutral site contest against SELC Southeast division front-runners Florida State Seminoles in Austin.

The Cougars will face four PNCLL teams in a row, beginning with preseason top pick Oregon on March 17 in Provo, followed by a matchup with Washington on March 19.

The Cougars will once again hit the road, this time to Boise, Idaho, to meet Simon Fraser on March 23 and Boise State on March 24.

RMLC competition begins on March 30 with a Friday night matchup with Utah State in Provo. The Cougars will then take to the road for a fourth and final time during the regular season as they travel to Boulder, Colo., on April 12 to play Colorado in a rematch of the 2017 RMLC championship game.

BYU will then head north to Fort Collins, Colo., on April 14 to play Colorado State.

2017-2018 Team Tryouts

Fall 2017 Tryout Information

Mandatory Team/Tryout Information Meeting (Wednesday, Sept 6, 2017 @ 8am, 271RB)

All New Players (Not on 2017 Roster) Workout (Thursday, Sept 7, 2017 @7am, NUF)

All New Players (Not on 2017 Roster) Workout (Friday, Sept 8, 2017 @ 7am, NUF)

Scrimmage (Saturday, Sept 9, 2017 @ 7am, NUF)

Tryouts Day 1 (Monday, Sept 11, 2017 @ 7am, NUF)

Tryouts Day 2 (Tuesday, Sept 12, 2017 @ 7am, NUF)

Tryouts Day 3 (Wednesday, Sept 13, 2017 @ 7am, NUF)

Tryouts Day 4 - TBD

Team Activity (Friday, Sept 15 - Saturday, Sept 16)

 

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BYU Lacrosse Adds Two New Assistant Coaches

PROVO, Utah – Brigham Young University Men’s Head Lacrosse Coach Matt Schneck announced on Friday, August 25 the addition of two new assistant coaches to the 2017-2018 coaching staff. Evan Clinger (BYU ’15) and Devin Needs (BYU ’17) will join the staff immediately in preparation for the upcoming season.

Clinger and Needs will join Taylor Redd (BYU ’10) and Mark Stout (BYU ’88) to round out the coaching staff. “BYU is a special school and a special place to play lacrosse.  Most of the players on our team have dreamed of playing lacrosse at BYU their entire lives and as coaches we have a special responsibility to each and every player”, said Head Coach Matt Schneck. “I am confident that this coaching staff will bring an incredible chemistry and unique perspective to our players while helping them reach their full potential both on and off the field.”

Coach Taylor Redd will take the reigns of BYU’s offense this year.  Redd, who began playing lacrosse at the age of 10 in Northern Virginia, had a successful high-school career as a 4-year starter and 3 year captain at Utica Eisenhower in Michigan.  Redd was also a 4-year starter for BYU, captain of the team and earned All-Conference recognition his senior year.  Redd has been coaching for 7 years and is entering his second year on the BYU coaching staff.

The Cougars finished the 2017 season as RMLC Champions and reached the MCLA Tournament for the 21st consecutive year.  Ranked #6 at the end of the 2017 season, the Cougars scored 224 goals while averaging 11.2 goals per game. Redd will be looking to improve that mark even further.

#6 Brigham Young University Downs #10 Arizona in Season Opener

#6 Brigham Young University Downs #10 Arizona in Season Opener

 

PROVO, UT - The #6 Brigham Young University men’s lacrosse team kicked off their 2017 campaign with a resounding 12-2 win over the #10 Arizona Wildcats on Friday at North University Field. The Cougars, lead by freshman goalie Mason Moon, held the Wildcats to their lowest scoring output since 2008.

 

The Cougars showed off their offensive balance with 8 different players tallying a point. Junior attackman Tanner Johnson kicked off the scoring with his first of 4 goals midway through the first quarter.  Sophomore attackman Harry Waddoups and freshman midfielder Michael Perry both found the back of the net before Arizona pulled within 2 to end the first quarter.

 

The Cougars turned up the pressure on their ride in the second quarter, allowing the Wildcats to successfully clear only 4 of their 7 attempts. The extra possessions lead to three more goals to give the Cougars a commanding 6-1 heading into halftime.

 

“It was exciting to see our team start so fast,” said Johnson. “We took everything that we worked on the last few months in practice and turned it into a solid game performance.”

 

The third quarter saw a standout performance from Moon, leading a defense that held the Wildcats scoreless despite multiple extra-man opportunities and the lion share of possession. The Cougars took advantage of limited opportunities on the offensive end with goals from sophomore midfielder Connor Bernal and Johnson, heading into the fourth quarter up 8-1.

 

BYU Lacrosse Announces 2017 Schedule

Provo, UT– The Brigham Young University Men’s Lacrosse Team has announced an aggressive 16 game schedule for 2017. The Cougars will make three regular season, back to back to back, out-of-state road trips and will play seven teams who attended the 2016 MCLA national tournament, including the 2016 Division 1 National Champions, Chapman University.  

The Cougars have eight home dates, beginning with SLC (Southwestern Lacrosse Conference) contender University of Arizona on February 3 to open the home schedule, followed by a game versus PNCLL (Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League) powerhouse Boise State on February 18.  A challenging stretch of road trips for the Cougars will include games against UNLV and Cal Poly (played in Las Vegas, NV), Arizona State and Grand Canyon (played in Phoenix, AZ),  San Diego State and Chapman (played in Southern California) over the course of three consecutive weekends beginning the last weekend in February.

The Cougars will be back in Provo to face another PNCLL power, Simon Fraser University on March 18 followed by WCLL (Western Collegiate Lacrosse League) up and comer, University of Nevada on March 25.  The Cougars will travel to Logan, UT on April 1 to play in a late morning game versus the Aggies of Utah State in their first RMLC (Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League) game of the season.  

BYU Men’s Lacrosse to take on Grand Canyon University on BYU South Field

BYU Men’s Lacrosse to take on Grand Canyon University on BYU South Field

 

Provo Ut – Our BYU Cougars will be playing against the defending MCLA National Champions the Grand Canyon Lopes this Friday, March 25th at 7pm. It will be held down on BYU’s South Field Stadium located just south of the Smith Fieldhouse.

This will be one of the best lacrosse games to watch in Utah this season, featuring two of the top ranked teams in the MCLA with one of the best venues BYU has to offer. We talked to Defensive Coach Chanda Mofu about the Cougars defense:

BYU: How has the BYU defense performed so far this season?  

Mofu: The BYU defense has played pretty well this season. There have been some differences because of coaching philosophies, but the tenets of the defense remain the same: tempo, audacity, and athleticism. That's what's kept this team giving up only 1 double digit game to the number one team in the country.

BYU: What are the keys for the defense to be successful against the tough GCU offense?

Mofu: The key to beating GCUs offense is remaining patient, being physical removing the ball from the man, and forcing low percentage shots.

If we can do those three things, we will be the victors of this important game.

Tickets for the game can be purchased online at BYULacrosse.com or at the gate at North University Lacrosse Field. You can also follow us on twitter @BYULacrosse for consistent game updates.

The Brigham Young University Men’s Lacrosse Team is a proud member of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The Cougars have won four MCLA National Championship Titles – 1997, 2000, 2007 and 2011, and have been honored with more than 100 All-Americans who have proudly worn the Y. For more information, please visit www.byulacrosse.com and follow at www.twitter.com/byulacrosse.

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