No. 15 Colorado Knocks off Third-Ranked Brigham Young

BOULDER, Colo. The No. 15 University of Colorado Men's Lacrosse team (6-5, 1-0) defeated No. 3 BYU (11-2, 1-1) Thursday night in Boulder, Colo., with a score of 11-9.

CU scored the first goal of the game, and BYU quickly answered with a goal of its own. CU then went on a 3-0 run to end the first quarter.

BYU responded during the second quarter with its own 3-0 run to tie the game at four. With more than four minutes remaining in the first half, both teams' defenses held strong and neither team was able to score again before the half.

BYU opened the second half by scoring two quick goals to take the lead. The third quarter saw multiple extra man opportunities on both sides, ending the quarter with CU up 9-7.

The fourth quarter continued along the same pace, with BYU scoring twice to tie the game at nine, but not managing to score again for the remainder of the game. CU scored the final two goals, winning their first conference game of the season with a score of 11-9.

DU Assistant Coach Ben Weis said the tough game was what they had anticipated when preparing to play BYU.

"We knew it was going to be battle until the end," Weis said. "It was a hard-fought game; we played a great team game, there are some things in between the lines we could clean up, but overall I thought the guys came and played really hard tonight."

BYU Head Coach Matt Schneck said BYU had also anticipated that CU would be a difficult game.

"When you look at the final score, there weren't a lot of goals scored tonight," Schneck said. "Colorado was excited to be out on the field, they were playing hard and fast, and I don't think we matched their intensity. We had a difficult time with passing and catching, just basic things, so we'll hope to correct that before the next game."

BYU will face No. 2 Colorado State University, another conference rival, Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

2012-04-07



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