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BYU Handles Westminster in Fall Ball Scrimmage

BYU Lacrosse Attackmen Ted Ferrin
BYU Attackmen Ted Ferrin

The Cougars stepped over the Griffins at Dumke Field on Friday with an 18-6 victory. BYU won 61 percent of the face-offs, which played a big part in their win.
Although BYU won, it was Westminster who struck first. Midfielder Andy Butterfield put the Griffins ahead with a split dodge to the left, followed by a jump shot that snuck by the Cougars. It took the Cougars seven minutes to get their first goal. It was initiated by Senior Attackmen Ted Ferrin, who curled around the crease and found Jayden Haws on the opposite side for a quick dunk. It took only six seconds for the Cougars to score again and take the lead. Casey Rich won the face off, drove down and scored. After two more goals from the BYU attack, the quarter ended 4-1.
The Cougars came out with four unanswered goals to take the lead to seven. One of the four goals was Sophomore Tim Forsgren, who split his defender, cut down the right side and pinged top right pipe. The other three goals came from the attack, specifically from Goal-Line-Extended. It took eight minutes for the Griffins to answer the Cougars. Brad Tack dodged at X, got to the 5 yards up and 5 yards out  island, and ripped it.  As powerful of a goal this was, it would be the last goal for the Griffins until the fourth quarter.  They went into halftime down 9-2.
Chris Weinberger was the first to score for the Cougars in the second half. Westminster tried to double team, but Weinberger slyly threaded the needle, leaving him wide open for a shot. The next goal came from Captain Ted Ferrin. Ferrin drew his defender out, and quickly cut back to put it in, despite having no angle. Midfielder Riley Hales scored the next goal for the Cougars. Hales shook his defender and was found by the attack wide open in front of the goal. He threw a fake and put it in. After two more goals, the Cougars go into the fourth quarter with a 13-2 lead over the Griffins.

BYU Lacrosse Attackmen Ted Ferrin
BYU Attackmen Ted Ferrin
The Cougars took another quick strike, which would lead one to wonder if the Griffins had given up. The Griffins, however, came out with more heart and intensity than they have showed the whole game. The fourth quarter was undoubtedly Westminster’s finest quarter. It started with a long clear from their goalie Adam Marfice to Captain Jake Arthur on the wing. Arthur drew the slide and dished to Andy Lehr on the crease for a quick dunk. This same situation happened again as Arthur carried the ball on a fast break, and dished to Lehr. Next, Freshman Kyle Postler pulled a perfect dodge from the top, and burned it in the top left corner.  Although Westminster was the standout of the fourth quarter, the Cougars already had a defining lead, ending the game with a score of 18-6.
The BYU scoring was driven by the attack, especially on the goalies right side.  A majority of their goals came from the island 5 yards out from the goal and 5 yards up from Goal Line Extended.  Another aspect that was impressing about BYU was their mixture of new and veteran talent.
“One of the successes from this game is that we were able to play everyone,” said BYU Head Coach Matt Schneck.
This has been a focus for BYU throughout fall ball.  Schneck felt that is was very important to get these young guys in as soon as possible. The Cougars will lose 10 seniors in 2012 and need to have players with game experience. BYU will wrap up their fall ball with a tournament in Vegas where they are entering two teams, essentially one JV and one Varsity.
The Griffins showed heart and intensity, especially in the last half of the game.  Griffin Head Coach Mason Goodhand echoed this, and was pleased with how his team did not give up.  He specifically pointed out Goalie Adam Marfice, and the defensive effort on one-on-ones. Westminster’s fast breaks were also very impressive. Whenever they had a fast break it either resulted in a score, or a great shot that missed the cage.
“Our staff has been working on bringing our team up to a level of play to be able to handle the speed and pressure of an athletic team like BYU,” said Goodhand. “That is our goal. The team is making progress to diminish the gap between the two programs.” Coach Goodhand assured that the next time these two teams meet in the spring, it will be a completely different game.
Photo courtesy of Victoria Harris – All American Shots

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