#4 BYU Suffers First Loss of Year to #10 Boston College

PALM DESERT, CA The 1st Annual Lax Coaches vs. Cancer showcase premiered Thursday afternoon with undefeated Boston College (#10) handing Brigham Young (#4) the Cougars' first loss of 2014. The result marked the Eagles' first all-time win against BYU, all three meetings between the squads having been played on neutral fields. The teams had not met since 2008 until this season.

Boston College controlled possession of the ball early in the first quarter, but BYU attackman Mike Fabrizio found the back of the net to open the scoring with 3:26 remaining in the period. Sophomore Jayden Haws of Sandy, Utah provided the assist.

The flow of the second quarter mirrored that of the first. The Eagles' pressure during the period's opening minutes translated into a goal by BC senior Ross Fishman. Both teams settled into their six-on-six sets more often as the quarter progressed. Boston College's Robert Van Fossan rocketed a strong shot between two Cougar defenders with eight minutes left in the half to give the Eagles their first lead of the game, 1-2.

Resilient defense by BYU held Boston College back enough to allow two of the Cougar's Virginia natives, Nick Stevens and Alex Yost, to develop a strong slide toward BC's crease punctuated with a goal by Alex. Minutes later, BYU junior co-captain Zach Jordan whipped an unassisted shot into the upper-left corner of the Eagle's net, regaining the lead for his side.

BC roared out of a near-end of half timeout with a flurry of shots that contributed to ten first-half saves made by senior Brigham Young goalie Rob Ostler. After a few minutes senior attackman John Lambrecht advantageously slid his way by the front of the crease and managed to tie the game at three goals a piece going into halftime.

"He's our 'Big Boy'," Boston College Head Coach Kevin Orcutt said of Eagles' co-captain Lambrecht. "He didn't always look flashy, but he got set inside, worked hard, scored goals and opened up our offense. He is a momentum shifter for us." Lambrecht finished the game with four goals off of eight shots.

The game was defined by the momentum shifts of the third quarter. BYU launched out of the break to a 5-3 lead after just three and a half minutes. Two quick man-up opportunities for Boston College allowed Lambrecht to tie the game back up, thanks in part to great passing for the Eagles by senior midfielder Robert Van Fossan.

"I felt we did well individually," BYU's Mike Arntsen, a senior from Chandler, AZ observed about the Cougars' defense. "It was during our man-down situations that they were able to place passes we struggled to cover and that's how they gained the momentum that carried them through a large part of the second half."

Boston College converted their newfound confidence into three more third quarter goals, turning the game entirely in their favor, leading 5-8. A strong goal by BYU's Nick Stevens at the end of the period kept the Cougars within striking distance.

Again, Boston College came out and flowed energetically for the first five minutes of the quarter. Two shots hammered into the back of BYU's net, the first from middle distance by Lambrecht and the second off a drive from behind the cage by BC's sophomore attackman John Gosstola, emotionally sealed the game. A pair of points in the middle of the fourth by Cougars Jake Arbon and CJ Raia brought some rally cries from the sideline, but two more late scores by the Eagles on the Cougars' empty crease brought the first MCLA game of the weekend to a close. Final score: 8-12.

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