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Tech Dominates Auburn - Mar 11, 2014
The Jackets came into Riverwood High School for their match up with Auburn with revenge on the brain. After trailing Auburn for the entire game in 2013, Georgia Tech came into the 2014 game seeking vengeance. Scott Shroer (Dunwoody, GA/Wesleyan) scored his first goal of the season on Tech’s first possession of the game. After the goal from Schroer it took a few possessions before Tech would find the openings against Auburn’s tight zone defense. The Jackets finished the quarter with a flurry were able to race out to an 8-0 lead at the end of the first quarter on their way to scoring 17 goals in the game, their highest total since 2012. Offensively the Jackets were paced by four goals and two assists from high scoring freshman Brian Connolly (Warwick, NY/ Warwick Valley). Sophomore attackman Chris O’Brien (Manhattan Beach, CA/Mira Costa) scored a goal and added two assists. Midfielders Colin Granger (Tallahassee, FL/Leon) and Holland Frost (Marietta, GA/Pope) chipped in with two goals apiece. Freshman Sam Rubin (Woodstock, GA/Etowah) joined in the act scoring his first and second career goals. Stephen Hughes (Clarence, NY/Clarence) scored his first career goal on an isolation dodge in the fourth quarter. Senior faceoff man Chris Tynan (Martinez, GA/Lakeside) added a goal and an assist to his strong day facing off and was matched in the scoring department by senior attackman Trey Gantt (Marietta, GA/Lassiter). Junior Alex Roe (Cumming, GA/South Forsyth) continued working his way back from injury and scored his first goal of the season. The defense was strong once again. Sophomores Matt Sommerfeldt (Marietta, GA/Pope), David Cyron (Lincoln University, PA/Avon Grove), Tuna Gregory (Marblehead, MA/Marblehead), and Bryan Vakiner (Palm Harbor, FL/East Lake) were key in limiting the Auburn offense. Freshmen Will Byars (Columbus, OH/Thomas Worthington), Chris Bush (Pittsburgh, PA/Shady Side Academy), and Nick Matarazzo (Springfield, NJ/Seton Hall Prep) helped spark the Yellow Jacket transition game. Junior goalie Michael Hashimoto (Atlanta, GA/Riverwood) made an appearance back at his alma mater and notched three saves. The Jackets finished with 11 different goal scorers on the night resulting in a 17-5 win. With the win Tech moved to 3-0 in region play and currently leads the region.
Jackets Swarm the Redhawks - Mar 11, 2014
Sunday saw the Jackets with their third game in as many days as they welcomed Miami-OH to town. The Jackets last faced the Redhawks in 2012 when Tech won in easy fashion. The final score on this day was 9-3 in favor of Tech, with freshman Brian Connolly leading the way with three goals. The win moved Tech to 6-3 on the season and 2-1 on the long three game weekend. Early on the tired legs of the Jackets showed as they struggled to establish strong offensive possessions. But the defense proved to be too much for the visitors as they pitched a shutout in the first half and forced multiple turnovers. The Jackets would lead 1-0 after one uneventful quarter of play when Connolly scored on a feed from Holland Frost. The second quarter saw more action from the Jackets on the offensive end as they got a goal from sophomore Stephen Hughes followed with a second quarter closing goal from Christopher OBrien to close the half leading 3-0. The close defense of Oliver Gregory, Will Byars, Nick Matarazzo and David Cyron led the way in front of goalie Matt Sommerfedlt. They only allowed one quality shot in the half and stifled the Redhawk offense all afternoon.
The second half opened with quality possessions from Tech but no goals. Miami-OH would find the back of the net finally with eight minutes left in the quarter on a man up opportunity to make it a two goal game. For the remainder of the quarter Tech would face an inspired Redhawk offense sparked by untimely penalties from the Jackets. After some back and forth play Tech would finally score again when Connolly scored his second goal on a feed from Frost. Leading 4-1 Tech would surrender another man up goal to Miami-OH to close out the quarter leading 4-2. To start the fourth quarter the Jackets would strike quickly when Trey Gantt scored on a isolation play. But the Redhawks still had life. They scored their third goal on a man up set to push the game to 5-3 in favor of Tech. After a time out by the Jackets, Tech would stop the momentum of Miami-OH and would completely control the remainder of the game. Frost would kill a man down opportunity by racing by three different Redhawk defenders and dumping in Tech’s sixth goal. Then Connolly would score his final goal on a feed from Alex Roe. Frost would add another one a minute later to give Tech the commanding 8-3 lead. And with a minute to play Tech’s Austin Regnery would score the first goal his career to ice 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.
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.
#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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