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JACKETS COMPLETE UNDEFEATED REGULAR SEASON FOR FIRST TIME IN HISTORY!
Spectator Seating For Lacrosse; Roe Stamps Field
Funding Completed in honor of Inspirational Leader Alex Kiehl
Projected opening 2016
Men's Lacrosse has led Fundraising on this project and we thank all participants for their generous contribution to honor Alex Kiehl, support Lacrosse and add a valuable amentity for all Georgia Tech Students to enjoy next year!
Jackets to Play In 2015 SELC Tournament - Apr 16, 2015
Jackets Gain Entry Into 2015 SELC Championship Tournament for Third YEAR!
To play Friday Night April 24th at Northview HS at 8PM
Fund Raising to construct spectator seating on Roe Stamps Field at Georgia Tech to honor former Lacrosse player Alex Kiehl is complete! The facility is planned to be available for 2016 season with 103% of fundraising completed as of April 15, 2015. Funding completed six weeks ahead of Goal!
The effort was 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. The Georgia Tech Lacrosse Alumni Affinity Group and team parents are delighted to permanently commemorate Alex and his ideals for the benefit of Lacrosse and the entire Georgia Tech student body. Dedication of the Facility in planned for the next academic year.
Tech Destroys Bulldogs with 11-1 First Half Scoring Run - Apr 14, 2015
The Yellow Jackets continued their winning ways Saturday with a thrashing of in state rival Georgia with a dominating score of 19-10 to clinch a top seed in the upcoming SELC Tournament. Brian Connolly led all scorers on the day with 11 total points and the faceoff tandem of Frost and Ziegler claimed 12 out of 13 opening faceoffs as they helped the Jackets race out to a 15-4 halftime lead en route to Tech's 13th straight win of the season!
The opening quarter saw the Jackets start face as Holland Frost won the faceoff and scored less than a minute later as he raced through the Bulldog defense. The Dogs responded by tying the game as they found the back of the net after scooping up a loose ball on the crease and scoring past goalie Matt Sommerfeldt. The Jackets got back on top quickly, netting three straight goals in a three minute span with great stickwork and ball movement to lead once again 4-1. Georgia then executed a disciplined and determined midfield orientated offensive set and scored two of their own to make it 4-3. However a comeback was not to be on this sunny spring day as Tech struck back.
After a quick back and forth flurry and some up and down the field play the Jackets siezed absolute control of the game with an offensive explosion that completely negated the patient and here to for effective Georgia offense. Over the remaining five minutes of the quarter Tech would score four more times to lead 8-3, mainy goals by assist, to lead 8-3 at the end of one. The scoring run involved six different players as the team shared the ball unselfishly. The second quarter would prove to be much of the same as the Jackets scored the first 4 goals of the quarter to increase their lead to 13-3 and completely blowing Georgia out of the game.
In the second half the Jackets went to cruise control and were able to get playing time for everyone on the squad as they built a lead to 18-6 at one point.
Jackets Defeat Two Ranked Teams in Trip to Boston - Apr 7, 2015
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets continued their impressive undefeated run into the 2015 season with two victories over ranked opponents versus #14 Boston College Eagles and #21 Northeastern Huskies. The wins moved Tech to a career best start of 12-0. It also marked the team’s first visit to the Northeast, a trip that was highlighted with a spirited 8-7 overtime victory over the Eagles on Friday night.
The Jackets were looking for revenge after Boston College pulled out a tough 8-7 win over the Jackets in Atlanta in 2014. But early on it seemed to be a game much like the one a year ago as the Eagles moved out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening quarter. The Jackets offense was slow to start and was shut out by the tough pressing Eagles defense. The Tech defense sunk their feet in with inspired play as they faced the challenging BC offense. After some crucial stops the Jacket offense finally found the back of the cage when Chris O'Brien scored on a feed from Ben Mertz a few minutes into the second quarter to cut the lead in half with Tech trailing 2-1. The Eagles did not seem impressed as they scored minutes later to lead by two goals once again. The Jackets would not be derailed though. Mertz would score a goal of his own late in the quarter when Mick Stapleton fed him. The half would end with Tech trailing 3-2.
