Men's Lacrosse

SALT LAKE CITY — The sixth-ranked Westminster College men's lacrosse team defeated Montana 15-8 on Sunday afternoon in the team's home opener at Dumke Field.

Westminster returns to its winning ways after losing the last time out and they are now 5-1 on the season. Montana drops to 0-4 on the year with the loss.

The game was fairly even through the first 20 minutes. The Griffins led 3-1 with 43 seconds to play in the first quarter, but Montana got back-to-back goals from Patrick Shelso to level the game at 3-3.

Westminster then took the game over, scoring six straight goals to open up a 9-3 advantage with 6:05 to play in the third quarter. UM would get back to within four, but the Griffins answered with three consecutive goals to seal the victory.

Westminster fired 54 shots in the game and put 30 of them on cage. They won 18-of-23 faceoffs while also going 4-of-14 with the man advantage.

The Griffins collected 44 ground balls to the 18 by the Grizzlies and held the visitors to just 16 shots and 12 on target.

Gian Sexsmith and Matt Hearn finished the game with four goals and two assists apiece to lead all Griffins with six points. Jake Arthur and Kevin Gee scored three points with two goals and one assist each. Brett Bird added two assists with Kyle Postler scoring one goal with one assist. Andy Butterfiled and Jamison Amonino also scored for the Griffins. Jeff Peters and Amonino led the way with six ground balls apiece and Marshall Serzen was 17-of-21 on faceoffs. Chris Burckle earned the win in goal while making four saves.

Shelso led Montana with three goals and Henry Bishop scored two goals with one assist. Kent Davis scored twice with Andrew Wenzl adding the other goal. UM was called for 14 penalties resulting in 10:30 minutes of time.

Westminster will now return to the road when they travel to Logan, Utah to face in-state rival Utah State. The game will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday.


Track and field

LAS VEGAS — The Utah Valley University men's and women's track teams opened the 2012 outdoor season at the UNLV Classic and brought home eight first-places finishes Friday and Saturday.

Aleina Eisenhauer-Winger, who is coming off a great indoor season, led the Wolverines with a pair of first-place finishes in the 1500m (4:34.93) and the 5000m (17:34.38).

Also, Lance Merrel (1st, high jump, 6-0 3?4); Dew Clarke (1st, 400m hurdles, 56.17); Chris Dorton (1st, 800 meters, 1:53.59); Tim Rowberry (1st, 1500m, 3:56.00); Trevor Sharp (1st, 5000m, 15:14.60); Ivie Gonsalves (1st, 3000m steeplechase, 11:27.38).

In addition, the Wolverines brought home 10 second-place finishes.

Aaron Best had a pair of second-place finishes in the discus (140-05) and the shot put (49-07.75).

In other second-place finishes: Ali Shields (triple jump, 36-02); Autumn Robertson (high jump, 5-05); Zandrea Nelson (200m, 24.61); Kelli Roach (javelin, 131-03); Ryan Hudson (400m hurdles, 56.63); Angela Baker (5000m, 17:40.57); Mike Felix (5000m, 15:23.48); Kalina Zufelt-Clegg (3000m steeplechase, 12:08.94).

In other notable performances: Spencer Evensen (3rd, 5000m, 15:37.46); Spencer Foster (4th, 5000m, 15:47.98); Maryn Pincock (4th discus, 144-07); Makira Rackham (4th, high jump, 5-05); Becca Hutton (4th, hammer, 152-00); 4 x 400 men's relay (Taylor Asay , Jacob Brydson, Rowberry, Skylar Burningham, 3rd, 3:21.53); 4 x 400 women's relay (Nelson, Rebecca Brown-Renshaw; Lexie Esplin, Chelsea Baker-Nelson, 3rd, 3:49.28); Asay (4th, 400m dash, 50.64); Jordan Nelson (3rd, 110m hurdles, 15.77); Macy Butterfield , 1500m, 4:01.34); 4 x 100 women's relay (Nelson, Baker-Nelson, Brown-Renshaw, Anna Yeboah, 3rd, 46.43); Josh Cook (4th, long jump, 21-11 3.4);Alexandra Lundberg (4th, pole vault, 9-6 1.4); Mark Jones (4th, javelin, 181-09) and Nelson Orton (3rd, 3000m steeplechase, 10:52.67).

Women's golf

SEDONA, Ariz. — Utah Valley University freshman Lynn-Marie Nagel shot a final-round 75 and moved up six places to finish in a tie for ninth at the Red Rocks Invitational Sunday at Oakcreek Golf Club.

It was her first top-10 finish in her young career.

Nagel shot rounds of 78-75 (+8) to finish with a final total of 153. Seattle's Caitlin McCleary on the tournament with a +3.

As a team, the Wolverines were tied for sixth heading into the final 18 holes, but Nagel was the only player to shoot in the 70s and the Wolverines fell into 10th place.

Eastern Michigan (+27) won the tournament by 14 shots over Seattle (+41) and Xavier (+43). The Wolverines were three shots out of eighth place and one shot out of ninth.

Behind Nagel, Celeste Gish, who was tied for 26th, shot a final-round 83 to drop into a tie for 42nd.

Hannah Herman was six shots better as well (92-86) and finished in a tie for 102nd.

The Wolverines are back in action March 16-17 at the Bucknell Invitational at the Paiute Golf Resort in Las Vegas.


