For Immediate Release – BYU Lacrosse
The #5 Cougars slayed the #8 Wildcats and their 6 game winning streak on Monday at a neutral site game located in Las Vegas, 10-9. The Wildcats were tough competition for BYU, even with a last quarter surge, but ultimately came up short against the Cougars. This top ten win for the Cougars added to their winning streak, giving the cougars 7 straight wins.
“This was a fantastic game to be a playing in,” said BYU Head Coach Matt Schneck. “Neutral site, two top ten teams and a beautiful day. I told the team before the game that this experience was one of the reasons why we play the game of lacrosse and to get ready for battle.”
The Wildcats took control of the game from the faceoff, and after a few shots on both sides the Wildcats were able to get a goal in. Cougar’s Dustin Skousen (Torrey Pines HS; San Diego, CA) took control of the second face off, and Mike Fabrizio (Bountiful HS; Bountiful, UT) tied the game 30 seconds later. Jake Arbon (Alta HS; Sandy, Utah) scored for the Cougars and secured a lead going into the second quarter.
Andrew Bertha (La Costa Canyon HS; Encinitas, CA) got shot in for the Cougars in just under two minutes from the start of the second, and Jake Arbon followed up with his second goal of the game. The cougars played tough defense, keeping the Wildcats far from opportunities to score. At the end of the half the Cougars were up 5-3.
Both teams entered the second half fired up and ready to play tough. BYU controlled the faceoff and freshman Jack Fabrizio (Bountiful HS; Bountiful, UT) scored two consecutive goals for the Cougars. Senior Jake Folkerson (Bountiful HS; Bountiful, UT) continued to play great defense for the Cougars during the third, playing a key role in keeping the ball in Cougar possession.
After a goal from Chandler Wescott (Bountiful HS; Bountiful, UT) at the end of the quarter, BYU was able to head into the fourth with a lead of three goals over the Wildcats.
The fourth quarter was full of back and forth goals from both the Cougars and the Wildcats. Arizona cut the lead to 10-9 with 2:30 left to go in the game. BYU defense stepped up and kept Arizona away from scoring a game tying goal. The Cougars were able to maintain possession for the last couple minutes to secure the win.
The top ten win and a win against Minnesota-Duluth over the weekend pushed the Cougars up in the rankings. After the game BYU moved to the #3 spot and Arizona bumped up to the #7 spot despite the loss.
Matt Brandenburg (Chantilly HS; Chantilly, VA) continued his great season with 16 saves and a .640 save percentage. Mike Fabrizio led the offense with 2 goals and 3 assists against the Wildcats. Jack Fabrizio followed close behind with 3 goals and 1 assist and Jake Arbon had 4 points for the Cougars.
BYU led the Wildcats in groundballs, but faceoffs and shots were evenly split between both teams. The Wildcats were lead by freshman Austin Miller who had 5 goals 1 assist and junior Foster Bundy who had 3 points. Tanner Knego led the Wildcats in the goal with 15 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
For Immediate Release – BYU Lacrosse