SPARKS, Md. –
The Utah lacrosse team played its first game against Division I competition on Saturday, falling to UMBC, 16-5, in an exhibition game at U.S. Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md.
Utah trailed 3-2 after the first quarter and 5-4 at halftime before UMBC scored seven goals in the second quarter to take a 12-4 lead.
"I think we did some really good things early, the first half was very competitive," Utah head coach Brian Holman
said. "We were step-for-step and I thought we did some things better than they did. The disappointing part to me was coming out of the second half. The first eight minutes was not Utah lacrosse. I thought we got away from what makes us really good, being a good team and doing little things right. That's my fault - I have to do a better job at halftime refocusing them. At the end of the day, we learned a ton. It's a process, it's growth, we are incrementally learning, reevaluating, watching film, fixing things that we know we can fix and continuing to push forward with our mentality. It was an outstanding day, all-in-all. I liked that we played really, really hard - a staple of our program is great effort."
The Utes will begin moving away from team practices and into a period of skill work.
"We'll work on shooting, dodging, footwork and more intense focus on the overall game," Holman said. "We'll also switch it up - we're going to play some basketball, swim and hike. We're going to focus on each other and growing the team relationships that will continue to help us grow as a program. We also have to work on our guys getting much stronger. We have to get our freshmen in the weight room and stack on physical weight."