Brigham Young Outguns Loyola Marymount

The BYU Lacrosse team, behind a solid team effort, defeated the Loyola Marymount Lions 16-10 on Friday at Leavey Field on the Loyola Marymount campus in Los Angeles, CA. 11 different players tallied a goal for the Cougars as they improved to 2-0 on the season.

As the rain moved in, the Cougars jumped out to a quick lead behind goals from Junior Corey Gunderson, Junior Captain Ted Ferrin, and Junior Captain Drew Shumway. The offense put points on the board, while the defense kept the Lions off of it. Behind a solid effort from Freshman goalie Wes Goar, the Cougars only allowed 1 goal in the first period. After late goals from Sophomore Pat Matheson and Sophmore Mickell Walker the Cougars ended the first period up 5-1.

"It's not a surprise that we wanted to get off to a fast start," said Assistant coach Jordan Harris. "On the road, in the rain, against a top 15 team there were some obstacles that we had to climb over, but the team responded tremendously and set the tempo right from the get go."

The Lions got a spark to start the second quarter as BYU was assessed an illegal stick penalty to start the quarter. Capitalizing on the Man Up opportunity, the Lions cut the lead to 3 early in the second quarter. Junior Captain Jared Houghton responded for the Cougars pushing the lead back to 4. The Lions answered right back with another goal before the Cougars pushed the lead to 5 behind another goal from Houghton as well as a goal from Senior Dan Cole to end the half up 8-3.

"We felt pretty good at halftime, but we emphasized that we had more we could do," said Senior Captain Tyler Monteath. "We felt that we could hit another level on offense, and we started to get there in the third quarter."

As the skys opened up with more rain, the Cougars followed suit, pouring in 7 goals in the third quarter, 2 coming from Monteath. 6 different Cougars found the back of the net in the third quarter, and the Cougars ended the quarter up 15-4.

With the game in hand some of the younger Cougars saw action for the first time in their careers. Freshman goalie Matt Brandenburg made his debut for the Cougars in the fourth , leading young group of Cougars in finishing the game. With only 1 goal in the fourth quarter the Cougars ended the game with a 16-10 win.

"It's never easy to shake off a long bus drive, especially for the freshman. I was happy with how the team responded to the challenge," said Head Coach Matt Schneck. "I was also excited that we were able to get the younger players in for the fourth quarter. The only way to learn is to play and I think they all learned an important lesson today. LMU has a great team and great coaches, they are going to be tough this season."

The Cougars continue their California road trip tomorrow with a game against #19 California at UCLA.


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