BYU women’s lacrosse beats University of Utah

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Midfielder Alex Ellis reaches for a pass. (Natalie Bothwell)

BYU women’s lacrosse beat the University of Utah 12-7 on Saturday night.

BYU and Utah exchanged goals throughout a tight first half. BYU maintained a lead for most of the thirty minutes but never by more than two goals. 

Attack Lauren Jones said there were some lingering “pre-game jitters” that affected their performance in the first half.

“We’ve been struggling with getting our passes to each other and I think we struggled to get our momentum going,” Jones said. “We settled down in the second half.”

The Cougars came back stronger in the second half, opening with two quick goals in the first few minutes. They continued scoring through the remainder of the game with only one answered goal from the Utes.

“Coming into the second half we wanted to be super aggressive and play our best,” said midfielder Savannah Sutherland. “I feel like we picked up our intensity and found our groove a little better.”

BYU came off a rough weekend in Colorado where they lost two of three games. Head coach Nikki Dabrowski said it was encouraging to get this win.

“I feel like we’ve emotionally picked ourselves up and this game was a good reminder of why we love to play,” Dabrowski said.

This win brings the Cougars’ to 6-4 over all. BYU faces UVU next on March 12 at home.