No. 20 Georgia Tech Doubles Up North Carolina State

ATLANTA, GA - The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets finished off a perfect weekend with a 10-5 victory over the visiting North Carolina State Wolfpack on Sunday. The Jackets exacted revenge after losing on the Wolfpack's home field last year behind a trio of two goal scorers; sophomore Chris O'Brien (Manhattan Beach, CA/Mira Costa) and a pair of freshman in Sam Ford (Geneva, IL/Marion Academy) and Brian Connolly (Warwick, NY/Warwick Valley).

The game started with NC State getting on the board first when Nathan Poulos (Wilmington, NC/John T Hoggard) took a left handed shot to the back pipe past Tech's Matt Sommerfedlt (Marietta, GA/Pope) to lead early. But that was the loudest roar from the Wolfpack offense for a large majority of the game. Two minutes after the NC State leading goal O'Brien would score on a low shot to tie the game at one goal each.

Then 90 seconds later Conolly would score his first to give the Jackets a lead they would never relinquish. With five minutes left in the quarter defenseman Oliver Gregory (Marblehead, MA/Marblehead) would take a ball coast to coast and score past Wolfpack goalie Nicholas Marcellino (Edgewater, MD/South River).

To close out the quarter freshman Holland Frost (Marietta, GA/Pope) would score on an isolation wing dodge with seven seconds remaining in the quarter to give Tech the 4-1 lead. The second quarter would open with Trey Gantt (Marietta, GA/Lassiter) feeding Connolly on the door step. With a 5-1 lead Tech would surrender a goal to NC State's Weston Sadovy (Raleigh, NC/Wakefield).

After some back and forth play Tech finished the quarter strong with two goals in a two minute span. First, Colin Granger (Tallahassee, FL/Leon) would score on a bounce shot on a feed from Connolly. Then to close out the half Mick Stapleton (Woodstock, GA/Woodstock) got past Marcellino on a feed from OBrien to give Tech the 7-2 advantage.

The second half would begin with a defensive third quarter. Neither team would score a goal. Tech's defense was led by sophomore defenseman David Cyron (Lincoln University, PA/Union Grove) as he shut out the Wolfpack's leading scorer from scoring.

As the game entered the fourth quarter, the Wolfpack showed early life when Poulos scored his second of the day to make it a four goal game. But tech would score three straight to put the game away. OBrien would score for the Jackets soon after NC State's third goal and then Ford would score back to back within a minute of each other to lock up the victory for Tech.


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