ATLANTA, GA – The number #22 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets improved to 9-2 on the season with their first ever win over #16 SUNY-Buffalo (0-1) by a score of 7-3 on a sunny Atlanta afternoon. The Jackets were paced by a pair of a freshmen in Danny Radke (Chesterfield, MO/Desmet Jesuit) and Chris O’Brien (Manhattan Beach, CA/Mira Costa) who each had two goals and an assist. The defense, who is led by a freshman goalie in Matt Sommerfeldt (8 saves), has an held the last three opponents to less than five goals.
In the opening quarter, Buffalo on the field for the first time this season, struck first. Attackman Ryan Sans (Williamsville, NY/Willimasville) snuck past a fallen Tech defenseman and bounced a shot past Sommerfeldt only 45 seconds into the game. For the next ten minutes both teams would have multiple possessions resulting in possible opportunities but each defenses would step up to the challenge. And with only two minutes left in the opening quarter Tech would ties the score at one goal each when freshman midfielder Radke ripped a top corner shot past Buffalo goaltender Ryan Lichtman (Monroe, NY/Monroe Woodbury). As time expired in the first quarter the game was tied at one goal a piece. In the second quarter Tech would gain its balance. With it’s fourth Sunday game in a row Tech’s offense would finally finds it groove. Just two minutes into the second quarter Radke would score his second goal of the game on a feed from O’Brien, on Tech’s first man up opportunity. Nursing a one goal lead the defense would continue to disrupt the Buffalo offense. Then sophomore transfer Evan Jarecki (Savannah, GA/Memorial Day) would score his first goal as a Jacket on a great feed from freshman Ben Mertz (Grayson, GA/Grayson) to make it a 3-1 game. The first half would come to a close with Tech leading by two.
As the second half got under way the Buffalos wanted to make it five straight over the Jackets. After a lengthy possession to open the second half the Buffalos came up empty thanks to some great defense by the Jackets. Then junior Colin Granger (Tallahassee, FL/Leon) gave Tech a three goal lead half way through the quarter with his eighth goal on the season. Two minutes later O’Brien scored his first goal when he was found wide open on the crease by Radke to make the game 5-1 in favor of the Jackets. As the quarter came to a close with two minutes remaining, junior Alex Roe (Cumming, GA/South Forsyth) gave Tech a comfortable five goal lead to close out the third quarter. The fourth was a cruise control for the Jackets as the defense continued to play solid fundamental position and team defense. Halfway through the fourth quarter O’Brien would score his second on the day to essentially close out the day and give Tech a 7-1 lead. As the defense rotated senior goalie John Mahoney (Atlanta, GA/Lovett) recorded two saves and in the end Tech would beat its third ranked opponent in the past four games.