No. 6 BYU Lacrosse Defeats No. 8 California
BERKELEY, California — The No. 6 BYU Men’s Lacrosse team continued its California road trip by defeating No. 8 California 10-7 on Tuesday.
The Cougars started off the game dominating the scoreboard. Freshman Andrew Welling won the opening face-off and senior Jake Ferrin scored on the first possession. This goal quickly propelled the Cougars energy.
The next goal of the game did not come until there was 2:58 remaining in the second as senior Pat Matheson scored, giving the Cougars a 2-0 lead. While it may have taken the Cougars a while to score, the defense brought pressure to California and kept them from scoring.
BYU had two more goals during the first quarter coming from sophomore Mike Fabrizio and senior Mickell Walker. At the end of the first quarter, BYU had a 4-0 lead.
Throughout the second quarter, senior goalie Rob Ostler had a great performance recording save after save. At halftime, Ostler had 8 saves.
Neither team scored until there was 4:49 remaining in the second when sophomore Nick Stevens scored for the Cougars, increasing their lead to 5-0. Ferrin also scored for the Cougars with seven seconds remaining in the half to give the Cougars a 6-0 lead at halftime.
As the third quarter began, California came out firing and scored four goals in less than four minutes, narrowing BYU’s lead to 6-4.
Ferrin scored the first goal for the Cougars during the second half with 5:18 on the clock making the score 7-4. This score gave BYU the momentum they needed and they scored three more goals before the end of the third. These goals were scored by freshman Jon Wagstaff, Matheson and Walker.
California scored another goal within the last minute of the third to make the score 10-5 heading into the fourth.
California scored two goals during the fourth quarter with neither team scoring during the last six minutes which made the final score 10-7.
Head Coach Matt Schneck is impressed with the lessons his young team is learning. “Every game we are learning something new about ourselves as a team”, Schneck said. “Our team is young, but maturing each with each game. Only a few of our players had ever competed in a collegiate game before this year and the lesson they are learning are lessons that can only be experienced. As a coaching staff, we are extremely proud of how they are responding successfully to difficult situations.”
BYU will face its toughest challenge of the year as they face undefeated and No. 3 ranked Stanford on Wednesday at 12:00 PDT.
The Brigham Young University Men’s Lacrosse Team is a proud member of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The Cougars have won four MCLA National Championship Titles – 1997, 2000, 2007 and 2011, and have been honored with more than 100 All-Americans who have proudly worn the Y. For more information, please visit www.byulacrosse.com and follow at www.twitter.com/byulacrosse.