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#5 BYU Lacrosse Defeats #19 University of Minnesota-Duluth

For Immediate Release – BYU Lacrosse
BYU Lacrosse LogoThe #5 Cougars ended the #19 Bulldog’s 4 game winning streak on Saturday in Provo, 10-8. Minnesota-Duluth came to Provo to play hard, but the combination of stingy defense and controlled offense gave the Cougar’s an outstanding victory, extending their win streak to 6 games.
“Prior to the game, I told the team to expect a tough, big-hitting, never give up team that would be ready to play and that is exactly how Minnesota-Duluth came out to play”, said Head Coach Matt Schneck.  “I am proud of how our guys responded as a team in a tough game and that they did what was necessary to finish the night with a victory.”
The Bulldogs took control of the first faceoff of the game and scored in just under two minutes from the start of the game. Cougar’s Dustin Skousen (Torrey Pines HS; San Diego, CA) took control of the second face off, setting BYU for their first goal of the game. Sophomore Andrew Bertha (La Costa Canyon HS; Encinitas, CA) scored for the Cougars at 12:41 in the first. Chandler Wescott (Bountiful HS; Bountiful, UT) followed up for the Cougars and made the score 2-1. Both teams continued to score throughout the first, making the score 4-5, Bulldogs at the quarter.
Dustin Skousen controlled the opening faceoff of the second, but both sides struggled to get a goal at the beginning of the second. Nick Stevens (Oakton HS; Oak Hill, VA) tied the game up for the Cougars at 10:00 and BYU held the Bulldogs from scoring for the entire second quarter. Cougar defense held strong against the Bulldogs, keeping them away from the cage.
Nick Stevens started the third quarter off with his second goal of the game, making the score 8-5, BYU. The Bulldogs took advantage of a man up opportunity at 8:31 and scored again at 4:31. Andrew Bertha was able to answer back for BYU at 41 seconds left in the third, making the score 9-7, BYU.
Both teams fought hard and played fast in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Josh Tunick (Joel Barlow HS; Easton, CT) won the faceoff for BYU, but the Bulldogs got the ball into their possession after a cross-check called on the Cougars. Jake Arbon (Alta HS; Sandy, Utah) scored for BYU at 11:09 and two timeouts later, the Cougars allowed the Bulldogs to only score once during the fourth and sealing their victory.
Matt Brandenburg (Chantilly HS; Chantilly, VA) kept the Bulldogs back with 12 saves. Mike Fabrizio led the offense with 2 goals and 2 assists against the Bulldogs. Jake Arbon, Andrew Bertha and Nick Stevens each scored 2 goals for BYU.
The Bulldogs were lead by sophomore Connor Simposon who had 4 points and junior Franklin Nesser who had 3 points. Jared Klapperich led the Bulldogs on defense with 24 saves.
The Cougars will be playing at Utah Valley University Friday, March 27th at 7:00 pm in Orem at the Utah Valley University Intermural Fields. Washington Sate will be coming to Provo to play the Cougars on Saturday, March 28th at 4:00pm. The game will be played on North University Lacrosse Field located at 2300 North Canyon Road in Provo.
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. For more information, please visit www.byulacrosse.com and follow at www.twitter.com/byulacrosse

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