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Tech Topples Rebels in Season Finale - Apr 19, 2014
ATLANTA, GA- He has been patiently waiting, back up goalie Mike Hashimoto (Atlanta,GA/Riverwood) finally got the chance to start and made the most of it in leading the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (11-3,5-0) to a 11-4 win over the Ole Miss Rebels on Senior night. OnTech’s final home game sophomore Ben Mertz (Grayson,GA/Grayson) led the way with three goals. The win secured the Jackets undefeated run in the Southwest region of the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference and earned them a game versus Virginia Tech in the opening round of the conference tournament.
The unrelenting rain made it for a soggy evening on the flats but the Jackets prevailed with stingy defense and opportunistic offense. The opening half was controlled by Tech as senior Chris Tynan (Martinez,GA/Lakeside) dominated the face-offs and earned key possessions. Mertz got rolling early and scored Tech’s first three goals of the half. The Rebels would keep things close in the first half as they scored three times in the opening half. Tech would get some additional scoring in the first thirty minutes when Mertz’s midfield running mates Holland Frost (Marietta,GA/Pope) and Daniel Radke (Chesterfield,MO/Desmet Jesuit) each scored on isolation moves. Then Sophomore Chris O’Brien would find the back of the net (Manhatten Beach/Mira Costa) to allow Tech to head into the half leading 6-3.
With All America goalie Matt Sommerfeldt (Marietta,GA/Pope) resting, Hashimoto played solidly recording six saves on the evening as the defense limited Ole Miss to only one goal in the second half. As the rain continued to fall the offense would continue pour on the pressure and Tech would slowly pull as the offense scored methodically throughout the second half with great pressure riding and solid isolation moves. In the second half Tech would get goals from the attack unit of O’Brien, freshman Brian Connolly (Warwick,NY/Warwick Valley) and senior Trey Gantt (Marietta,GA/Lassiter). In addition to Gantt, fellow graduating players Colin Granger (Tallahassee,FL/Leon) and Alex Roe (Cumming,GA/South Forsyth) would score to help give Tech the win.
Tech moves on to the SELC Playoffs starting next Friday night. In the opening round Tech will face Virginia Tech who is the #2 seed from the northwest region. Tech bounced the Hokies from the playoffs in the 2013 semi-finals so this game will certainly be a fight to the end. The game will be at 8pm Friday, April 25 at South Forsyth High School.
#19 Tech Takes Back The State - Apr 13, 2014
MARIETTA,GA- The #19 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (10-3, 4-0) clinched a berth in the upcoming Southeastern Lacrosse Conference playoffs by defeating their in-state rival, the Georgia Bulldogs (6-7, 2-2), 11-6 on Saturday at Pope High School. Tech was led by the attack combo of Trey Gantt (Marietta, GA/Lassiter), Chris O’Brien (Manhattan Beach,CA/Mira Costa) and Brian Connolly (Warwick,NY/Warwick Valley) who combined for ten points to lead the Jacket attack. The win marks the second straight regular season victory in a row over the Bulldogs and exacts revenge for the conference tournament title loss in 2013.
In front of a packed crowd on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon the Jackets took control early and never looked back as they raced to their tenth victory of the season and clinched the Southwest title of the SELC. Tech controlled the opening face off and found the back of the net when Gantt got a feed from Ben Mertz (Grayson,GA/Grayson) to take the early lead. After some back and forth play Tech would strike again mid way through the opening quarter when O'Brien dropped a shot past the UGA goalie on a great feed from Connolly. The quarter would close with Tech up two goals and not allowing UGA any quality shots. Goalie Matt Sommerfeldt (Marietta,GA/Pope) was enjoying the homecoming at his alma mater stadium, as he recorded three saves in the opening quarter to help in the early shutout. Tech would open the second quarter much the same way they did in the first, scoring first and fast. Just one minute into the second quarter Sommerfledt’s old high school running mate, Holland Frost (Marietta,GA/Pope), bounced a shot home to give Tech a three goal lead. Then the Jackets would score again when O’Brien netted his second of the game on another feed from Connolly. The goal was set up by the aggressive riding of the Jackets, who created a loose ball opportunity and then moved the ball to O’Brien who ripped it past the Bulldog goaltender. But UGA was not going to go away quietly, especially in an in-state rivalry game. With ten minutes left in the half, UGA would get a loose ball and race down the field to score a fast break goal to trail 4-1. But after some continued great defense by Tech, the Jackets would score two more times, the first coming from O’Brien and the second from Gantt as he raced through three UGA defenders to give Tech the five goal half time lead at 6-1.
