By Ali Williams
The BYU lacrosse team beat cross-town rival Utah Valley State College”s Wolverines 21-3 in a scrimmage at the Indoor Practice Facility Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006.
However, for BYU the opponent wasn”t only the Wolverines.
?We didn?t have the mindset that we were playing UVSC,? BYU captain Cameron Archibald said. ?We always prepare for our toughest opponents and look through that lens when we play. It?s important to play these types of games and look in the mirror and know what to work on.?
One of the Cougar”s biggest strengths was the defense said BYU player Tyler Monteath. Archibald attributed the solid defensive play to time spent in the weight room.
?We?ve been working really hard on the weights and we?ve developed a physical dominance,? Archibald said. ?We know that we will be able to out-man any team we go up against.?
Offensively, the Cougars still have kinks to work through.
?It?s the offensive responsibility to hold onto the ball and capitalize on our chances,? Monteath said. ?There were way too many shots that didn?t go in tonight.?
Overall, BYU head coach Jason Lamb was pleased with his team.
?We?re halfway there, the score is no indicator,? he said. ?We?re a top five team in the nation and we?re looking to be number one, so we have some work to do.?
The cougars went into the game with three objectives set out by Lamb which were to organize the sideline, set the tempo and to have fun.
?We want to see how the boys will adjust and get the subbing patterns down, deal with game-changing situations and make adjustments,? Lamb said.
Drew Shumway led the cougars with five goals followed by Dan Cole with four. Marshall Kay also stepped up to contribute four assists.
?Marshall has developed into a great quarterback for our team,? Archibald said. ?He really feels the game and understands when to push and when not to.?