No. 4 Brigham Young Moves to 2-0 with Win at Boise State

BOISE, Idaho Brigham Young's men's lacrosse team defeated the Boise State Broncos, 14-6, Friday on Boise State's Recreation Turf Field. The victory improved the Cougar's 2014 record to 2-0, while the Broncos start the year with two straight losses.

Despite rainy conditions Boise State put the pressure on BYU's defense early in the game. Bronco goals by attackmen Josh Davenport and Brian Scott carried BSU to a 2-3 lead after the first quarter.

"Boise State came out very fast. Early on we struggled to match their intensity," said BYU head coach Matt Schneck. "Once we started to pick up the speed of our game we were then able to change the direction of the momentum to be in our favor."

Faster movement by BYU in the second quarter marked a definite turning point in the action. With nine minutes remaining in the half, great play development allowed BYU attackman Christian Taylor to find junior midfielder Nick Stevens with an assist from behind BSU's net. Taylor and BYU co-captain Zach Taylor finished hard drives to the crease with unassisted points later in the quarter.

A scoop and score from in front of the Cougar's net by BSU's Davenport as the second quarter ended brought the Broncos back to within one goal of BYU at halftime.

BSU's offense started the second half with exciting movement, similar to the way they had started off the game. Consistent play by Cougar defenseman Jacob Folkerson and company helped BYU withstand the Bronco's speedy attack.

"We had a couple of mistakes, but we ended the game strong," said Folkerson, a sophomore from Bountiful, Utah. "We started to get more ground balls in the second half, we forced them to play more of our game, and we settled down into our team's style of lacrosse."

Four goals in the third quarter by three different BYU attackmen maintained the Cougar's advantage. BYU entered the fourth quarter ahead 9-6.

Ball control and tight defense allowed the Cougars to dominate the time of possession in the last 15 minutes. BYU sealed the game out with seven unanswered goals, bring the final score to 14-6.

BYU will face Canadian squad Simon Fraser next, on Saturday, February 15. BSU will also play Simon Fraser in their next game, on February 16, to finish off a weekend of MCLA action on Boise State's campus.

2014-02-15



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