Sommerfeldt’s 17 Saves Leads the Yellow Jackets to Upset Win Over #23 Georgia
ATLANTA, GA – It’s been a long wait, but the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (12-4, 4-1) ended an eight year stretch of losses to their cross-state rivals, the University of Georgia (11-4, 3-1), behind 17 saves from freshman goalie Matt Sommerfeldt (Marietta, GA/Pope) by a score of 8-5. The game was played at Tech’s Roe Stamps Turf field in Atlanta. The long time carpet turf of the Jackets is being replaced this summer marking this game as the last contest to be played on the “carpet”. The win clinched the southwest division title for the Yellow Jackets and a return to the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference Tournament.
The day’s scoring was opened when junior Colin Granger (Tallahassee, FL/Leon) scored a bounce shot past goalie David Lumsden (Johns Creek, GA/Northview) to give Tech the early 1-0 lead just minutes into the contest. That goal was followed up late in the quarter when freshman Ben Mertz (Grayson, GA/Grayson) broke free into the Bulldog defense and snuck his shot past Lumsden. On the defensive end the field, the Tech defense played great position play in the opening quarter. The defense limited the high scoring offense of UGA and kept them off the scoreboard for the opening quarter of play. Freshman goalie Matt Sommerfedlt (Marietta, GA/Pope) was solid between the pipes as he recorded seven saves in the first quarter alone. The second quarter opened with a quick strike from Georgia as midfielder George Walker (Alpharetta, GA/Alpharetta) scored on Sommerfeldt with a shot past the Tech goalie to close the gap to 2-1. But Tech responded with a quick goal of their own when Granger got his second goal of the game to push the lead back to two goals with ten minutes remaining the quarter.
Over the next nine plus minutes the Tech defense continued it’s pressure play. The close defense led by senior Joe Burton (Alpharetta, GA/Milton) and a freshman trio of Oliver “Tuna” Gregory (Marblehead, MA/Marblehead), David Cyron (Lincoln University, PA/Union Grove) and Danny Coughlin (Atlanta, GA/Marist) continued the great effort of limiting any great scoring opportunities for the Bulldog offense. With 5:29 remaining in the half sophomore captain Mick Stapleton (Woodstock, GA/Woodstock) scored making the game 4-1 in favor of the Jackets. But as the half would draw to a close the Georgia offense would score when Matt Dumbleton (Alpharetta, GA/Alpharetta) picked up a loose ball on the crease and ripped it by Sommerfeldt to make it a 4-2 Jackets lead at the half.
The second half began much like the first with Tech drawing first blood when Gregory took a ball coast to coast and scorched a high bounce shot past Lumsden to make it 5-2 Tech. Midway through the third quarter Tech would score again, this time Mertz found the net with his shot to give Tech a four goal lead at 6-2. But the Bulldogs would not lay down. Soon after Mertz’s second score UGA got a goal from midfielder Connor Reed (Alpharetta, GA/Alpharetta) to decrease the Tech lead to three goals as the third quarter closed.
Entering the fourth quarter Tech would put the game away as one minute into the quarter sophomore Alex Roe (Cumming, GA/South Forsyth) took an isolation move and scored his lone goal of the day to make the game 7-3. As the quarter wore on the defense continued to frustrate the Bulldog offense. After a good ride by the Tech defense, Trey Gantt (Marietta, GA/Lassiter) placed a perfect shot in the top corner off a transition opportunity to lock it down as Tech led 8-3 with four minutes remaining. The UGA offense did find some light late in the game and scored two straight, a second goal from Walker and then with one minute remaining Dumbleton scored to end the game’s scoring and make the final 8-5 in favor of the Jackets.
Tech will take the field on Friday night at 8:00pm versus Wake Forest at Alpharetta High School in the first round of the SELC Tournament.
Georgia Tech – 2 2 2 2- 8
Georgia – 0 2 1 2- 5
Georgia Tech Scoring– Mertz 2, Granger 2, Stapleton, Roe, Gregory, Gantt
Georgia Tech Saves– Sommmerfeldt 17