March 25, 2013

BYU Takes Down Oregon in Berkeley

from press release

BERKELEY, Calif. - The No. 6 BYU Men's Lacrosse team (9-1) faced No. 8 Oregon (7-4) at a neutral site in California and beat them 10-5 on Monday afternoon.

The Cougars started the game off quickly with freshman Andrew Welling winning the opening face-off and senior Mickell Walker scoring on the first possession to give BYU a 1-0 lead.

The Cougars defense also started quickly recovering many groundballs. However, on Oregon's first shot attempt of the game they scored and tied the game at 1-1.

Following Oregon's goal, BYU's offense was on fire and made four consecutive goals. These goals were made by freshman Jake Arbon, Walker, sophomore Zach Jordan and sophomore Mike Fabrizio. At the end of the first quarter BYU had a 5-1 lead.

To start the second quarter Oregon got back-to-back goals and narrowed the lead to 5-3. Senior Robert Ostler was also recording several saves during the second.

Sophomore Mike Fabrizio scored the only goal for the Cougars during the second quarter. At halftime, the Cougars had a 6-3 lead.

BYU started the third quarter with a shot attempt from Walker, but it was Oregon who scored the first goal and made the score 6-4.

BYU scored its first goal of the third quarter when Ostler deflected an Oregon shot and Evan Clinger recovering the groundball for Mickell Walker to score a goal and widen BYU's lead to 7-4.

BYU went on a 3-0 run with back-to-back goals by Jordan and a goal by freshman Chase Paulson.

At the start of the fourth quarter BYU had a 10-4 lead. The fourth quarter was full of shot attempts from both teams but with solid defensive efforts from both teams, only one goal was scored throughout the entire quarter by Oregon to make the score 10-5.

Head Coach Matt Schneck was happy with the team's performance. "Playing on the road is never easy" said Schneck. "We are happy with how the team performed and didn't allow some adverse circumstances along the way to distract them on the field. Oregon has a great coach and team and we are happy to come out on top today. The next couple days are going to be equally difficult."

BYU will next face No. 8 California Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. PDT.

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