To open the half Tech would showed more patience on the offensive end of the field. After some early possessions Tech would finally crack the Eagle defense when Oliver Gregory scored on a man up play on a feed from O'Brien. Then Brian Connolly would get into the scoring column when O'Brien fed him for the nice assist. The Eagles would also get on the scoreboard in the quarter but only once. With the score tied at four goals apiece entering the fourth the large crowd was in for an exciting finish. Tech’s defense was strong all night and goalie Matt Sommerfeldt played excellent between the pipes.
Tech would strike first in the 4th quarter when Stapleton ripped a lefty shot past the Eagle goaltender. Clinging to a one-goal lead long stick defenseman Bryan Vakiner would steal a Boston College clearing attempt and race in for a goal to give Tech a 6-4 advantage! The running Eagles would not be denied. They scored quickly on a riding blunder by the Jackets to trail by only one. Tech would respond again when Holland Frost got into the scoring action by scoring on an isolation move to help Tech regain a two-goal lead. And once again the Eagles would press the issue and score two straight goals in a three-minute span the tie the game. The Tech offense controlled most of the remaining time but could not sneak a shot past the tough Eagle defense. The teams would end regulation tied at seven. In the opening moments of overtime Tech would be man up but were unable to score but then Frost took a quick step past his defender and ripped a low bouncer past the Eagle goalie to give Tech the exciting win.
On Sunday Tech returned to action when they visited #21 Northeastern on their home turf. Tech would not show any signs of complacency as they raced out to a quick 4-0 lead. Chris O’Brien, Dan Radke, Mick Stapleton and Brian Connolly each scored to share in the action early on for the Jackets. The defense was stout as usual with David Cyron, Daniel Coughlin, Will Byars and Nick Matarazzo holding down the close defense and Chris Bush, Bryan Vakiner, Thomas McClane and Tommy McCormick handling midfield defense. They limited the potentially strong Huskie offense to contested shots and forced turnovers. The Huskies would score twice in the half but never posed a threat early on to the defense. The athletic and strong Northeastern defense clamped down in the second quarter and limited the Tech scoring chances. The Jackets would score in the quarter though when Ben Mertz gave Tech its fifth goal of the quarter and allowed to Tech to enjoy a three-goal cushion at halftime.
The third quarter was a back and forth exercise between the two tough defenses. Each defense was doing their part to keep their opponents off the scoreboard. The two teams would exchange goals early on and then later in the quarter the Huskies would score again making the game 6-4 Jackets. But Mertz would widen the margin to three goals once again on his second goal of the game. The Tech defense would once again step up as they shut out the Huskies in the final quarter. The offense would pull away early on when Mertz scored his third of the game and then Stapleton would add the icing on the cake as he scored to give Tech the final goal of the game and secure a 9-4 victory for the Jackets .
Jackets Down South Carolina to remain Undefeated - Mar 30, 2015
On a chilly spring Friday night the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets raced away from a 4-4 tie entering the fourth quarter with a convincing 10-4 win to move to 10-0 on the season over the visiting South Carolina Gamecocks. The Jackets had three players score hat tricks as Brian Connolly, Chris O'Brien and Mick Stapleton led the offense along with Holland Frost's lone goal.
The opening half was a typical Tech game, limiting the opponent's offense and various looks by the Jackets. After a back and forth first quarter Tech finally broke the ice when O'Brien netted his first of ther night. That would be the lone score of the quarter for both teams. In the second quarter the Jackets began to wipe the cobwebs off aftyer a long playing delat due to spring break and scored another goal by O'Brien to lead 2-0 at the half. The defense was solid as always in limiting every South Carolina push.
To open the third period the Gamecocks would score first on a nice transition goal but the Jackets responded with two goals in a quick 30 second span from Stapleton and O'Brien to push the lead to 4-1. However the feisty Gamecocks would not go away and mounted a strong surge as they put on a three goal run to tie the game up at the end of the quarter at four goal each.
Entering the fourth quarter the Jackets seized control, Frost won the opening faceoff which led to a quick score only seven seconds into the the quarter to give Tech a lead they would never relinquish! A minute later Connolly raced around the cage to score, in another minute later Stapleton ripped a shot from 10 yards out to make it a 7-4 lead. The defense exerted its dominance limiting all South Carolina opportunities making full utilization of the team's defensive depth as the offense continued to extend the lead after a three minute span by adding two more goals to lead 9-4 with 5 minutes to play. The Gamecocks responded with strong defensive pressure but Stapleton fired an empty netter to seal the deal and move Tech to a historic 10-0 on the season!
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.
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