ATLANTA, GA- For the fourth straight year, the regular season state title belongs to the Yellow jackets. Georgia Tech rolled to an easy 19-8 victory over in-state rival Georgia before a large and enthusiastic crowd.
It was the Bulldogs first loss of season. The win also locked up the Southwest title for the Rambling Wreck, earning them a top seed in the upcoming Southeastern Lacrosse Conference tournament.
There is an old adage that "possession is 9/10th of the law". That can also apply to the game of lacrosse as Tech controlled the faceoff in dominating fashion. Holland Frost and Andrew Yi combined to win 22-of-23 draws. The constant possessions allowed Tech to control the game early on and unleash its potent offense, led Frost (4g, 2a) and attackman Timmy Peterson (3g, 4a).
The Jackets raced out to a quick 3-0 lead when senior Ben Mertz scored the opening goal, one of three on the day for him. The offense for Tech did not slow down as they poured in 11 in the opening half of play to lead 11-5.
The stingy Jacket defense did allow a season high in goals to the improved 'Dogs team, but domination at faceoff and intense offensive pressure kept Georgia in a constant hole from which they could not climb out.
The second half saw the defense as a unit pick up their game and only allow one settled goal, while the offense in the second half continued their stellar play by scoring three goals in the third quarter. They added five in the final stanza to make the game a runaway contest.