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PR – Minnesota Duluth Falls to Reigning National Champs

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Rounding out an extremely competitive out-of-conference trip that started in California, the Bulldogs headed into the highly anticipated rematch against #3 Brigham Young University, the 2011 National Champions, on Saturday, March 17 in Minneapolis.

The rematch against 2011 National Champs BYU

UMD Falls to Reigning National Champs
by UMD Lacrosse Media Relations

UMD

Duluth, MN — March 19, 2012 — Rounding out an extremely competitive out-of-conference trip that started in California, the Bulldogs headed into the highly anticipated rematch against #3 Brigham Young University, the 2011 National Champions, on Saturday, March 17 in Minneapolis.

“In the past, we have had some very competitive match-ups and we didn’t expect this to be any different. They are well coached and play a very competitive schedule,” said head coach Frank Clark.

The first quarter started out a little rough for the Bulldogs with captain Matt Madden (#17, Rochester, MN) taking an early penalty for holding. Not too long after, BYU was able to secure its first goal by player Drew Shumway (#2). UMD captain Drake Peterson (#15, Terrence Park, Ohio) also received a penalty for pushing in the first quarter. The string of penalties opened the door for BYU to score yet again, this time by Ted Ferrin (#4), putting them ahead of the Bulldogs 2-0. Though it started out rough, the Bulldogs were ready to answer when Kevin Gaydos (#6, Centenniel HS, MN) passed to Alex McNamara (#10, Apple Valley, MN), who put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard. The first quarter soon turned into a rally of shots from each side. BYU ‘s Corey Gunderson (#17) scored a third goal, but the Bulldogs’ Peterson (#15) answered back on a face-off fast break pass from Justin Vossen (#18, Apple Valley, MN) and put the Bulldogs down by a point, making the score 3-2 at the end of the first quarter.

BYU came on strong in the second quarter which left UMD senior captain Joey Slattery (#25) facing a series of shots . BYU’s Ted Ferrin (#4) was able to get a shot past him, putting them up 4-2. Slattery continued to be a force to be reckoned with at the net, keeping BYU from scoring again until 6:01 remained in the quarter. BYU’s Houghton (#1) would score to widen the gap to 5-2. The Bulldogs continued to rally and an opportunity arose after McNamara (#10) drew a slide dodging from behind and passed to Vossen (#18) on the crease for the goal. BYU saw themselves in a mishmash of penalties for slashing and holding with 3:55 left in the quarter, giving the Bulldogs a 2 man-up advantage. Ben Blaeser (#3, Champlin, MN) took the chance and capitalized on the moment, taking a pass from McNamara (#10) and putting the Bulldogs up another point, making the score 5-4. The Bulldogs secured another goal with: 37 seconds left on the clock. This put both teams on an even par with a tied score of 5-5 at the end of the first half.

“We are in a competitive game, it’s what we expected” said head coach Frank Clark at the half.

BYU saw their second half start out a little rougher than the original start of the game, receiving a 30-second penalty for pushing. At 12:09 BYU’s Ferrin ( #4) scored the first point of the second half. BYU’s Ferrin (#4) continued to have a hot streak, scoring again when the clock read 10:06. Ferrin then found himself in the penalty for being offside. Both UMD players Gaydos (#6) and Matt Murphy (#21, Eden Prairie, MN) took the chance of charging the BYU net, and both walked away with another goal scored for their team, putting the score at 7-6. It was in the latter half of the third quarter when BYU set off on a 4-goal streak, putting them ahead of the Bulldogs 11-7 by the quarter’s end.

BYU continued with their hot streak into the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs kept fighting until the very end of the quarter with McNamara (#10) scoring with: 02 seconds left of the match putting the final score at 16-8.

“BYU is an incredibly talented team, we made some mistakes and they capitalized” said Clark. Currently, BYU stands with a divisional record of 1-0 and an overall record of 8-1.

The Bulldogs still hold an undefeated record in the UMLC at 4-0, and their overall record now holds at 4-4. Next up, the #15 Bulldogs hit the road again, but this time to Arizona to take on #8 Arizona State University on Friday, March 23 and #19 Colorado on Sunday, March 25.

Keep up to date with the Bulldogs’ season by checking out umdlacrosse.com and following the team on Twitter @Duluthlacrosse.

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