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2016 Team Best in History!
National Final Four
16-1 Record, Undefeated Regular Season
Ranked 3rd in the Nation in Final Poll
Will Byars Junior Defense
Matthew Sommerfeldt Senior Goal
Brian Connelly Junior Attack
Holland Frost Junior Midfield
David Cyron Senior Midfield
USLacrosse Godekeraw Award for Top Scholar Athlete In MCLA!
Senior Chris O'Brien!
Tech Wins 2016 SELC Championship!
Advances to National Championship Tournament for Second Straight year with an Undefeated 14-0 Record
JACKETS COMPLETE HISTORIC 2ND CONSECTUTIVE UNDEFEATED REGULAR SEASON!
DEFEAT GEORGIA 19-8
Tech and Chapman University faced off late thursday in a long awaited showdown between two undefeated teams at the top of the rankings for the majority of the season. Chapman University, a west coast high powered offensive machine with a winning tradition and national visibility against the rising Yellow Jackets who dominated the east coast and a dominent defense and productive offense. Lacrosse at its best in a back and forth contest; Tech led at halftime 5-4, no team led by more than two goals the enire game until Chapman appeared to seal the game with a score giving them a three goal margin with only minutes left in the game. The determined Jackets were not done yet as they scored two goals in a furious comeback to close the margin to one but ran out of time as Chapman scored an open net "insurance" goal at the end winning 11-9. Chapman advanced to overwhelm Cal Poly and win the National Championship.
Jackets advanced to face number one Chapman in the Final Four by frustrating a high powered BYU Couger offense with great team defense, inspired play in the goal by senior Matt Sommerfeldt, and an opportunistic offense 7-5.
Tech scored early posting three goals in the first quarter and lead throughout until a late BYU run to bring the game to 6-5 was ended by a Holland Frost faceoff win, drive and feed to Chris O'Brien for a score in the last two minutes to seal the victory.
In a defensive struggle Tech holds off a potent Cal-Berkeley Offense in the 4th Quarter and adds an insurance goal to advance to the Elite 8 For the second straight year in the first round of the MCLA tournament.
Tech Wins SELC advances to National Tournament - Apr 24, 2016
The Jackets win the SELC Championship with three back to back convincing victories featuring devasting defense and relentless offense. Tech defeated to very determined teams; Liberty in the Semi Finals and Virginia Tech in the finals both harboring very strong desire to advance to the National Championship Tournament and a similiar game plan to control the game with deliberate offense and a tough defense.
Tech wore both teams down by denying any opportunties defensively until the offense broke free in the third quarters of both games to put the games out of reach.
Before a large crowd in town for the 45th Reunion and Kiehl Stands dedication Georgia Tech unleashed its potent offense and epic domination on faceoffs to throttle the undefeated and much improved Bulldogs 19-8 to win the SELC Southwest Division and complete the 2016 Regular season undefeated.
The Jackets Offensive Firepower and determined defense supported by Holland Frost and Andrew Yi in a dominating performance at faceoff were too much for Georgia to overcome as Tech won possession after possession to extend it winning streak over the Dawgs to four.
The Jackets raced out to a quick 3-0 lead after Senior Ben Mertz opened the scoring, one of three on the day for him. Midfielder Holland Frost (4g,2a) and Attackman Timmy Peterson (3g,4a) led all scoring as the offense did not slow down as they poured in 11 in thew first half to lead 11-5. The stingy Jacket defense did allow a season high in goals but faceoff domination and combined with offensive pressure kept Georgia in a constant hole from which they could not climb out.
Jackets Defeat Spartans - Mar 8, 2016
#2 Ranked Georgia Tech continued their hot start against top twenty competition facing #14 Michigan State Sunday afternoon with a 11-5 victory in the first East Coast Coaches Vs cancer game. Midfielder Holland Frost scored on isolations on each of the first two possesions to get Tech out of the gate fast! Senior midfielder Ben Mertz quickly added a third goal as the Jackets raced out to a 3-0 lead in just over two minutes of play. The well coached Spartans, playing in their first game of the season, regrouped and fought back. The quarter turned into a defensive struggle as neither team could break through. The second quarter was much the same until the waning minutes when junior attackman Brian Connolly and senior midfielder Danny Radke struck in quick succession with a goal apiece to give the Yellow Jackets what proved to be an insurmountable 5-1 halftime lead.
Georgia Tech started the second half with an extra man but were unable to extend the lead. The Tech defense lead by senior goalie Matt Sommerfield, junior Will Byars, senior David Cyron, junior Nic Mattarazzo and supported by strong defensive midfield play held the Spartans at bay for long stretches. Mertz then added his second goal of the day late in the quarter and freshman Tim Petersen got into the act as well as the Jackets finished the quarter strong leading 7-2.
In the fourth the two teams traded goals as freshman midfielder Kevin Chatlin, Junior sam Ford, and Senior Chris O'Brien all scorted as tech was able to maintain the margin of victory and close out the game with an 11-5 win.
Georgia Tech Holds off Hokies in Dramatic Showdown - Feb 27, 2016
The #4 Yellow Jackets took down #3 Virginia Tech Hokies in an intense contest before a large and spirited home crowd on a blistery night in Atlanta. It was the Jackets third straight ranked opponent on the 2016 slate. The last ime these teams met the Hokies beat the Jackets in the 2015 SELC Conference Championship game, but tonight was different. Freshman Tim Peterson, Needham MA, led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist as he is proving to be a growing presence on the field and the Tech defensive pressure from end to end was unrelenting.
