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Spectator Seating For Lacrosse; Roe Stamps Field
Donate Now to honor Inspirational Leader Alex Kiehl
Projected opening 2016
After six months of construction, the Roe Stamps Field was reopened in January 2014 following an initial phase of renovation. In addition to installing a new artificial surface and advanced lighting, the Field now boasts one of the largest storm water retention systems on campus, allowing ground water to be syphoned off and reused, a $4 million project in total.
The second phase of renovations will address two key remaining elements: the spectator experience and the need for equipment and team storage. The seating concept is intended to be modular and expandable for future growth. It faces the Lacrosse field but will be available for other non-lacrosse uses as well.
Phase II will consist of a freestanding, painted concrete masonry storage facility with a prefabricated aluminum seating above. A dedicated surface for videography will be engineered into the stands to accommodate broadcast live streaming of events without vibration. The bleacher seating will have an exterior lift (elevator) to be ADA compliant. The storage facility below will house four secure units with roll-up doors, which will be available for multiple sports club usage in addition to Lacrosse, each unit will have lighting and a sprinkler system and can be subdivided into 4 secure areas.
The institute has agreed to fund half the cost of the project and can begin construction as soon as the remaining funds are raised. Planned opening is for the 2016 season. Men's Lacrosse has taken the lead on this project and upon success will name the new facility to honor former team member Alex Kiehl.
To expedite online donations, we are utilizing an existing link to the Parents Fund at Georgia Tech. Please follow this link to make a gift:
1. At the bottom of the first page is a “Comment or special Instruction” field. Please type “Roe Stamps Bleacher Project” here to insure your gift is designated properly.
2. On the next page, you will have the opportunity to indicate if you want your gift to be made in memory of Alex Kiehl.
After you submit your gift online, you will receive a standard email reply thanking you for your gift to the Parents Fund. Do not worry, as long as you have indicated the gift is for the Roe Stamps Bleacher project in the comment section, the designation will be processed properly.
Questions can be directed to Joan Roeber-Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-3385-0527
Strong Tech Finish Topples #23 FSU - Mar 7, 2015
The #17 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets improved to 8-0 on the season with a determined 11-8 victory over the #23 Florida State Seminoles on a chilly Friday night before a large and noisy crowd. In fact, you could say it was FROSTY as sophomore midfielder Holland Frost dominated the face offs and also chipped in three goals to pace the Jackets. It was a key matchup against undefeated SELC opponents, the Seminoles having not lost a regular season game in two seasons. It was a game the Yellowjackets never trailed after yielding the first goal but needed to hold off the spirited and talented Seminoles time and again.
In the opening quarter Tech dominated possession time but could not find the back of the net. The ‘Noles would score on their second possession with some solid pressure on the Tech clearing game. The transition goal gave FSU the early 1-0 lead. But late in the first quarter Tech would go on a three goal run over a three minute span led by Holland Frost’s first goal of the night followed quickly by Ben Mertz and #7 Dan Radke. At the end of the opening quarter Tech held a 3-1 lead. The defense continued its growing tradition to play stout limiting FSU early after the first goal while the offense was also taking advantage of the solid defense and to poured on the goals.
Just two minutes into the second quarter Tech extended their lead to three goals when Mick Stapleton scored. Just a couple of minutes later Adrain Franzone would score his first goal of the night as Tech lead 5-1. The Seminoles would respond but Tech quickly answered when Franzone scored his second of the night to give Tech a 6-2 lead. The defense was playing well frustrating the FSU offense. But with three minutes to play the Noles offense got some rhythm, scoring two straight goals to head into the half trailing only 6-4.
In the final quarter of play Brian Connolly led the charge when he scored on a feed from Franzone. But the Seminoles would not go away. They would score less than a minute later to keep the game at 8-6 in favor of the Jackets. Minutes later FSU would get within one goal once again. The Jackets would regain some composure when Frost took over. He would scorch the FSU defense to get his second goal of the night. Leading 9-7 with only seven minutes to play it seemed to be in Tech’s hands. But FSU would not go away. They would make it a one goal game once again when they ripped a shot from 10 yards out to trail 9-8.
With only five minutes to play Tech seized control of the game as Frost won three straight late faceoffs to give Tech much needed possession time. Then Frost decided to end it all as he sprinted through the FSU defense to get his third goal of the game and essentially close out the game with four minutes to play. Stapleton would notch his second goal of the game with 90 seconds to play as he picked off an errant clearing pass from the Seminoles and finished a beautiful 2 on 1 with Chris OBrien to seal the deal and secure Tech’s eighth win in a row.
Jackets Improve to 6-0 with Two Knockout Wins! - Feb 23, 2015
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets continued their early season success over the weekend with two more dominating defensive efforts in beating two SELC opponents in Auburn and Florida by a combined score of 28-6. Of the six goals allowed five of them came in the fourth quarters of each game as the game was out of reach. The Jackets led both Auburn 11-1 and Florida 12-0 by gthe end of the third quartetr. The offense was equally impressive as it registered it’s sixth straight game scoring in double digits.