With emotions high and play offs on the line, the opening of the second half would be crucial. And the Jackets responded. Just a minute and a half into the third quarter Connolly would score on his own followed up a minute later when Gantt would score his third of the day on a feed from Connolly. Trailing by seven goals the Bulldogs would show some life and score two quick goals to bring the game back a five goal deficit at 8 to 3. The Jackets would never allow the Bulldogs to get any closer. With two minutes remaining in the quarter Mertz would take an isolation move to the goal and score to give Tech a six goal lead once again. In the closing minute of the quarter the Bulldogs would score again though and head into the final fifteen minutes of playing trailing 9-4. Like the preceding quarters of play the Jackets would end any drama or comeback as Mertz would score his second goal of the game minutes in to the fourth quarter to give Tech the comfortable 10-4 lead. Then, with under six minutes to play, Frost would score again to give Tech its final goal and lock up the contest for the Jackets. UGA would score two goals late in the game but it was to little to late as the Jackets prevailed 11-6 locking up the regional title and punching it’s ticket to the SELC playoffs.
#21 Tech Rolls Past Tennessee - Apr 1, 2014
ATLANTA, GA- After a week off for spring break the #20 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets returned to action and did not skip a beat as they cruised past the University of Tennessee by a score of 15-4. The Jackets improved to 8-3 on the season and won their second straight year in a row over the Volunteers. Tech was led by sophomore Chris O'Brien (Mira Costa/Manhatten Beach, CA) and his four goal and one assist performance on the day.
After not playing for two weeks there may have been some spring break complacency early as the Jackets found themselves in an early hole when Tennessee took the opening face off and scored just ten seconds into the game. The Jackets settled down and actually got off the next six shots in the game but they could not find the back of the net. The Volunteers would patiently wait out the Jackets flurry and would strike again a few minutes later to open the game up with a two goal lead. The Jackets would awake, and erupt they did. Sophomore Ben Mertz (Garsyson, GA/Grayson) got Tech on the board with a few minutes remaining in the opening quarter. Mertz's goal would spark the team as the rain started to fall. O'Brien would get his first goal of the game on a ten yard low to high scorcher to tie the game. Then minutes later freshman Brian Connolly (Warwick Valley/Warwick, NY) would give a Tech a lead they would never relinquish. Tech would get additional goals in the quarter when freshman Sam Ford (Marmion Academy/Geneva, IL) scored on a feed from sophomore Dan Radke (Desmet Jesuit/Chesterfield, MO) to extend Tech's lead to 4-2. In the closing minutes of the quarter Mertz would score again on a feed from sophomore Oliver Gregory (Marblehead/Marblehead, MA) for a transition goal. The Jackets would close out the scoring for the quarter when Mertz scored his third of the day on a isolation take from the right side followed by another goal from O'Brien on a man up opportunity to give Tech the 7-2 halftime lead. After shaky start the Jacket defense got back to what they do best- shutting down opposing offenses.
The second was much like the second quarter- dominated by Tech. Tech would open the scoring when OBrien would score again on a man up opportunity on a feed from Radke. Tennessee would respond but then Tech would score four straight in the quarter starting with a goal from Gantt followed a minute later when O'Brien would score his final goal of the day on a feed from Connolly. With Tech leading 9-3 the defense was continuing to play strong and forcing poor angle shots from the Volunteers. Then Gantt would score again when a failed clear led to a transition goal for Tech. Gantt would then strip a Tennessee defender of the ball leading to a nice transition goal for the Jackets as O'Brien swept up the loose ball, found a cutting Connolly who fed the ball back to Gantt for the easy put away and extend Tech's lead to eight goals. The Volunteers would score their fourth and final goal in the closing minute of the third quarter ending the Jackets run but with Tech leading 12-4. The fourth would see Tech pitch a shutout defensively in the fourth quarter and get playing time for the entire bench.
In the fourth Tech would add scores from seniors Alex Roe (South Forsyth/Cumming, GA) and Austin Regnery (Etowah/Woodstock, GA) and also a second goal on the day from Ford.
Jackets Deny Gophers - Mar 15, 2014
ATLANTA, GA- The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets improved to 7-3 on the season with a convincing 13-7 victory over visiting University of Minnesota at Marist High School on Saturday. The Jackets withstood a furious third quarter run by the Gophers and got four goals from sophomore Chris OBrien (Mira Costa/Manhattan Beach/CA) as they raced away from the visitors to earn their seventh victory of the season.