Women's golf

SEDONA, Ariz., March 4 – Southern Utah's women's golf team placed 11th at Northern Arizona's 20-team Red Rocks Invitational Sunday after shooting 323 for a two-day total of 648. Monica Jung led the way for the Thunderbirds I 21st place after bouncing back from an opening-round 82 with a 74 on Sunday to finish at 12-over par 156, nine shots off the pace of Seattle's Caitlin McCleary.

Eastern Michigan ran away with the team championship by finishing at 603, 14 shots ahead of second-place Seattle.

Kacy Buckner finished second among Thunderbirds at 161 after a second-round 83, while Kaohi Loo was 58th at 165, Rose Pelletier was 76th at 169 and Jamie Coking Millard finished 86th at 172. SUU's Shantelle Spackman, competing as an individual, was 71st at 168.

The Thunderbirds finished two shots back of Utah Valley and three behind Northern Colorado but were four shots ahead of Oakland and Weber State, which finished tied for 12th at 652.

Women's softball

SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 4 — Katie Olinger recorded four RBI on the day as Southern Utah University swept the Santa Clara Broncos on the weekend with an 8-2 victory on Sunday morning. The victory moves the T-Birds to 10-7 on the year heading into the beginning of conference play next weekend.

SUU opened the game with a pair of runs in the top of the second and third, building a quick 4-0 lead out of the gates. Olinger tallied two of her four RBI on the day with a two-run double in the second, scoring Terysa Dyer on third and Madison Resley on second. An RBI single by Kelsey Bryant and sacrifice fly by Resley in the fifth accounted for the Thunderbird runs in that inning.

SCU scored a run in the bottom of the third on a two-out single and put the score at 4-1 before two more runs by the T-Birds in the fifth extended the lead to five, 6-1. Southern Utah had the bases loaded with two outs on the board when Olinger stepped to the plate and laced a single to right center to mark her third and fourth RBI of the contest.

A lead-off double for Santa Clara in the sixth led to a single run a batter later on an RBI single, making the game 6-2. However, back-to-back doubles off the bats of Dyer and Resley in the seventh led to two more runs for the Thunderbirds in the frame. The 8-2 advantage held through the final half inning as Ashley Ostler wrapped up the game for Southern Utah with a one-two-three inning.

SUU starter Danielle Axe earned the victory for the Thunderbirds in the circle to push her record to 3-2 on the year after 5.0 innings where she allowed one earned run on eight hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Ostler finished her day throwing the final two innings for SUU, allowing one earned run on two hits with no walks and one strikeout.

Five Thunderbirds recorded multiple hits, including Tessa Loewen, Mikkel Griffin, Bryant, Dyer and Olinger each tallying two hits in the game. Resley was a perfect 1-for-1 with two runs, two RBI and two walks.

Southern Utah will return to Cedar City for its next series when the Thunderbirds open Summit League play hosting Oakland University at Kathryn Berg field next weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday, beginning at Noon with a single game set for Saturday at Noon. Fans unable to attend the games can watch live stats anticipated to be available online at www.suutbirds.com.


Men's tennis

OGDEN, Utah — Weber State won its third-straight match, and improved to 2-1 in Big Sky Conference play, with a 7-0 sweep of Northern Colorado on Sunday at the Ogden Athletic Club.

The Wildcats took all three doubles matches for the opening point, highlighted by Simon Unger and Oliver Good defeating Brandon Lupo and Ben Gendron 8-3 at No. 1 for their fourth-straight win and seventh win in eight matches on the season.

In singles play, Good cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win to put WSU ahead 2-0 on the day. He was soon followed by Ryan Garner and Simon Unger with straight-set wins. Garner defeated Jordan Loughnan 6-3, 6-3, and Unger downed Lupo 6-4, 6-3.

Caio Poitena got past Michael Moya 7-5, 6-4, while Peter Ramstromer Pello and Dave Hintze each won in three sets to complete the sweep. Ramstromer Pello dropped his first set 6-2, but rallied with a 6-4 win in set two and a 10-6 win in a tiebreak third set over Ben Gendron. Hintze dominated Jeff Carlson 6-1 in their opening set, but Carlson bounced back to force a deciding set with a 6-4 win in set two. Hintze finished off the win with a 10-6 tiebbreak third.

Weber State improved to 4-5 overall, while the Bears dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-4 in league play.

Northern Colorado vs Weber State

Mar 04, 2012 at Ogden, UT

(Ogden Athletic Club)

Weber State 7, Northern Colorado 0

Singles competition

1. UNGER, Simon (WSU) def. LUPO, Brandon (NC) 6-4, 6-3

2. GOOD, Oliver (WSU) def. LANE, Ryan (NC) 6-1, 6-1

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3. RAMSTROMER PELLO, P. (WSU) def. GENDRON, Ben (NC) 2-6, 6-4, 10-6

4. HINTZE, Dave (WSU) def. CARLSON, Jeff (NC) 6-1, 4-6, 10-3

5. POITENA, Caio (WSU) def. MOYA, Michael (NC) 7-5, 6-4

6. GARNER, Ryan (WSU) def. LOUGHNAN, Jordan (NC) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. UNGER, Simon

GOOD, Oliver (WSU) def. LUPO, Brandon/GENDRON, Ben (NC) 8-3


POITENA, Caio (WSU) def. LOUGHNAN, Jordan/LANE, Ryan (NC) 8-5

3. HINTZE, Dave

GARNER, Ryan (WSU) def. CARLSON, Jeff/MOYA, Michael (NC) 8-5

Match Notes:

Northern Colorado 2-5; 1-4 BSC

Weber State 4-5; 2-1 BSC