For the 2021 season, Utah’s roster will feature 25 freshmen and 17 sophomores thanks to spring sports retaining their eligibility from the shortened 2020 season. The two upperclassmen for Utah are fifth-year senior Dan Tracy and graduate transfer Harrison Nye, who joins the program from Westminster College.
The Utes return just 21 percent of their offense this season with just 16 goals scored between six players. MJ McMahon and Branden Wilson lead the group of returners with each having scored five goals last season while Wilson edged out McMahon with six points.
The players selected Samuel Cambere, Rylan Lemons and Jonathan Rose as their captains for the 2021 campaign.
Defensive player Cambere enters his third year with the Utes having started in 15 games and has totaling nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) to go with 80 groundballs, 30 caused turnovers and five faceoff victories. The Flower Mound, Texas, product was named a College Crosse All-Freshman Second-Team honoree after solid first season with the Utes.
Lemons also plays on defense. The Windsor, Colo., native had seen action in 14 games in a Utah uniform entering this season. He has recorded 11 groundballs and one caused turnover to go with his lone assist last season.
Rose, a midfielder, is the elder of the Rose brothers on the team. He has seen action in 19 career games. Hailing from Atlanta, Rose has posted 11 groundballs with three caused turnovers to go with one goal to his name so far.
The 2020 season came to a screeching halt on March 13, when the entire sports world shut down due to COVID-19. The Utes, who were in their second season as a Division I program, sat at 3-3 on the year. Through six games, Utah was on pace to surpass all the offensive numbers from its inaugural season in 2019. As a team, the Utes scored 77 goals while dishing out 46 assists for a total of 123 points with eight games remaining on their schedule.
Utah, which has been one of four independents in NCAA Division I lacrosse this season, will join the ASUN as an affiliate member in 2022. Independents Cleveland State and Robert Morris will also join, with Air Force and Bellarmine relocating from the SoCon. Detroit Mercy moves over from the MAAC to round out the six-member league.
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Andrew McMinn is in his first season the Utah’s lacrosse head coach. McMinn will guide the Utes into their first season in the ASUN in 2021-22 after Utah became an affiliate member earlier this year.
McMinn comes to Salt Lake City after spending 10 seasons as the head coach at Robert Morris University, becoming the program’s all-time coaching wins leader with 76. The two-time Northeast Conference Coach of the Year spent 15 overall seasons at RMU, which included five as an assistant coach, leading the program to two NEC tournament titles and NCAA Tournament berths, and a regular season conference championship.
In his 10 seasons as head coach, the Colonials secured seven winning seasons, including five consecutive dating back to 2017. Since taking over as head coach in 2012, RMU has earned 54 All-NEC selections, six conference player of the year awards and five All-Americans, with 12 players landing roster spots in the National Lacrosse League after leaving Robert Morris.
Most recently, McMinn coached attacker Ryan Smith, who earned five different All-America nods in 2021. He was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, finished second nationally in goals per game (3.69) and fourth in points per game (5.46). He also broke or tied program records in career points, goals and games played, and single-season points, points per game and goals per game.
In 2018, McMinn led the Colonials to its first NEC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament bid, setting a school record for single-season wins (13). RMU kept the momentum going into 2019, becoming the second program in NEC history to win back-to-back conference tournament titles with another NCAA Tournament berth in the books.
McMinn won his second NEC Coach of the Year award in 2017 after seven players earned all-conference, with his first conference coach of the year award coming in his first season at the helm. In 2012, McMinn led the Colonials to a then program-record 11 wins in 15 games, winning the regular-season title.
Before joining RMU, the Pittsburgh, Pa., native was a standout goalkeeper for the Providence Friars. In three seasons at Providence, McMinn led the team to two regular-season titles, a MAAC Tournament Championship and a berth in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
The three-time All-MAAC selection held the top two single-season goals against average in conference history at the time, also ranking among the top goalkeepers in Division I in both save percentage and goals against average.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in management with a minor in finance from Providence in 2005. He completed his Master’s degree in instructional leadership with a concentration in sport management from Robert Morris in 2014.
Sean Doyle is in his first year at Utah after playing and coaching at Robert Morris University under Andrew McMinn.
The Owings, Md., native spent the last two seasons as an assistant at RMU after serving as the defensive coordinator at Virginia Military Institute in 2019. Doyle saw the Colonials have back-to-back winning seasons with RMU defeating four ASUN Conference foes in 2021. He ended the 2021 campaign coaching alongside McMinn at the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division I/II All-Star Game for the South Team.
Despite the season being cut short due to COVID, Doyle helped the Colonials to a 4-2 record in 2020 in his first season at RMU with the program winning its final three games of the year.
In his first season as a full-time coach, Doyle worked at VMI in 2019. The Keydets ranked sixth nationally in that statistic as a team, forcing 10.62 per game.
Prior to his coaching days, Doyle was a team captain at Robert Morris, playing in 60 games over four seasons while compiling 15 points (10 goals, 5 assists) on offense while also recording 47 groundballs and 23 caused turnovers on defense. He led the Colonials to a program-record 13 wins in 2018 with RMU advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
He finished his collegiate career by participating in the USILA Senior All-Star game, one of 10 RMU players to earn a spot in the all-star contest since 2008.
Doyle graduated from Robert Morris in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in business management after being a four-year Dean’s List recipient and Northeast Conference Academic and Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection.
Former collegiate All-American Tim McDermott is in his fourth season as Director of Operations for the Utah lacrosse team, handling many of the day-to-day logistics of running a program.
McDermott also works as a mental performance coach. He previously spent two seasons as an assistant coach and Director of Operations with Utah’s club team. McDermott was a volunteer assistant at Virginia for two years (2013-14), helping the face-off specialists and goalies. He also worked with players at Cortland State (2012) and Deep Run High School in Richmond, Va. (2011-12) as well as Loyola (Md.).
McDermott was a two-time All-American at SUNY Geneseo. The two-time first-team All-SUNYAC player (2006-07) ranked second in the NCAA in face-off win percentage (.726, 241-of-332) as a sophomore in 2006. McDermott transferred to Loyola University Maryland for his senior season and ranked ninth in the NCAA with a .586 face-off win percentage (109-of-186).
McDermott was a reserve player for Major League Lacrosse’s Chicago Machine, playing in one game in 2010. The Cortland, N.Y., native earned a degree in business administration from SUNY Geneseo in 2007 and an MBA from Loyola in 2010.