The BYU lacrosse team heated things up on its home turf, despite adverse weather, straining UCSB on both offense and defense and gathering an easy 12-5 win.
Defense was on point, making it increasingly hard for the Gauchos to get their hands on any action in the net, allowing the offense to score freely.
Matt Brandenburg, the goalie, was the defensive ring leader, making more than seven saves. Turnovers were the only shaky point for the Cougars, but Mike Fabrizio helped in making up for it in goals and assists, the whole team flawlessly working together to come out with the win.
BYU lacrosse is known for not being a “real” university sport but still one of the best teams in the country. The team currently competes in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) a non-NCAA men’s lacrosse league.
“One of the keys to good lacrosse is meshing as a team and playing together,” said junior midfielder Zach Jordan. “We have a lot of skilled, individually-talented players, but it’s important to try and put all of the pieces together so that we as a team can be successful on the team.”
Within the league the Cougars have taken the championship title eight times in the last 15 years, becoming well known as a championship program and a respected program among other teams in the league.
“BYU is in the top five every year because they are extremely well coached and they have a great deal of talent,” said Boise State head coach Brian Sanderson.
BYU will round up the excitement from the win to prepare for Cal Poly at home.