BYU’s lacrosse team lost a heartbreaker Thursday night in the MCLA tournament against Colorado State 9–7 to end its goal of a championship.
BYU had previously played CSU during the regular season, losing 11–5. However, this game appeared headed for a different result through three quarters.
The Cougars seized momentum quickly just as they had the previous two games in the tournament scoring the first three goals of the game.
Jayden Haws scored four minutes in to the first period and was followed two minutes later with a goal by Jake Arbon. Zach Jordan would score a minute later to extend the lead to 3–0. Each team exchanged several shot attempts at goal the last seven minutes of the quarter but no goals were scored.
Despite a strong defensive effort in goal by Rob Ostler, CSU found the back of the net three times in the second period while BYU was held scoreless to even the score at 3–3 going in to the half.
After goals in the third by Mickell Walker and Zach Jordan, BYU entered the fourth quarter tied with CSU 5–5.
Jake Ferrin gave BYU its last lead just over a minute into the fourth quarter at 6–5 and CSU then scored four out of the last five goals of the game to win by the score of 9–7.
Senior Pat Matheson had an impressive tournament scoring three goals through three games. The Cougars were also able to get good play out of goalie Rob Ostler who tallied an average save percentage of over 53 percent throughout the tournament.
Colorado State now moves on to the championship to play rival Colorado on Saturday night.