It was business as usual for Brigham Young University late Thursday evening at the Tower Field in Logan, as BYU cruised to victory over USU 24-7 in another edition of the classic in-state rivalry.
The Aggies started the game off quick, winning the opening faceoff and taking it down for an easy goal to take a 1-0 lead just seconds into the match. It would end up being the only time that USU would lead in the entire game.
The Cougars answered quickly tying the game up and eventually going on a six goal run to take a 6-1 lead in the middle of the first quarter. The Cougars seized all the momentum and never looked back from there.
“It just comes down to preparation,” said USU head coach Jon Atwood. “BYU has had 20 some odd years of success; they have had systems in place for a long time and that makes them very difficult to beat.”
Atwood also said that they have been trying to match the same energy, conditioning and overall competitiveness of BYU for the past four years and it has been paying off for them.
“We scored more goals tonight on BYU than we have over the past four years. We’re so much better then we have been, so I’m proud of our guys,” Atwood said.
BYU came into the match ranked 2nd in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association with a 9-1 overall record, and they had no problem pushing their nine game win streak to 10.
The Cougars had solid contributions from Mike Fabrizio who scored 5 goals in limited action, as well as 4 goals from Jack Fabrizio and 3 more goals from Brandon Royce. The Aggies were led by Michael Christiansen who had a hat-trick and Blade Garlow and Kevin Mann both had 2 goals apiece.
“Honestly, BYU exploited us on defense, we will have to go back and take a look at the film and address those little things that they took advantage of and hopefully get better from there,” Atwood said. “We competed and sometimes teams are just better than you, and that’s fine.”
No. 2 BYU will host No. 25 Simon Fraser today in Provo. Utah State will have a few weeks off before hosting Utah on April 15.