The BYU men’s lacrosse team faces off with in-state rival Utah State Wednesday night in Provo.
The Aggies (3-4) come into Wednesday’s game off a 21-6 blowout of Western State and a 13-9 win over New Mexico. The Cougars (12-2) are looking to maintain their top ranking in this conference matchup.
The last four times BYU and Utah State met on the lacrosse field, BYU came away with a win — the last time being in 2010, where the Cougars rolled past the Aggies for a 23-4 victory.
BYU coach Matt Schneck said the team is excited and ready to play at home against Utah State and looking forward to continuing the series with the Aggies.
BYU goalie Wes Goar, a sophomore, recorded 11 saves in the team’s 8-6 upset over Colorado State University last week and said winning this game is important to keep the team on track to winning the national championship.
“We’re really excited,” Goar said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun to keep having the defense progressing and getting better.”
Senior and attack player Andrew Harding said the team hasn’t lost a game at home in the last two seasons and hopes to continue that streak against the Aggies in front of their fans.
“It’s an important game, and if we don’t come out and play our best we could drop in the rankings and that could hurt us going into the post season,” Harding said. “It’s exciting that we’ll have a good night game for [Utah State] and we love our home field.”
The Cougars and Aggies take to the field Wednesday at 6 p.m. on BYU’s North Field. The Cougars will then finish out their regular season playing Westminster at home Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m. Then the team will travel to Salt Lake to play in their rivalry game against the Utes, April 28 at 7 p.m.