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Huskies Hold Off the Jackets - Feb 25, 2014
On Sunday the Jackets faced another team from New England in Northeastern University. The Huskies were coming off two convincing wins versus Clemson and Florida and looked to make it a clean sweep of the SELC. The Jackets were looking for revenge after a tough 9-8 loss to Boston College in the opening game of the season.
The Jackets would rally after a poor start but their bid for the upset came up short as Northeastern escaped with the 6-4 win and drop the Jackets to 4-2 on the season. In the opening quarter of play it was all Northeastern early. The Huskies scored on their first possession and took control. Tech would would be very sloppy in the opening quarter turning the ball over five times before ever getting a shot off. But after one quarter of play the Jackets were only trailing the Huskies 1-0 thanks to the lock down we have become familiar with. In the second quarter Tech would even the game at one goal each when Brian Connolly (Warwick, NY/Warwick Valley) came off a pick and scored on a feed from Chris OBrien (Manhattan Beach, CA/Mira Costa). But the Huskies, led by 5 scoring seniors wasted little time in reclaiming the lead. Within two minutes of the tying score Tech was down by three in a blink of an eye thanks to continued turnovers by the offense and clearing teams. The experienced and talented Huskie offense would devour the extra opportunities early. Ben Mertz (Grayson, GA/Grayson) would close the game to 4-2 on a nice isolation dodge but the Huskies, like they did earlier, would respond quickly and take a 5-2 halftime lead.
The third quarter saw a renewed vigor on the Jacket sidelines. They controlled the entire quarter and were able to get off some quality shots. The solid Northeastern goaltender was up to the task though. It wasn't until the five minute mark when Tech would finally get one past him when Trey Gantt (Marietta, GA/Lassiter) picked up a loose ball on the crease and buried it home to make it 5-3 Huskies. The Tech defense was inspired by the solid offensive play and continued to shut out Northeastern for the entire third quarter.
As the fourth began Tech was showing life but so was the Northeastern defense. Tech would continue it's pressure on the Huskies and would again break through after a long period of stout defense on both ends. With only thirty seconds remaining in the game Colin Granger (Tallahassee, FL/Leon) ripped a scorcher past the Huskie goaltender. Down by one Tech called a time out to try and tie the game up. But the Northeastern players were up to the challenge. They successfully jumped the whistle on the ensuing faceoff, gained possession and tossed in an empty net goal to seal the victory for the Huskies.
Tech Tops the Gators - Feb 25, 2014
On Friday night under the lights of Roe Stamps Fields, the Yellow Jackets came back from an early deficit to defeat the Florida Gators by a score of 8-4. In front of a great home crowd of over 300 and the GT Band playing throughout the night, the Jackets were paced by stingy defense, an aggressive riding game and relentless pursuit of ground balls. The offense was slow to get going but in the end locked up the victory for the Jackets.
In the opening quarter Florida struck early when they scored on a right side rip past goalie Matt Sommerfeldt (Marietta, GA, Pope). But a minute later Tech squared the game at one when Colin Granger (Tallahassee, FL/Leon) put one past the Gator goalie on a feed from Brian Connolly (Warwick, NY/Warwick Valley). But only a minute later Florida would regain the lead. As the defense got it's footing and the offense slowly began to come alive. In the second quarter trailing 2-1, the Jackets ran off three straight goals. Starting the run was Chris OBrien (Manhattan Beach, CA/Mira Costa) at the 9:46 mark remaining in the half to tie up the game at two goals a piece. Then Tech would get a lead they would never surrender when Holland Frost (Marietta, GA/Pope) scored on a isolation dodge from the right side. One minute later sophomore Danny Radke (Chesterfield, MO/Desmet Jesuit) got his first goal of the season on a wonderful outside bounce shot. Florida would respond on a man up opportunity late in the first half but Tech would answer when Mick Stapleton (Woodstock, GA/Woodstock) ripped a low shot past the Gator goaltender to give Tech the 5-3 halftime lead.
With their backs against the wall the young Jackets responded. With 6:38 remaining in the game and clinging to a one goal lead Tech's Frost would race past the Gator defense and notch his second goal of the game. Then a minute later Radke would score his second on the day to extend Tech's lead to three goals. The Tech defense would shut out the Gators the rest of the way and Trey Gantt (Marietta, GA/Lassiter) would close out the scoring on a feed from Ben Mertz (Grayson, GA/Grayson). Tech improved to 4-1 on the season and undefeated in the SELC.
Tech Sinks Commodores - Feb 16, 2014
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.
Tech Doubles Up Wolfpack - Feb 9, 2014
ATLANTA, GA- The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets finished off a perfect weekend with a 10-5 victory over the visiting NC State Wolfpack on Sunday. The Jackets exacted revenge after losing on the Wolfpack’s home field last year behind a trio of two 2 goal scorers; sophomore Chris O’Brien (Manhattan Beach, CA/Mira Costa) and a pair of freshman in Sam Ford (Geneva, IL/Marmion Academy) and Brian Connolly (Warwick, NY/Warwick Valley).
