BYU Lacrosse Defeats Oregon to Advance to Semi-Finals
GREENVILLE, South Carolina—The no. 4 seeded BYU men’s lacrosse team defeated the No. 12 Oregon Ducks to advance to the MCLA National Tournament semi-finals Tuesday.
The game got off to a fast-paced start with three goals being scored within the first five minutes. The first goal of the game was an unassisted goal by BYU senior Pat Matheson, and senior Jake Ferrin followed that up by scoring BYU’s second goal of the game. Oregon quickly answered to make the score 2-1 with 10:04 on the clock in the first quarter.
The first quarter continued with a goal by Oregon to tie the game at 2-2. BYU answered thirty seconds later with another goal by Ferrin, assisted by sophomore Mike Fabrizio. Oregon proceeded to go on a 3-0 run to give them a 5-3 lead.
Ferrin scored the last goal of the first quarter with 38 seconds remaining to narrow Oregon’s lead to 5-4 at the end of the first.
The second quarter started with a strong effort from both BYU’s defense and offense. BYU went on a 3-0 run to give them a 7-5 lead with 10:47 remaining in the half. Matheson scored two of the goals with Ferrin scoring one.
Oregon answered with a quick goal to narrow BYU’s lead to only one goal. BYU quickly regained their two goal lead with a goal scored by Fabrizio, assisted by Ferrin making the score 8-6 with 9:53 in the second. BYU continued to get shot attempts and the next successful goal was by senior Dustin Drees.
Senior Rob Ostler recorded three saves during the second quarter but allowed another Oregon goal making the score 9-7. Matheson scored his fourth goal of the game with 4:09 in the second to make the score 10-7.
The goal was followed by a great defensive effort including two big checks from senior Grayson Dahl. Ostler was also kept the net clean with several more saves.
Oregon scored one more goal in the second quarter. BYU also recorded a goal scored by sophomore Jayden Haws, assisted by Fabrizio with 1:35 remaining. The Cougars led 11-8 at halftime.
The first goal of the third quarter was made by BYU’s Fabrizio to give BYU a 12-8 lead. Oregon was proving to be a tough challenge for the Cougars and not go without a fight. BYU’s defense put up a battle but the Ducks made two goals in a row to narrow the Cougars lead to 12-10 with six minutes in the third.
Ostler continued to have big saves in the third quarter to help BYU maintain its lead. Fabrizio scored another goal, assisted by Dahl, to give BYU a 13-10 lead with 4:39 in the quarter, which they maintained at the end of third.
BYU won the face-off to begin the fourth quarter which led by a goal by senior Mickell Walker, widening BYU’s lead to 4 points. Oregon scored within a minute followed by a BYU goal by Fabrizio less than a minute later. BYU led 15-11 with 12 minutes remaining.
Walker scored another goal with 7:09 in the game to give BYU a five point lead. Oregon scored narrowing the lead but BYU’s sophomore Jake Arbon was assisted by Walker to give BYU a 17-12 lead with 5:18 remaining.
Before the game ended, Oregon scored two more goals to give BYU the 17-14 victory.
Ferrin, who recorded 4 goals in the game, said that despite the team not performing their best at some points, there were players who made the difference for the Cougars.
“There were times that we were flat,” Ferrin said. “The seniors stepped it up and so did the defense. Pat Matheson, Grayson Dahl and Mike Fabrizio were the keys for us.”
BYU will next face the Colorado State Rams for the third consecutive year in the semifinals. The game will be Thursday at 5:00 EDT at Sirrine Stadium in Greenville.
The Brigham Young University Men’s Lacrosse Team is a proud member of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The Cougars have won four MCLA National Championship Titles – 1997, 2000, 2007 and 2011, and have been honored with more than 100 All-Americans who have proudly worn the Y. For more information, please visit www.byulacrosse.com and follow at www.twitter.com/byulacrosse.