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The Utah lacrosse team wins the ASUN title and earns a spot in the NCAA Championships

The Utes defeated Jacksonville 16-13 and will visit Duke on Saturday

Courtesy of Utah Athletics The University of Utah lacrosse team celebrates after winning the ASUN Championship with a 16-13 win over Jacksonville on Sunday, May 5, 2024 at the Air Force Academy, Colo.

The University of Utah Lacrosse team won the ASUN Championship for the second straight season with a 16-13 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday at the Air Force Academy, Colo., earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I 2024 Men’s Lacrosse Championships.

Utah will visit No. 2 seed Duke for a first-round NCAA Tournament game Saturday at 12:30 PM MDT in Durham, NC. The match will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Utah improved to 12-4 overall, tying the school record for wins in a single season.

After leading by as many as seven goals early in the fourth quarter, Jacksonville mounted a late rally and scored five unanswered, making it a two-point game with less than four minutes to play. Utah’s defense and goalie, Colin Lenskold, kept the Dolphins at bay in the final minutes of the game, allowing Jared Andreala to sneak in Utah’s 16th goal with just 18 seconds left to seal the victory.

Sophomore Ryan Stines was named tournament MVP, while Joey Boylston, Tyler Bradbury, Nikko DiPonio and Lenskold also earned All-Tournament honors. Utah has scored 15 or more goals in six straight games and finished Sunday’s game with 40 shots, 27 of which were on target. Utah also had 34 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers, along with 14 faceoff wins.

Stines, the ASUN (Atlantic Sun Conference) Player of the Year, led the Utes with five goals against the Dolphins, giving him 47 goals on the season and his third straight game with two or more.

Bradbury also added four points on three goals and an assist, with Andreala herself contributing a hat-trick. Faceoff specialist Tyler Kloeckl led the team in ground balls with eight to go, along with his 14 faceoff wins.

Sophomore DiPonio finished the game with a career-high two assists, four ground balls and three caused turnovers, while freshman Mikey Crane also added three caused turnovers. In goal, Lenskold finished the game with 16 saves, which is tied for the third-most in school history.