The game started with NC State getting on the board first when Nathan Poulos (Wilmington, NC/John T Hoggard) took a left handed shot to the back pipe past Tech’s Matt Sommerfedlt (Marietta, GA/Pope) to lead early. But that was the loudest roar from the Wolfpack offense for a large majority of the game. Two minutes after the NC State leading goal OBrien would score on a low shot to tie the game at one goal each. Then 90 seconds later Conolly would score his first to give the Jackets a lead they would never relinquish. With five minutes left in the quarter defenseman Oliver Gregory (Marblehead, MA/Marblehead) would take a ball coast to coast and score past Wolfpack goalie Nicholas Marcellino (Edgewater, MD/South River). And to close out the quarter freshman Holland Frost (Marietta, GA/Pope) would score on an isolation wing dodge with seven seconds remaining in the quarter to give Tech the 4-1 lead.
The second quarter would open with Trey Gantt (Marietta, GA/Lassiter) feeding Connolly on the door step. With a 5-1 lead Tech would surrender a goal to NC State’s Weston Sadovy (Raleigh, NC/Wakefield). After some back and forth play Tech finished the quarter strong with two goals in a two minute span. First, Colin Granger (Tallahassee, FL/Leon) would score on a bounce shot on a feed from Connolly. Then to close out the half Mick Stapleton (Woodstock, GA/Woodstock) got past Marcellino on a feed from OBrien to give Tech the 7-2 advantage.
The second half would begin with an all defensive third quarter. Neither team would score a goal. Tech’s defense was led by sophomore defenseman David Cyron (Lincoln University, PA/Union Grove) as he shut out the Wolfpack’s leading scorer from scoring. In the early fourth quarter he Wolfpack showed early life when Poulos scored his second of the day to make it a four goal game. But the Jackets would score three straight to put the game away with OBrien scoring quickly after for the Jackets, then freshman Ford would score back to back goals within a minute of each other to lock up the victory for Tech.
#10 Eagles Edge #20 Jackets - Feb 1, 2014
ATLANTA, GA- In in instant classic battle between two top twenty teams, the #10 Boston College Eagles (1-0) scored a late goal to edge the #20 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (0-1) in front of a loud crowd over 400 on the brand new Roe Stamps Turf Field. The Jackets made a fourth quarter surge to erase a three goal deficit and tie the game late. The talented Eagles showed their experience, patiently worked their offense, and were able to get the game winner past the outstanding sophomore goalie, Matt Sommerfeldt (Marietta, GA/Pope), with 90 seconds left on the clock.
The opening minutes of the game were dominated by the youthful Jackets but they came away empty handed after a flurry of quality shots. The Eagles would strike first late in the quarter when Robert Van Fossan (Summit, NJ/Delbarton) scored to give the Eagles the lead with 2:45 left in the quarter. Boston College’s Antonio Zegarelli (West Newton, MA/Catholic Memorial) dominated the face off draws all evening and would get the Eagles another quick possession and a goal in the closing minutes of the quarter to lead 2-0 behind a goal from John Gosstola (Delmar,NY/Bethlehem Central). The second quarter would see the Jackets cut the lead in half when Trey Gantt (Marietta, GA/Lassiter) would score the first of his five goals on the game. But the Eagles would quickly score with their balanced attack when John Lambrecht (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown West) would score to make it 3-1. But there was no quit in the Jackets as Gantt scored his second goal on the day with two minutes remaining to make it 3-2, a score that would hold up to close the half.
The second half saw both teams battling up and down the field with some relentless early season energy. The Eagles would soar early in the third when BC’s Thomas Stack (Denver, CO/Regis Jesuit) would push the Eagle lead back to two goals. But Gantt would give the Jackets some life when he scored his third straight with 4:38 left in the third quarter. And then freshman Brian Connolly (Warwick,NY/Warwick Valley) would score his first collegiate goal on an assist from Scott Schroer (Atlanta, GA/Wesleyan) to tie the game at 4 goals a piece with 3:17 left. But the Eagles would respond, and fast. At the two minute mark BC would get two straight goals from Van Fossan on man up opportunities to close out the quarter with a two goal lead.
The fourth quarter would be a great fifteen minutes of non stop action and effort on both teams behalf. The Jackets would flex first when defenseman David Cyron (Lincoln University,PA/Avon Grove) would clear the ball, beat the pressure of the BC defense and score past Eagles goalie Mike Shepard (Lincoln, MA/Roxbury Latin). With the game a one goal advantage for the Eagles, the BC offense would seize control of the game when they scored two goals in a two minute span, one from Lambrecht and one from Peter Kaloostain (Belmont, MA/Belmont Hill). With the three goal lead it all seemed but over for the Jackets. But the young Tech team would not fold. With six minutes remaining Gantt would net another one on a feed from Chris O'Brien (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa) on a man up play. Then Colin Granger (Tallahassee, FL/Leon) would take a ground ball coast to coast and rip one over the shoulder of Shepard to make it one goal game. The home crowd went wild with the YELLOW JACKETS cheer surrounding the field. 90 seconds later Gantt would light it up again on an isolation dodge to tie the game at 8 with 3:26 on the clock. It was time for the Eagles to show their experience and they responded. Zegarelli would win the ensuing face off and BC would patiently run its offense. The Tech defense played strong turning away dodge after dodge. But Robert Van Fossan’s little brother Peter (Summit,NJ/Delbarton) would roll on a high side dodge and sneak a shot past Sommerfeldt with 1:51 left. Tech would win the final face off, get off a few quality shots as the crowd was roaring and the Eagles were hanging on. In the closing seconds, playing man up, after a final timeout the Jackets ran a designed play, Gantt would scorch a shot off Shepard’s helmet from close range, a great save that would lock up the game.
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