The Brigham Young University women’s lacrosse team and Colorado State faced off at 5:30 p.m. today for the first meeting of the season in what has become a competitive rivalry.
CSU quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Cougars’ consistent controls on the draws and high pressured re-defense kept them in the game. Two answering goals from Briana Arnold brought BYU right back into the fray. The game continued to go back and forth with CSU always staying one goal ahead.
Both teams were able to capitalize off of man-up situations due to yellow cards. The Cougars went into halftime trailing 4-5.
BYU made some halftime adjustments, including being more team-oriented on offense and focusing on individual assignments on defense. This helped the Cougars come out with a new sense of purpose in the second half.
The score remained close with CSU maintaining a one to two point lead for the majority of the half.
With 15 minutes left the Cougars were able to turn a major swing in momentum when Summer Sutherland found Shannon Viehweg open on a fast break, bringing the score to 9-7 in favor of CSU. BYU’s re-defense continued to play a critical role, and CSU was unable to score and struggled to even get the ball on their side of the field for the remainder of the game.
A crucial turnover caused by Tayler Ballard led to another Shannon Viehweg goal, bringing the score to 9-8 for CSU. Briana Arnold had a quick draw control and goal off of a free-position shot that tied the game with 20 seconds left. In the sudden victory overtime period, the Cougars won the draw control once again. A quick transition pass to Heather Haight for a drive led to the game-winning goal that sealed the victory in favor of the Cougars, 10-9.