Utah expected to add men's lacrosse as an NCAA Division I sport

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  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 20, 2017 9:07 a.m.

    "Soccer is a smart person's sport"


    And yet, when you read an article about lacrosse, you never see the word "hooligan", do you?

  • CentralcoastUte San luis obispo , CA
    June 17, 2017 10:33 a.m.

    @ all posters complaining about no soccer, hockey, etc.

    You all seem to have skipped over the part of the anonymous donor donating millions of dollars to the U for LAX. if the donor donated money for soccer then there would be soccer. Same goes for hockey, track and field or anything else. If the donor paid for LAX, then the U is getting LAX.

  • Bragabit Minersville, UT
    June 16, 2017 3:38 p.m.

    Why in the world would you pick up Lacrosse before men's Track and Field. The Pac 12 is one of the best track conferences in the country. UT has some great athletes to choose from.

  • FriscosUTE SF, CA
    June 16, 2017 11:48 a.m.

    @ Johnny SLC - Soccer is a smart person's sport & NCAA D1 programs are about competition before entertainment. If you want entertainment, go watch NASCAR.

    @ wake 666 - you're simply incorrect and uninformed about this. UNM has a very strong men's soccer program and New Mexico still shares a boarder with Utah. Not to mention UNLV with a decent Men's soccer program and Nevada still sharing a boarder with Utah. How about DU and Air Force, both with established D1 men's teams in a boring state?

    And do you really see the U pulling players from strong East Coast club programs? Where if they can't get on at Hopkins, Duke, UNC, Maryland, Notre Dame, CUSE, VA, Va Tech, etc. they still have all the Ivy's to choose from and if that's not enough, they have really strong LAX programs at small schools like James Madison, Hofstra, Colgate, etc. etc. all much closer to home and with established competitive LAX programs.

    Is this the worst move ever? No, but it's bizarre to add a sport that they will be guaranteed bottom dwellers for decades to come + no recruiting pipelines what so ever + having to build a facility for it and no conference to play in. Come on, think objectively about it.

  • RedLegBandit West Jordan, UT
    June 16, 2017 9:26 a.m.

    Absolutely love that the UofU is doing this! I'm really proud of all the work that all the players and volunteer coaches up there have done over the past few decades to make this even a possibility. Congrats Utes!

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 16, 2017 8:21 a.m.

    so, what league are/will they be in for LAX? since no other PAC12 schools participate, do they play AF and Denver a few times a year and venture out east?

    thanks in advance

  • wake266 Boulder, CO
    June 16, 2017 8:08 a.m.


    You answered your own question- The PAC-12 has a bunch of established men's soccer programs- UCLA, Stanford, etc. have some of the best programs in the country, and with their respective talent beds, will never be surpassed by Utah. Why put the money in to field a perpetual 5th or 6th place soccer team? CU, UO, USC, etc. all COULD have soccer, but see no advantage in it, because they'll never win.

    Rather than play catch-up, U of U is going to be a leader, and have early-mover advantage. Look how it has played out for U of Denver (who has won the NCAA title and been very competitive, and to a less extent USAFA. DU won the title by recruiting Colorado, California, and Canada- Utah will be the closest program to CA, which produces a fair number of D1 players.

    As for Utah high school lax, it's a chicken-egg thing. Should the U wait until the high schools improve, or help it along by starting a program?

    There are no WCC or full time-WAC schools in states adjacent to Utah... Pacific, in Stockton, CA, is the closest WCC school to Utah.

    This move, yes, looks specious now, but will look very wise ten years from now.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    June 16, 2017 7:38 a.m.

    Lacrosse has been the fastest growing high school sport for nearly 2 decades now, so moving the Utes to the D1 level NOW is definitely the right move. It'll give us a leg up on the competition for when the rest of our Pac-12 brethren decide to join. In fact, our decision to add Lacrosse might just be what would spur the others to likewise add LAX, as they might be thinking that there won't be enough D1 programs in the west to make sense. But with Utah joining Denver and Air Force as the westernmost teams, all it would take for us to form our own conference would be maybe 2 more teams. The ACC has only 5 teams in their league, and the BigTen, Big East, and Colonial leagues all have about 6. And since I think it would be reasonable to believe that Denver (Big East) and Air Force (SoCon) may be persuaded to leave their respective leagues in favor of joining one that would seriously cut down on their travel costs.

    GO UTES!

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 16, 2017 5:47 a.m.


    The decision to add lacrosse may have something to do with the simple fact that to many, the game is fast-paced and is much more entertainIng to watch than soccer.

  • FriscosUTE SF, CA
    June 15, 2017 10:39 p.m.

    IMO - this is a questionable move by the U admin.

    No Men's soccer? With a great competitive player base already in the state of Utah + an excellent travel partner in UVU (already a strong program) to help attract top level sides from out of state + the PAC12 is a VERY strong soccer league for the schools that sponsor - UCLA, CAL, WA, Stanford, O State all well established programs. The U's campus already has a class facility for soccer & additional existing infrastructure to support a successful program. Not to mention being surrounded by men's soccer programs in the WAC & the WCC that give good competition in states adjacent to UT.

    Even Ice Hockey seems a more logical move, with the primo ice facility (directly across the street). And a much stronger (than LAX) HS varsity league + some strong clubs to boot!

    UT's HS LAX league is still in it's infancy at best + no existing LAX facility at the U & no conference? + travel?

    In CA, LAX is further established than in UT. CA has loads of strong HS teams, tons of pay to play club LAX teams & still NO college programs??? IMO - this is because the CA LAX scene knows that the West is still light years behind the East Coast in LAX.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 15, 2017 7:24 p.m.

    That is really really cool!