Evidently, reffing is an issue when you play college lacrosse in Utah. Evidently reffing is an issue when you play college lacrosse in Utah. Interesting. Having never played, or seen a game there myself, I can’t verfify this claim, but I can say that both BYU and Chapman fans seemed to bemoan the reffing in that state. And it wasn’t limited to that single game either. It seems to be a “thing”. The question remains; is it true or just a Utah Lax boogie man? I’ll have to look into this more… and not in a negative way necessarily. It is simply intriguing that there could be a good lacrosse state with suspect reffing.
Anyway, back to the game. BYU won a close one and Chapman played their second game in a row against a tough opponent (the day before it was Senior heavy Utah. And we have pictures of that very lacrosse game.), on a road trip. The fact that they beat Utah on the road and then played BYU so tight means good things for Chaptown. I’ve seen a good amount of film and highlights from Chapman and they can definitley ball with the best of them when they’re firing on all cylinders.
BYU is another team that obviously has to be among the favorites in the MCLA this year. They’ve got some size and speed in good places, can play physical lacrosse with anyone and can shoot the ball well. There is also a flag-waving swagger in Provo that I haven’t seen in a couple of years. The Cougars are making changes to their uniforms, pre-game activities, equipment suppliers and it has definitely rubbed off on the field. Maybe they thought they were in a rut, who knows (other than BYU and 412, of course.)? But one thing is for sure, this BYU team is thirsty for wins.