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BYU Lacrosse Takes Down Minnesota 21-9

For Immediate Release – BYU Lacrosse
BYU Lacrosse LogoThe #8 Cougars came out fighting against #24 Minnesota in Thursday night’s game at the Lax Coaches vs. Cancer weekend. BYU ended the Gopher’s five game winning streak by twelve goals in Phoenix.
“I am very proud of how the team played tonight,” said Head Coach Matt Schneck. “Our performance tonight was a team win in every aspect of the game. Diversified offensive scoring, great team defense and an opportunity for every team member to play. It was a fun game to be a part of.”
Minnesota took control of the game with the first faceoff as well as taking the first shots of the game, but great goalie play by the Cougar’s Matt Brandenburg got the ball back in BYU’s possession. BYU’s Mike Fabrizio scored the first goal of the game at 11:51, with an assist from Hayden Dixon.
Minnesota dominated faceoffs during the first quarter and as a result kept the game close. The score at the end of the first quarter was 3-2, Cougars.
BYU overcame their faceoff struggles in the second quarter as faceoff specialist Josh Tunick won 8 of 9 faceoffs, giving the Cougars a huge boost. The Cougars scored four goals in just under two minutes, stretching their lead and stifling the Gopher Defense. The Cougars would finish the second quarter with an 8 goal run.

The second half started with a Cougar 11-2 lead. The third quarter would be another dominating performance by the Cougars as another 8 goals would be scored by a variety of players. As the third quarter ended with a 19-2 lead for the Cougars, substitutions began and all of the younger Cougar reserves that made the trip had an opportunity to play.
Freshmen goalies Dalon Hampshire and Adam Litster got some good playing time in during the fourth quarter, allowing seven goals from Minnesota between the two of them. The Cougars added a couple more goals, ending the game 21-9.
The Cougars dominated Minnesota in ground balls, face offs, and shots. Cougar’s Jake Arbon and Nick Stevens both had three goals each, and nine other Cougars scored as well. Minnesota’s offense was lead by Benjamin Nash with four goals.
The Cougars will be taking on #4 Grand Canyon on Friday at 7:30 pm and #7 Michigan State on Saturday at 5:00 pm. All BYU Lacrosse games are tweeted live at @BYULacrosse on Twitter.
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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