Yellow Jackets Take Down 12th Ranked Seminoles
ATLANTA, GA- The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-2, 1-1) hosted the visiting Florida State Seminoles (5-4, 3-0) for the first time in 5 years on their home turf and came away with their first win in as many years topping the #12 ranked Seminoles 10-7 on Sunday. The Jackets were paced by first year player Trey Gantt (Marietta, GA/Lassiter) who scored three goals.
The Yellow Jackets have not had a regular season victory over the Seminoles in over 9 years, but have 2 post season victories in 2004 and 2007. In fact, FSU ended the Tech season last year with a 17-4 pasting in the first round of the SELC Tournament. The game started with a defensive battle but Tech was able to score the 1-0 lead when Jeff DeLong (Athen, GA/Phillips Academy) scored on a fast break on a feed from Collin Granger (Tallahassee, GA/Leon). FSU would tie the game up later in the first quarter but that would be all the scoring for that first 15 minutes of play. Tech’s defense was stout in the first half playing aggressive and smart in limiting the opportunities for the high scoring Seminole offense. In the second quarter the Tech offense doubled their total for the game scoring two goals from rookie Alex Roe (Atlanta, GA/South Forsyth) and Cory Borgel (York, ME/York). Tech entered half time leading 3-1. The defense held Florida State to its lowest half time out put in years allowing one goal. Goalie Ryan Solan (Alpharetta, GA/Alpharetta) recorded 7 saves in the first half and made some great athletic plays to gain possessions for the Jackets. The close defense of Philip Georgakakos (Atlanta, GA/Holy Innocents), Zach Ilisevich (Potomac, MD/Georgetown Prep), Casey Fleming (Gainesville, GA/North Forsyth) and Joe Burton (Alpharetta, GA/Milton) played a strong game in the first half and all day in keeping the potent attack of Florida State under control.
In the third quarter the game would take some twists and turns. Tech came out determined to end their losing streak to the Seminoles and scored the opening goal of the second half only 45 seconds in when Georgakakos scored unassisted to give Tech its first three goal lead at 4-1. But FSU would respond a minute later to make the game 4-2 Tech. After some aggressive play by both teams throughout the third quarter, Tech would once again take a three goal advantage when Roe scored his second goal on a feed from DeLong. It seemed Tech was rolling right along but the Seminole offense suddenly awoke. The Seminoles, the 2011 SELC Champions, played some inspired lacrosse to all of sudden shake the core of the game. FSU would close out the remaining five minutes of the quarter by scoring four straight goals to take a 6-5 lead. But, with olnly two seconds on the clock in the third quarter, freshman sensation Michael Thomas scored to tie the game at six goals a piece entering the final 15 minutes of play.
In the fourth FSU would take a quick 7-6 lead when they scored on a man up goal after a Georgia Tech penalty. The penalty seemed to spark the Jackets though. After the third quarter run by the Seminoles the Jackets needed something to jump start their spirit. The penalty by Ryan Foarde (Atlanta, GA/St. Pius) did just that. Tech allowed the one goal during the man down situation but then turned away the Seminole attack for the remainder of the two minute penalty. The effort by the defense ignited the rest of the team. In a spot in the game where FSU had dominated play for the previous 6 minutes Tech could have folded tent but the Jackets had no quit on this day.
The remainder of the fourth was all Georgia Tech. Great open field play by Thomas, Granger, Mick Stapleton (Woodstock, GA/Woodstock) and Gantt keyed the Jacket comeback. Gantt took an isolation dodge from the left wing and scored on a shot that snuck by the FSU goaltender to tie the game at seven goals each with seven minutes to play. Then, one minute later, Thomas scooped up a ball heading out of bounds and flipped it behind his back to a cutting Stapleton who pushed a fast break which was finished off by Gantt to give Tech a lead they would not relinquish. Gantt would score his third of the quarter, and the game, when Thomas found him open again a 90 seconds later and Gantt’s second straight goal would ice the game. Face off midfielders and brothers, Patrick Tynan and Chris Tynan (Martinez, GA/Lakeside) were crucial in the fourth quarter winning the final four face offs. Pat Tynan won the ensuing face off, after Gantt’s goal made it 9-7 Tech, and Thomas once again assisted when he drove the pressure defense of FSU and fed an open Ben Anzovino (Marietta, GA/Harrison) who buried the shot to give Tech the 10-7 advantage. Tech’s strong defense would close out the game and secure the victory for the Jackets.
Georgia Tech travels to Greenville, SC to play Clemson and Miami (OH) next weekend, March 2 and 3. The games will be played at the new Kroc Center in Greenville. It is a multi-purpose facility with sport turf. Friday night at 7pm Tech will face Clemson and then turn around play Miami on Saturday afternoon at 4pm.
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