Utah Men's Lacrosse Team Releases Tough Schedule for 2014

Salt Lake City - Utah will play 15 games in the 2014 season with four home games and four road trips in what head coach Rick Kladis calls 'easily one of the toughest schedules we've ever had.'

The Utes will kick off the season in sunny Southern California at the annual Pac-12 Shootout. The Utes will take on USC on Saturday, February 15 and No. 3 Arizona State, a perennial Top 5 team, on Sunday, February 16. Both games will be played at UCLA.

"The trip to the Pac-12 tournament is always fun and with it being the first games of the year I think our guys are really going to be excited to get the season going," said Kladis.

After an early season week off, the Utes will head to Las Vegas for a showdown with the UNLV Rebels on March 1st as part of the Best of the West Tournament where dozens of high school and youth teams will be competing throughout the weekend. A week later, the team will begin their Spring Break road trip on March 8 in Boise, Idaho as they take on the Broncos of Boise State. The team will then head to Eugene, Oregon to face the No. 6 Oregon Ducks on March 11. The Utes will take a small drive to Corvallis, Oregon to meet up with the No. 12 Oregon State Beavers on March 12. The team will then head to Portland, Oregon to face No. 18 Simon Fraser on March 14.

The team will get home just in time to face No. 23 Arizona in what should be a fun game for Utah Defensive Coordinator Matt Duke-Rosati, who played and coached for the Laxcats up until returning home and accepting the coaching position at Utah prior to this season.

"It's always fun to go against the guys you used to play with and coach," said Duke-Rosati. "I had a great experience at Arizona and I have the utmost respect for that program, but there is no doubt, when the game starts it is all about getting the win."

The Utes will rest for a week and then face in-state foe Utah Valley on March 24. A few days later on March 28, Utah State will come to town in another in-state game. The Utes will then host San Diego State on March 30.

On Saturday, April 5, the Utes will open conference play against Westminster in what has become a great in-state rivalry. The two campuses are only separated by 1.8 miles. The Utes will then head to Colorado to face the back-to-back defending National Champions No. 1 Colorado State on Friday, April 11 followed up with a game against No. 2 Colorado on Saturday, April 12.

The Utes will end their season against rival No. 4 BYU on Saturday, April 19 as they host they Cougars on McCarthey Field at the University of Utah for the first time.

"There is no doubt the RMLC has been the toughest conference in the country since I can remember, and with the addition of Westminster this year it is now even stronger," said Kladis. "Every game is tough, but also a great opportunity for us."

The RMLC playoffs will begin April 26th, and the conference championship weekend will be held May 2nd and 3rd in in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Utah vs. USC
Saturday, February 15 - 11:00 am at UCLA - Los Angeles
Just the second time the Trojans and Utes have played. The only prior meeting was in 2004 where the Utes captured a 17-3 win.

Utah vs. Arizona State
Sunday, February 16 - 9:30 am at UCLA - Los Angeles
The Utes and Sun Devils are familiar foes having played each other in 7 of the last 10 years. The Utes have only beaten the Sun Devils once, a 15-11 win in 2005. The game will also be the first time that brothers Tyler (Utah) and Nick (Arizona State) Grogg will face each other on the field.

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