(Photo Courtesy of Utah Athletics)
The Utah Utes are headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
Utah defeated Air Force 11-9 on Sunday afternoon to win the ASUN Tournament and punch that grab the final AQ spot still up for grabs.
Carson Moyer (4G) led the Utah offense while Jordan Hyde (2G) and Koa Todd (2G) each had two goals.
Colin Lenskold made nines save with a 50% save percentage to anchor the Utah defense. Sammy Cambere recorded three caused turnovers and one ground ball to lead the way out in front of the cage. That Utah defense came up with three big stops in the final 3:35 of the contest to stifle Air Force’s effort to try and pull together a comeback.
Air Force cut the Utah lead to two three times during the fourth quarter but was never able to get any closer.
It was a pair of multi-goal runs that helped Utah pull ahead and stay ahead in the contest. The Utes scored three in a row from the 6:10 mark through the 2:54 mark of the second to make it a 5-4 game at the half after previously trailing 4-2. A four-goal run in the third quarter that saw Carson Moyer score twice pulled Utah ahead 9-5 with 5:13 remaining in the third quarter.
Cole Brams was the X-factor for the Utes in the win as he went 21-for-23 (91%) on the day. He also grabbed 18 ground balls. Brams’ effort at the dot allowed Utah to gain a sizable possession advantage and ultimately helped them keep Air Force at arms length for much of the game after taking the lead they did into the half.
Josh Yago had two goals for Air Force. Brandon Dodd has three points off one goal and two assists. Jason Rose made 11 saves with a 50% save percentage.
Utah (12-4, 9-0 ASUN) will wait until tonight to see where they will be slated in the NCAA Tournament.