UTAH STATE MEN’S LACROSSE ANNOUNCES 2017 TEAM CAPTAINS
FEB 1, 2017
LOGAN, Ut. – Utah State University Men’s Lacrosse recently named four new captains to provide player leadership for the USU Aggies lacrosse team in 2017. USU Junior, Brady Bolderjack, Sophomore, Gary Christensen, and two freshmen players, Justin Hart and Hunter Albert were unanimously selected to serve the team by their teammates.
All four captains contributed on and off the field during the fall semester and share their team’s commitment to bringing a competitive level of play for the Aggies in 2017. Each captain is a top contributor in their respective areas, and the selections by the players were strongly endorsed by the USU Lacrosse coaching staff and club presidency. Despite a large freshman class, the depth and breadth of experience at USU lacrosse is strong, and each recognizes the impressive talent on the team, and understands their responsibility to guide their teammates to success in 2017.
Brody Bolderjack is a strong emotional leader on the team, and plays close defense. Bolderjack is from Brighton High School in Sandy, Utah and had a great season last year at USU. Brody is a quick, intelligent and intense defender and consistently demonstrates strong leadership skills with the team’s defensive players. He will continue to build upon his accomplishments while leading the Aggies both on and off the field in 2017.
Gary Christensen, a midfielder from Purceville, Va. Immediately brought leadership and an expectation of excellence during the fall. Gary shows great lacrosse IQ, and brings a style of play and instruction that has helped lift the entire team, beginning with the midfielders. His high energy and commitment to excellence is one of the reasons Gary was selected by his team for this leadership role. The team expects a lot of individual success for Christensen in 2017, and his contributions and example with help drive the team to new and better results this year.
Justin Hart is one of the most versatile players on the team, and his ability to play both strong offense and defense was a tournament-changer in the Aggies undefeated trip to the Las Vegas Fall Showcase in the fall. Hart comes to Utah State from Henderson, NV and Coronado High School. Justin excels at LSM, close defense, defensive midfielder and he has a strong (and accurate) shot with either a long or short pole. Justin’s ability to play at full intensity is also an emotional standard for our team, and in the same way Hart expects excellence in his own efforts, he positively brings out the best in his team as well.
Offensive threat and athletic strength define Hunter Albert, the Aggie’s other offensive captain. Hunter is from Brighton High School in Sandy, Utah and one of the Aggie’s top state recruits in the state because of his advanced stick skills, powerful shot, and commitment to the game. Hunter immediately established dominance in the attack position in the fall and has a solid work ethic that helps set the tone for the rest of the team. Albert will have high expectations as a leader in 2017, and even higher expectations as a major point contributor on the field this spring.
The Utah State Aggies open their schedule at home against Montana on Feb. 10th in the Stan Laub Center in Logan, Utah.
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Pictures from the Utah v. Utah State scrimmage on November 18, 2016. Photos courtesy of Haslam Photography.
Oldham Takes Over at Utah State
06.13.2016 – By Steve Nelson Utah Lacrosse News
460px-Utah_State_Aggies_Logo.svgTroy Oldham is continuing a tradition in Cache Valley Lacrosse, taking over the USU program just a season after
Jon Atwood was at the reigns. Atwood also started the Sky View boys program long ago, and Oldham took over the Bobcats, just two seasons after Atwood moved on, and took them to an undefeated season and D-II state championship in 2014. Now, Coach Oldham is looking to duplicate that success with the Aggies.
“I really think there is a solid group of exiting USU players and many new ones coming up,” says Oldham, “and there is a lot of tradition for Lacrosse at USU. I’m hoping to leverage that, as well as what I learned coaching at the high school level, to really help this team understand that they can be champions.”
This will be Oldham’s first foray into head coaching at the college level, and he’ll be taking over a USU squad that recently climbed back into the MCLA’s D-I, going just 4-9 last season.
“I know college is a whole new level up, but I’ve not yet experienced it, so I know there will be a lot to learn. The team and players are bigger, faster, stronger and more experienced, and so I need to understand how to help our guys be competitive both physically and mentally. I know there are some very smart and experienced coaches out there on the opposing sideline, and I am going to have to learn how to get my team ready to play their teams, and to beat them.”
Troy OldhamBuilding any program into a winner and a champion is monumentally difficult, but Coach Oldham feels the Aggies will be up to the task given the growing talent pool in Cache Valley.
“One of the areas of change I want to drive, and it is already happening, is a tighter connection to the great upcoming players from local schools in the Valley. Logan, Sky View and Mountain Crest all have state championship traditions, built on great players, coaches, boosters and Jr Lax programs. My vision is to have USU Lax a place where our team members are proud to wear the uniform, and young players aspire to play at USU.
We are also going to be looking for more community and corporate support, and you will see USU Lax in the community more, and I hope to see more USU students at our games, but also more Skyview, Logan, Mtn. Crest, Box Elder, and Preston players on the sidelines, watching and learning, and cheering our team on to winning seasons.”
But USU won’t just be looking for talent in northern Utah; Coach Oldham believes that USU can be a destination school for players from all over the state.
“I also honestly believe USU can, and will, be very competitive and will join the considerations set for players who want to extend their lacrosse experience beyond high school.”
For those looking to play for Coach Oldham and the Aggies, they will hold an orientation night (Meet & Greet) on September 2 from 5-7 pm, and tryouts are scheduled for September 6 – 8 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm daily. Fall practices will begin the following week.
“As an Aggie Lax alumnus, I have a deep love and respect for Utah State University, and the program where I first learned to play, and learned to love the game. I am very honored, excited, and proud to be USU Lax’s new head coach.”