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No. 2 BYU Dismantles New Mexico, 26-0

BYU Midfielder Zach Labrum c/o Victoria Harris - AllAmericanShots
BYU Midfielder Zach Labrum c/o Victoria Harris – AllAmericanShots

The No. 2 BYU Cougars beat the New Mexico Lobos 26-0 on Saturday afternoon in Provo, posting their first shutout since 2009. The Lobos finished their three game road trip 0-3, losing to Utah on Thursday, Utah State on Friday and BYU on Saturday. The game was an conference game, putting BYU in first place with a 2-0 record in RMLC play.
The Cougars won the opening face-off, controlled the ball and settled into their set, leading to a goal by Jake Arbon at the 14:22 mark. Senior Midfielder Pat Matheson followed up with a goal giving the Cougars an early 2-0 lead. After back-to-back goals by Jake Ferrin within 4 minutes, the Lobos had a man-up opportunity but an errant pass gave the ball back to the Cougars. Attackmen Mike Fabrizio scored on a feed from LSM Grayson Dahl at the 4:32 mark giving the Cougars a 5-0 lead which would hold until the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Cougars continued to dominate, scoring on their first possession. Ferrin found Jayden Haws on the crease who quick sticked it in for the goal. Haws found the back of the net again 4 minutes later on an assist by Matheson, giving the Cougars a 7-0 lead. At the 5:35 mark, Ferrin found himself wide open on the crease, received the pass from midfielder McKay Mitchell and quick sticked it in for the goal. Fabrizio scored next on a great wrap around goal followed by another goal on the crease by Midfielder Barrett Johnson. Matheson finished the quarter with an individual effort, using his brute strength to overpower his defender, shooting right over the goalies shoulder for the goal, making the score at halftime 11-0.

BYU Midfielder Zach Labrum c/o Victoria Harris - AllAmericanShots
BYU Midfielder Zach Labrum c/o Victoria Harris – AllAmericanShots
Ferrin scored the first goal of the second half on an assist by Fabrizio. The Lobos had their best chance of the game when they worked the ball on their offensive side and caught the Cougars napping but the ball hit the top pipe and bounced back into play. Midfielder Chase Paulson scored at the 11:51 mark to extend the Cougar lead to 13-0. Midfielder Zach Jordan scored next followed by a goal by Ferrin. Johnson scored again at the 5:45 mark followed by Mickell Walker at the 5:10 mark. The Cougars slowed the ball down and worked their offensive sets, leading to Fabrizio adding another goal to his total on a great isolation move from the top left of the field followed by a Walker goal to end the third quarter.
The fourth quarter gave the entire Cougar squad a chance to get valuable reps. In goal, Freshman Goalie Sean Goar kept the shutout alive, registering one save. Freshman Attackmen John Wagstaff had a goal and an assist while fellow attackmen Brayden Schoonmaker had 2 goals. Capping off the scoring was LSM Grayson Dahl who took it to the cage past several defenders for his second goal of the year.
“We set very specific goals for games like this,” said BYU Head Coach Matt Schneck. “These last couple of games give us the chance to work on our sets and game plans and get our guys the ability to execute in game situations.”
BYU was led by Fabrizio who had 5 goals and 2 assists which will improve his 5.00 ppg average. The BYU face-off crew won 27 out of 30 face-offs.
“The player who stood out to us today was Barrett Johnson,” said Schneck. “He had surgery recently and has been making his way back into the lineup and today he did an outstanding job.”
New Mexico used three goalies, but Senior Eric Painter made spectacular saves, totaling 19 on the night. Sophomore Goalie Will Mead also had great saves, registering 11 total saves.
BYU will head to Arizona next weekend to take on Grand Canyon, No. 5 Arizona State and No. 21 Arizona.

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