The first half was a battle between two historically strong defenses familiar with their opponent's style. However, the Jackets would "crack the code" early with Senior Chris O'Brien, Manhattan Beach CA, eading the way with a big score. O'Brien's opening goal would start a three goal Jacket run in less than one minute. The Hokies would respond a minute later to make the game in favor of the Jackets 3 to 1. With under three minutes to play in the opening quarter bothteams would exchange goals and entering the second quarter Tech led 4 to 2. The secondquarter was a trest of wills as both stout defenses would live up to their reputation, up the pressure, and old off the opposing offenses to end the second quarter with the Jackets still leading 4 to 2.
In the second half, despite unforced turnovers, Georgia tech pushed the tempo to create more scoring opportunities as well as protecting the goal in their traditional fashion. With the noisy large crowd deeply involved, Tech would score first with Peterson hitting the goal to give the Jackets a three goal cushion. Virginia Tech was not going to go away easily and the Hokies rallied to score tow straight to cut the margin to 5 to 4 in favor of the Rambling Wreck.
Leading only 5 to 4 the Jackets were not going to be denied on this night. Increasing the pressure defensively and offensively Georgia Tech went on to score 4 additional goals in the half with Virginia Tech only able to score a single additional goal. The run was highlighted by Senior Ben Mertz, Loganville GA, ripping a top corner shot on a feed from O'Brien as the crowd exploded. The Jackets claimed victory on this night against a talented, well coached, and highly motivated opponent.
TECH WINS BIG OVER TWO TOP TWENTY OPPONENTS - Feb 22, 2016
Deploying stellar play in the goal, stifling defense, and opportunistic scoring in bunches from multiple players the Jackets overwhelmed talented Boston College and Liberty University this past weekend. It was a tale of two halves', against the eagles Tech scored a staggering 8 goals in the seconquarter to take a 13-1 halftime lead, against the Flames Tech exploded in the third quarter to break open a tight 2-1 game at halftime and end the quarter with a 9-2 lead. The Jackets face a very tough Virginia Tech this Friday night and top GRLC foe Indiana on Sunday.
Boston College was all about a Fast Start
The #6 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets opened their home slate against the #12 Boston College Eagles in front of a home crowd of over 500! The game marked the third consectutive year that the two teams had played with each team winning one meeting on the road by a single goal. This game would not reflect that as that as the Jackets dominated the Eagles 18-5. The Yellow Jackets were able to get out and run in transition early off of stops made by Senior All-American goalie Matt Sommerfeldt and a stingy defense. Freshman attackman Tim Peterson from Needham. MA scored two first quarter goals and Junior Defenseman Will Byars from Worthington, OH scored his second career goal in a spectacular end to end play starting with a strip, ground ball, coast to coast dash, and laser shot as the jackets raced out to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter.
Georgia Tech bombarded the eragles defense in the second quarter pouring in eight goals as the defense led by Byars, Sommerfeldt, Junior Nic Matarrazo from Springfield, NJ, Senior Danny Coughlin from Atlanta, GA, and a trio of Freshman; Brian Duffy from Andover, MA, Jack Topping from Glen Ridge, NJ, and Andrew Bernardi from Massapequa, NY repeatedly denied the Boston College offense. The half-time score was 13-1 in favor of georgia Tech! The eight goals scored matched the number of goals Tech scored in the thrilling overtime win over Boston College one year ago. And of the eight goals, six different Jackets scored.
Tech held a huge halftime lead but faced a man down situation to start the half and the defense responded by denying the Eagles a chance to close the gap once again, this set the tone that ther e would be no comeback. The talented Eagles would score first but Tech would score the next four goals to close out the quarter, scoring coming from different players on each goal giving Georgia Tech a 17-2 lead.
The fourth quarter was more even as the eagles scored three goals to Tech's one. Rookie Jared Gantt from Marietta, GA scored his second goal of the day to cap the scoring for Tech and get to the final score of 18-5. An early season dominating performance!
Jackets Explode in second half capitalizing on Liberty Mistakes
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets faced their second straight ranked opponent in #16 Liberty University and came away with their third straight win to open the season with a second half surge to win going away 15-7. The Jackest had teram scoring once again with seven different goal scorers on the afternoon. Rookie attackman Tim Peterson led the way with a hat trick for the day.
The opening half was a defensive battle between the two ranked teams. Tech opening the scoring when Junior Sam Ford raced in alone and ripped one past the Liberty goaltender. But Liberty would respond to tie it up. The Jackets would take some time to wake up their game, but it was not going to be until the mid-game break. At the half Tech led 2-1 after Junior Brian Connolly got his first goal of the game. The defense again was stout in the opening half with senior goalie Matt Sommerfeldt leading the way stuffing the high powered Liberty offense. The defensive unit as a whole was incredible all game holding a team that usually averages over ten goals a game to only two goals after three quarters of play.
The second half was awhole new game for the Jackets! Tech would open up the scoring in the third quarter by netting three goals in less than three minutes. Junior Holland frost scored two of the three goals. The defense continued to thwart the Flames offense and only allowed one goal to Liberty in the third quarter. Tech would then score another three goals in less than three minutes to close out the quarter with a decisive 9-2 edge. In the final stanza Tech would score quickly getting two goals from Peterson extending the lead to 11-2 and locking the game up for the Jackets. Both teams had some success in the final quarter finding the back of the cage but Tech did not allow Liberty to get any rhytem and kept the game out of reach.
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