Houghton Twins Transfer from Denver to Brigham Young

Provo, UT (August 3, 2009) Jared and Jacob Houghton, both members of the 2007 NCAA Division 1 men's lacrosse team and on athletic/academic scholarships at Denver University announced they will be transferring to BYU and will join the men's lacrosse team for the 2009-2010 season. The twin brothers recently returned from two-year LDS church missions to Argentina.

Both Jared and Jacob were presented with a scholarship opportunity to return to DU for the 2010 season, but the brothers ultimately decided that their academic and lacrosse careers would take a new direction at Brigham Young University.

Jared Houghton, a 6'3, 215 lb. midfielder who prior to playing at DU was at Rocky Mountain H.S. (Fort Collins Unified) in Windsor, CO where he was a three-sport athlete excelling in football, basketball and lacrosse. In lacrosse Houghton was named to the all-conference second team and was named academic all-state. In football he has been an all-conference honorable mention selection twice and was named academic all-state. In basketball he was named to the all-conference first team and was an honorable mention academic all-state selection. Jared saw significant playing time during DU's 2007 season and scored the final goal in DU's win over Penn State on February 17, 2007, 10-5. He also tallied 11 ground balls on the 2007 season.

"I'm excited to come to BYU and to be able to play lacrosse for a great program and a great team." said Jared Houghton, "I'm looking forward to having this great opportunity to come to this great institution and play lacrosse."

Jacob Houghton, a 6'3, 215 lb. midfielder, was also a three-sport athlete, competing in football, basketball and lacrosse. In lacrosse he was named first-team all-state and all-conference first team. In football Houghton earned academic all-state honors. In basketball he earned honorable mention academic all-state honors. Jacob played in all 16 regular season games for DU during the 2007 season and covered 18 ground balls and recorded 2 assists as a defensive specialist.

"It's going to be a great opportunity to play for a great program at BYU." said Jacob Houghton, "I am excited to be a part of this great team and help bring national championships to BYU. It will be a great experience for the both of us and we are excited to be here together."

"Jared and Jacob are outstanding young men and lacrosse players. We are excited that they will be joining our program this fall" said BYU head coach Matt Schneck. "It is indicative of the fact that men's lacrosse at BYU is headed in the right direction and will continue to attract outstanding student-athletes."

Early reports show that as many as 75+ student-athletes are expected to try out for the team the first week of school, which begins August 31st.

2009-08-03



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