On Saturday Tech traveled to Etowah High School to play SELC regional foe Auburn University. It was all Tech early as they jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead behind goals from Adrian Franzone and Sam Ford. Tech would add two more goals in the second quarter with Mick Stapleton and Brian Connolly notching a goal each. The defense was strong but did allow a lone goal to the Tigers to lead 4-1 at the half. The second half seemed to a complete opposite in offense production and inspired play. The Jackets wasted no time in putting the game away wen they scored seven goals in the quarter while allowing zero. The win secured the Jackets at least a share of the Southwest Region of the SELC. Their 4-0 record in the division leads the way with only one game remaining to qualify for the playoffs against in state rival Georgia on April 11.
The Jackets had short rest as they returned home for a match up with the University of Florida on Sunday. There was no hangover as the Jackets faced their second opponent in less that 24 hours. On their first possession Ben Mertz slipped a high bouncer past the Gator goalie to give Tech a lead that would never be threatened. The Jackets would score four more in the quarter as Holland Frost, Danny Radke, Adrian Franzone and Brian Connolly each netted a goal for the Jackets as they raced to a quick 5-0 lead. The rest of the half did not prove any better for the visitors. The defense was once again solid in a total team effort limiting all Florida scoring chances. The Jackets would score four more goals in the second quarter to lead the half 9-0. The second half proved to be much of the same. Stifling defense and solid offense. The Jackets would go on to win the contest 15-3 in dominating fashion.
Tech’s Defense Dominates in Weekend Series - Feb 15, 2015
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets improved to 4-0 on the season after a two set weekend of games highlighted with an overall amazing defensive effort. In the two games Tech outscored their opponent, Vanderbilt and Central Florida, by a combined 27-2. Yes, two goals over the two games. Junior goalie Matt Sommerfeldt played spectacularly in both games and was assisted by great interior defense led by Juniors Danny Coughlin, David Cyron and sophomores Nick Matarazzo and Will Byars. Sophomore Chris Bush and Junior Bryan Vakiner led the long stick midfield, which limited all scoring chances for the opponents this weekend.
On a chilly Friday night Tech welcomed Vanderbilt to town. The Commodores are a regional foe of the Jackets in the SELC. Tech was looking to improve to 3-0 in the SELC as they faced their academic rival on the field. But the game was never in doubt. Tech raced out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first quarter and then extended that lead to ten goals at halftime after an eight-goal explosion in the second quarter. The offense was generated by the great face off play by sophomore Holland Frost who won 10 of 12 face offs. The offense responded by seven different players scoring points on the day. Junior Chris O’Brien led the way with four goals and an assist. Adding three goals each were Senior Mick Stapleton, Junior Ben Mertz and Sophomore Brian Connolly.
On Sunday, Tech faced the Knights of Central Florida, who also dispatched Vanderbilt on Saturday at Tech. Early on it was all Tech as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Connolly and Frost. The offense seemed to sputter a bit but the defense was still clicking. The Knights did not challenge the Tech defense during the entire first quarter. They did crack the scoreboard in the second when they scored on an extra man opportunity. In fact, the only two goals Tech allowed this weekend were both on man down situations.
At the half Tech only led the game 3-1. But the Jackets were not to be derailed. In the opening three minutes of the second half Tech poured in three straight goals to blow the game open. Tech’s defense was not about to fold or even surrender the lead and the offense began to methodically dominate. The Jackets got scoring from the Connolly and Frost combo once again in the third quarter to help Tech pull away. In cruise control the Jackets controlled the ball and rolled to their fourth straight win to deflate the Knights.
Fund Raising to construct spectator seating on Roe Stamps Field at Georgia Tech to honor former Lacrosse player Alex Kiehl underway! The facility is planned to be available for 2016 season with 88% of fundraising completed as of January 28, 2015. Funding needs to be complete before June 1, 2015.
The effort is being driven by Georgia Tech Lacrosse Alumni and Parents following a recently completed $4 million reconstruction of the Roe Stamps Facility to include new playing surface, lighting and an extensive water management system.
The second phase of renovations will address two key remaining elements: the spectator experience and the need for equipment storage. The seating concept is intended to be expandable for future growth. It faces the Lacrosse field but will be available for other non-lacrosse uses as well.
For more than twenty years the lacrosse team has given an award in Alex’s name to an outstanding freshman player who exhibited Alex’s love of lacrosse, his love for his teammates, and unselfish team play.
Georgia Tech Lacrosse alumni also fund a scholarship in Alex’s name of which there have been over twenty-five recipients.Now the Georgia Tech Lacrosse Alumni Affinity Group, team parents, and the greater lacrosse community desire to make a contribution to permanently commemorate Alex and his ideals.
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