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No. 1 BYU Starts Slow, Finishes Strong in Win Over UNLV

BYU Midfielder Jake Ferrin
BYU Midfielder Jake Ferrin

The No. 1 BYU Men’s Lacrosse team held off a determined UNLV squad on Thursday night in Provo, outlasting the Rebels 12-8.
UNLV (0-2) won the opening face-off and controlled most of the possession in the first quarter. Halfway through, the Rebels had a 2-0 lead and held all of the momentum.
BYU (1-0) notched one goal from Senior Midfielder Jared Houghton but the Rebels answered right back with two goals of their own to take a 4-1 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter saw the Rebels continuing to capitalize on their opportunities while the Cougars struggled to get the ball past UNLV Goalie Mark Day. The Cougars did find the net three times, cutting the Rebel lead to one at halftime.

BYU Midfielder Jake Ferrin
BYU Midfielder Jake Ferrin
The second half started with both teams trading possessions and getting good looks at the net. BYU was able to break through two minutes into the quarter and then a quick two goals with 5 minutes left in the half to take a 7-5 lead. UNLV tied the game on two man-up opportunities from BYU offsides and illegal body check penalties.
The fourth quarter was owned by BYU as the leaders on the team found their wits. Seniors Jared Houghton, Cory Gunderson, Pat Matheson and Andrew Harding took the team on their shoulders and carried the Cougars to their first win of the season.
“This was our first time outside since last fall,” said BYU Head Coach Matt Schneck. “I’m happy that we won but I’m not happy with how we played. From a coaching standpoint I don’t think we prepared the players for playing outside. We’ve been inside in warm weather since November so I think we could have gotten them ready for wet sticks, the cold and being under the lights.”
UNLV played well but ultimately fell short due to the lack of depth.
“I think we played a great game we just ran out of gas in the second half,” said UNLV Head Coach Darren Gagnon. “I have basically six midfielders and we were up on them at half and just ran out of gas.”
BYU heads to Boise, Idaho on Friday and will face Boise State that night and No. 18 Simon Fraser on Saturday.
UNLV will face Utah State on Friday in Logan and No. 17 Utah on Saturday in Salt Lake City.
Picture Courtesy of Victoria Harris – AllAmericanShots

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