Jackets Swarm Red Hawks in Greenville
GREENVILLE, SC- The Georgia Tech Men’s Lacrosse team improved to 6-2 on the season with a 13-1 victory over Miami University (OH). The Yellow Jackets were paced by the 6 goal and 2 assist performance from freshman Mick Stapleton (Woodstock, GA/Woodstock). The game was the second win in as many games for the Jackets over teams that beat them last season.
The opening quarter of play was all Tech as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a man up opportunity when Jeff DeLong (Athens, GA/Philips Academy) fed Alex Roe (Atlanta, GA/South Forsyth) on the crease. Tech added to the lead with three more goals in the first quarter with goals from Michael Thomas (Atlanta, GA/Westminster), Philip Georgakakos (Atlanta, GA/Holy Innocents) and Stapleton’s first goal of the day. In the opening quarter of play it was clear Tech came out to play after missing a game the night before due to inclement weather versus Clemson. The defense was tough and were being physical all game long sliding effectively. Goalie Ryan Solan (Alpharetta, GA/Alpharetta) was solid in the cage recording a shut out in 54 minutes of play and making some great point blank saves. The second quarter saw more relentless pressure on the Miami defense as Tech dominated possession and allowed the Stapleton show to take over. Stapleton scored two goals in the quarter and assisted on one to Thomas. At the half Tech was leading 8-0. In the first half of play the past 3 games Tech has only allowed 5 goals; total.
The second half was more of the same. Tech’s defense continued it’s strong play behind defenders Joe Burton (Alpharetta, GA/Milton), Casey Fleming (Gainesville, GA/North Forsyth) Colin Granger (Tallahassee, FL/Leon) and Chris Tynan (Martinez, GA/Lakeside). The offense continued it’s strong play scoring over 10 goals in their third straight game. Stapleton added his fourth goal of the game only 45 seconds into the second half followed by a great fast break goal when Ryan Jarriel (Vienna,VA/McLean) scored on a feed from Granger. To finish of the scoring in the third quarter for the Jackets Granger netted his shot on an assist from Trey Gantt (Marietta, GA/Lassiter).
During the quarter Tech allowed their only goal when Solan served a penalty for a hit on a Miami player. The defense held strong but allowed a late goal in the penalty to make the score 11-1 after three quarters of play. The final stanza allowed Tech to clear the bench and get everyone some playing time. Stapleton did continue his hot streak though scoring the final two goals of the game.
The Jackets return home for a two game home stand versus South Florida and Buffalo next weekend, March 10 and 11.
GT Goals- Stapleton 6, Roe 2, Thomas 2, Granger, Jarriel, Georgakakos
GT Assists- Stapleton 2, Granger, Gantt, DeLong
GT Saves- Solan 9, Mahoney 1