Utah Drops Decision to 20th-Ranked Arizona

Utah dropped a 17-12 decision at the hands of the No. 20 Arizona Wildcats on Monday at Juan Diego High School in Draper, Utah.

Utah started the scoring when Dillon Tran found the back of the net at the 12:57 mark. Arizona answered when Hunter Gore tied the game at 1 a the 9:21 mark. Utah regained the lead when Sean Sloan found the back of the net for his eight goal of the season. Arizona reeled off back-to-back goals late in the first quarter to take a 3-2 lead after the first quarter.

The second quarter was a shootout with Utah starting the scoring right off the opening face-off when Cody Cantrell dodged from X, faked an inside roll and then ripped the back of the net from 10 yards out. The game went back and forth with both teams grabbing two goals each, tying the game at 5 midway through the second quarter.

Arizona then went on a four goal run before Utah scored at the 3:51 mark, making the score 9-6 for the Wildcats. Arizona answered right back to regain a four goal lead, but Utah wouldn't back down, with Tran scoring his third of the day, making the halftime score 10-7 for Arizona.

Arizona had a three goal run to begin the half, putting the game at 13-7. Utah pulled one back at the 4:49 mark when David Bicker found the back of the net.

The Laxcats added to their lead in the fourth quarter but Utah then went on a three goal run with goals by Tran, Matt Mersereau and Bennett Jonas. Arizona put the game out of reach when they scored three goals in four minutes, making the score 17-11 added three more goals midway through the fourth quarter. Jonas pulled one back for Utah, making the final score 17-12.

"We had some good looks on offense and great plays on defense but it wasn't a complete game," said Utah Head Coach Rick Kladis.

Tran led the Utes with 5 goals and 1 assist. Jonas finished with 2 goals.

Utah goalie Dalton Fontana had 17 saves. Face-off Specialist Jake Berkelbach went 25 of 29 from the center X.

This game marks the fifth and final game in a tough 8 day swing for Utah. Their trip began on March 9 with a 12-8 win over Boise State in Boise. The Utes then fell to Oregon, Oregon State and Simon Fraser before returning home to face Arizona.

The Utes will look to get back to their winning ways on Saturday against UVU at BYU.


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