Yet another Utah Utes team has won a conference championship during a school year that has seen a bunch of them on the hill.
On Sunday afternoon, the 18th-ranked lacrosse team beat the Air Force Falcons 11-9 to win the ASUN conference tournament for the first time in the program’s five-year history.
The Utes, who entered the tournament as the favorite to win, received their first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as a result.
A few hours after winning the conference tournament, Utah learned it will face Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Utes, who entered Sunday with an 11-4 record, were carrying a 10-game win streak after a slow start to the season.
On Sunday, Utah used a strong third quarter to go up 9-6 and held off the Falcons from there.
The low-scoring game was a departure in style for the Utes, who entered Sunday second in the country in goals per game with an average of 17.1, and hadn’t scored fewer than 11 since a Feb. 25 loss to Johns Hopkins.
Cole Brams won tournament MVP, and Carson Moyer (Sunday’s leader with four goals), Samuel Cambere, Koa Todd and Tyler Bradbury joined him on the all-tournament team.