No. 20 Georgia Tech Wins on the Road at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, TN - The #20 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-1, 2-0) rolled into Nashville for their first road game of 2014 and ran away from Vanderbilt University (2-1, 1-1) by a score of 11-2 behind a three goal performance from sophomore midfielder Ben Mertz (Grayson, GA/Grayson).

Tech was able to control the game from the opening faceoff. Tech's junior attackman Trey Gantt (Marietta, GA/Lassiter) opened the scoring just two and a half minutes into the game on an isolation move. Mertz followed that opening tally with his first goal of the day on a feed from freshman Brian Connolly (Warwick, NY/Warwick Valley).

The Jackets extended their first quarter lead to three with an extra man goal after Vanderbilt put three players in the penalty box. Holland Frost (Marietta, GA/Pope) converted on a feed from junior Mick Stapleton (Woodstock, GA/Woodstock) on the ensuing man up opportunity for the Jackets.

In the second quarter sophomore Chris O'Brien (Manhattan Beach, CA/Mira Costa) scored his first goal of the day sneaking from behind on a feed from senior Colin Granger (Tallahassee, FL/Leon). Mertz and Connolly followed that up when they connected again to give the Jackets a 5-0 lead. Then Granger scored the final goal of the half after getting top side on wing dodge to give Tech the 6-0 lead.

Goalie Matt Sommerfeldt (Marietta, GA/Pope) and the defense lead by sophmores David Cyron (Lincoln, PA/Avon Grove) and Tuna Gregory (Marblehead, MA/Marblehead), along with freshman running mates, Will Byars (Columbus, OH/Thomas Worthington) and Nick Matarazzo (Springfield, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) pitched a first half shutout against the potent Vanderbilt offense.

The third quarter was a defensive struggle with Vanderbilt scoring the lone goal as they trailed the Jackets 6-1 to close out the uneventful third quarter of play. Tech then seized control of the game just 13 seconds into the fourth quarter when senior captain Chris Tynan (Martinez, GA/Lakeside) won the opening faceoff and was able to rip a shot into the corner while on the run. Tynan was strong at the faceoff all day winning 11 of 13 faceoffs taken.

Then minutes later in the final quarter of play Tynan assisted Stapleton on his first goal of the day to push the Tech lead to seven goals. Gantt scored his second goal of the day 90 seconds later on Connolly's third assist of the day. With Tech leading 9-2 Mertz scored his final goal of the day on an unassisted tally. O'Brien then capped off the scoring for the Jackets on a feed from Frost. The win moved the Jackets to 2-0 in the southwest region of the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference while Vanderbilt falls to 1-1.

The Jackets are back inaction against the Florida Gators on Friday February 21 at 8:00 pm at home.


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