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2014 HIGHLIGHT VIDEO - Jul 1, 2014
2014 POST SEASON INDIVIDUAL HONORS - Jun 24, 2014
Georgia Tech Team Awards:
Offensive Player of the Year; Chris O'Brien (So); Defensive Player of the Year; David Cyron (So)
Team MVP; Matt Sommerfeldt (R-SO)
Coach's Award; Sam Rubin (Fr); Hustle Award; Chris Bush (Fr); TEAM Award; Nick Matarazzo (Fr)
Alex Kiehl Freshman of the Year; Will Byars and Brian Connolly
1st Team; David Cyron (D) and Matt Sommerfeldt (G)
2nd Team; Chris Tynan (SSDM)
Honorable Mention; Will Byars (D), Trey Gantt (A), Chris O'Brien (A)
Honorable Mention; Matt Sommerfeldt (G)
2014 SELC Champion Hokies Edge Jackets in Quarterfinal - Apr 27, 2014
CUMMING, GA- The 2014 season came to an end on Friday night as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets dropped a 9-7 decision to the eventual SELC Champion Virginia Tech Hokies. The game started fast for the Jackets as they possessed early and peppered the VT goal. None of the shots could find the back of the net which proved key in the opening minutes of the game. The Hokies would settle in offensively and find some gaps in the normally tough Jacket defense. VT would go on to score four first quarter goals. Stunned and dazed the Jackets were able to regroup at the start of the second quarter and score two goals in the opening two minutes to cut the deficit down to two. Freshman midfielder Holland Frost (Marietta, GA/Pope) would score immediately to start the second quarter on an ankle breaking move. Then one minute later Sophomore Chris O'Brien (Manhattan Beach, CA/Mira Costa) would get a feed from Sophomore Long Stick Defenseman Bryan Vakiner (Palm Harbor, FL/East Lake) and bury one past the Hokie goaltender. The Tech defense would adjust as well and shut out the Hokies in the second quarter to head into the half with VT leading 4-2.
In the opening minutes of the second half the Jackets would see an early scoring opportunity slip away from the aggressive play of the Hokies. The return possession for the Hokies resulted in their fifth goal giving them a three goal lead once again. After some back and forth play the Jackets would strike again when Junior Scott Schroer (Atlanta, GA/Wesleyan) would rip a shot on a feed from Senior Trey Gantt (Marietta, GA/Lassiter) to make it a two goal game. As each team seemed to settle in on both ends of the field the Jackets would face the challenge of rectifying the early deficit. The Hokies would make it a tough climb though. After cutting the lead to two goals the Jackets would get another one from Senior midfielder Colin Granger (Tallahassee, FL/Leon) to make the game 5-4 in favor of the Hokies. But the Hokies would respond to the Tech run by scoring two straight goals to lead 7-4. Then Sophomore Ben Mertz (Grayson, GA/Grayson) would get the final goal of the quarter to keep the Jackets within striking distance trailing 7-5 as the fourth quarter play began.
With some momentum on their side the Jackets hoped to make a final quarter run. But a pivotal stretch of three minutes saw the Hokies earn some questionable man up opportunities. This advantage would help them extend their lead to 9-5. But Tech still had life. The Jackets would challenge once again and score with five minutes to play to trail 9-6 when Mertz scored his second of the day. The with three minutes to play OBrien would slip a shot passed the Hokies to close within two again. But the stingy VT defense held off the remaining charges by the Jackets to preserve the win.
The Jackets finished the season with a record 11-4. Virginia Tech went on to defeat Florida and Liberty to claim the SELC Championship. At the national tournament they defeated BYU and lost an incredible 6 OT game to UC Santa Barbara to miss going to the final four! Nice job representing the SELC Hokies!
Thanks to everyone for their support this season. We are excited for the future of GT Lacrosse and ready to hit the field again this fall. We wanted to thank all of the alumni captains this year and our WONDERFUL parents club for their support and dedication- thanks to Pam Roe, Paula Mertz and Trish Coughlin for everything they did
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