For Immediate Release – BYU Lacrosse
The #8 Cougars fought hard for the win against #4 Grand Canyon in Friday night’s game at the Lax Coaches vs. Cancer weekend. BYU took the energy from their big win against Minnesota the night before to beat Grand Canyon 15-11.
“Heading into tonight’s game, our guys were focused and anxious at the same time,” said Head Coach Matt Schneck. “Anytime you are playing against a Top 5 Team in the nation, you can anticipate that it is going to be a dog fight, and tonight was no exception. Grand Canyon has a tremendous amount of talent of their team and it made for hard fought battle the entire 60 minutes.”
The Cougar’s started the game with a bang with Dustin Skousen (Torrey Pines HS; San Diego, CA) winning the first faceoff and Zach Jordan (Bountiful HS; Bountiful, Utah), scoring the first goal of the game at 12:40. After an impressive three-goal streak, the Cougars lead over Grand Canyon at the end of the first by four goals.
The second quarter started with BYU up 5-1, but Grand Canyon dominated the first few minutes of the second quarter with 3 goals in less than 3 minutes. Grand Canyon shot fast and hard but Matt Brandenburg (Chantilly HS; Chantilly, VA) made some amazing saves, keeping the Lopes at only 4 goals for the second quarter.
LSM Max Neser showed Grand Canyon that he came to play with great caused turnovers and one goal in the second half. Neser had 4 ground balls and was a major contributor to keeping the ball in Cougar possession.
Grand Canyon dominated the face offs in the second half, with Ron Hamwey going 19-8 on face offs wins for the entire game. The Lopes took 18 shots in the third but were only able to get 3 shots past Brandenburg, making the score 13-8 by the start of the fourth.
Grand Canyon fought hard in the fourth to overcome the deficit, but Brandenburg continued to lead the defense and kept the Cougars in the lead. The Lopes continued to dominate on face offs, and the Cougars tried three different players at the “X”, including a long pole. Ultimately, the Cougars took down the #4 team in the country by four goals, ending the game 15-11.
Matt Brandenburg had an outstanding 26 saves. “We came out fast and played with passion the whole game,” said Brandenburg. “We gave 100% for four quarters, played together and came out on top. It was a great night to be a Cougar.”
The Lopes were lead by senior Carson Barton who had 6 points and sophomore Brandon Suchand who had 9 saves. The Lopes moved quickly on the offensive side of the field, cutting fast and dodging Cougar defensive. On defensive, Grand Canyon played hard and gave BYU a run for their money on drives to the goal.
BYU was lead by Zach Jordan who had 4 goals and 1 assist. Mike Fabrizio (Bountiful HS; Bountiful, Utah) and Jake Arbon (Alta HS; Sandy, Utah) closely followed with 3 goals each. The Cougars lead Grand Canyon in shots and groundballs, but the Lopes controlled the face offs for the game.
“Last night was one of the best team wins I have ever been a part of at BYU,” said Zach Jordan. “Top to bottom, everyone on the team played great but no one played better than Brandenburg.”
The Cougars will be taking on #7 Michigan State on Saturday at 5:00 pm. All BYU Lacrosse games are tweeted live at @BYULacrosse on Twitter.
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For Immediate Release – BYU Lacrosse