Early on it was all Tech when Trey Gantt (Lassiter/Marietta, GA) scored on a isolation move 45 seconds into the game followed thirty seconds later by freshman Brian Connolly (Warwick Valley/Warwick,NY). After some back and forth play Conolly would strike again with a great step around rip for the mid quarter 3-0 lead. Then minutes later rookie Holland Frost (Pope/Marietta,GA) would receive a crease feed from Junior Mick Stapleton (Woodstock/Woodstock,GA). The quarter would close minutes later but not before Frost would find OBrien open for a commanding 5-0 lead after one quarter of play. The second quarter would finally see the Gophers settle in offensively. But the impressive Tech defense was up to the challenge as the close defense would turn away any threat from the visitors from the North. Goalie Matt Sommerfeldt (Pope/Marietta,GA) was tested early but the close defense was up to the task in turning away any looks Minnesota would have. Late in the second quarter Stapleton would get a shot past the Gopher goaltender Matt Jorgensen (Creekside/St Johns, FL). But the visitors would not remain scoreless as Benjamin Nash (Mounds View/Mounds View/MN) would score with under a minute in the half to get Minnesota only trailing 6-1 after thirty minutes of play.
The second half began with Jorgensen stuffing Gantt on the crease seconds into the third quarter and inspiring the Gophers. And it paid off! The Minnesota squad seems sparked and quickly ran off two straight goals from Simon Gondeck (Benilde St Maragret/Wayzata,MN) within one minute of each other to close the game to 6-3 in favor of the Jackets. After some sloppy play Minnesota would strike again when Teddy OReilly (Minnetonka/Chanhassen/MN) would match Gondeck with two straight goals in a one minute span to make the game a nail biter. With Tech leading 7-5 the Jackets would find themselves in the penalty box and the Gophers would respond when Sean Lee (Mounds View/Shoreview/MN) would make the game a one goal affair.
With momentum on the Gopher side Tech’s defense responded with a timely stop, which led to a goal by defenseman Will Byars (Thomas Worthington/Worthington,OH) scored on a feed fro Obrien. With some breathing room the defense stood tall and the offense got back on track. With three minutes left in the third quarter Obrien scored on a feed from Frost to extend Tech’s lead to two goals. Then Stapleton ripped a low shot past Jorgensen with two minutes remaining to close out the quarter with Tech leading 9-6. The Tech defense rallied and played lights out from that point forward. And with the stellar play of the defense the offense was motivated and proceeded to run off two straight goals in a minutes time to extend their lead to 11-6. The run was highlighted with senior Chris Tynan’s (Lakeside/Martinez,GA) faceoff win and fast break goal. the Gophers would score once again on a man up opportunity but Tech would close out the game when OBrien would rip a low to high shot. The Tech defense would close it out from there to secure the win for the Jackets.
#10 Texas Tops Tech - Mar 11, 2014
On Saturday the #20 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets welcomed #10 ranked University of Texas to town. The Longhorns controlled the game from the outset and defeated the young Jackets 11-6 on the Tech’s home field. The 11 goals scored by Texas marked the first time since April of 2012 that Tech had given up double digit goals to an opponent. Despite Tech's Soph Chris OBrien’s three goals the Longhorn agressive offense was too much in the end.
In the opening quarter Tech would fall behind early as Texas would score the first three goals of the game. Shell shocked early it seems the veteran squad from Austin, TX would run away with the contest. But Tech would find life when Ben Mertz scored one of this two goals on the day with 90 seconds left in the quarter. But the two goal deficit would not last long as Texas would score again with only 26 seconds left in the quarter to lead 4-1 after one quarter of play. The second quarter saw a spark from the Tech offense early on when Mertz scored again to make it a 4-2 lead for the Longhorns. But the second quarter belonged to the Longhorns as they continued their dominance on possession time and limited turnovers. That in turn resulted in a three goal run by Texas in the final eight minutes of the quarter. At the half Texas led 7-2.
Facing its largest deficit of the year the Jackets came out on fire in the second half. The defense played inspired but more importantly the offense got their game in motion. Tech dominated possession time in the third quarter and would finally crack the net as OBrien would scoop up a loose ball on the crease and put it past the Texas goaltender to make it a four goal game. Tech continued their assault on the cage but were having a tough time getting shots past the strong Longhorn goalie. Texas would strike again on one of their few possessions to push the game back to a five goal lead. The Jackets would respond though. OBrien would score again on a feed from Brian Conolly halfway through the quarter. The quarter would end with Tech continuing its attack but the closest they would get is 8-4 at the close of the third quarter.
In the fourth Texas was tiring but had enough in the tank to hold off the Jackets with some strong midfield play, the Longhorns would score first and hold that lead until five minutes remaining in the quarter when Trey Gantt would get into the scoring column followed quickly by OBrien’s third goal and keep Tech within striking distance, trailing 9-6. But the Longhorns proved too much on this day as they closed the game out with two late goals to win 11-6. The loss moved Tech to 0-3 versus ranked opponents this season and 5-3 on the season.
#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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