BYU men’s lacrosse falls to Georgia Tech in quarterfinals

BYU's Max Neser runs with the ball against Grand Canyon University. Neser made a lot of big defensive plays tonight against Georgia Tech on Tuesday. (Universe Archives).
BYU’s Max Neser runs with the ball against Grand Canyon University. Neser was a defensive presence against Georgia Tech. (Universe Archives)

The No. 5 seed BYU men’s lacrosse fell 7-5 to the No. 4 seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the quarterfinals of the national tournament on Tuesday night.

The defensive-based Yellow Jackets kept the Cougar’s offense in check throughout most of the first quarter. Georgia Tech scored first with 5:10 left in the first quarter taking a 1-0 lead.

After taking long and slow possessions to start the game, Georgia Tech flipped the script and scored right out of a timeout and took a 2-0 lead with 2:24 left in the first quarter.

BYU’s Chris Severson scored his first and only goal of the game with 36 seconds left in the first quarter on a pass from Jack Fabrizio, cutting the lead to one.

The Yellow Jackets came right back, scoring with just 19 seconds left in the first quarter giving them a 3-1 lead to end the quarter.

Georgia Tech took a 4-1 lead by scoring at the 14:21 mark of the second quarter.

The rest of the second quarter was pretty even until BYU’s Calvin Wiley scored a crucial goal with nine seconds left in the first half. This gave the Cougars some momentum going into halftime.

The Cougars came into the second half playing a much faster game in an attempt to get more shots against Georgia Tech’s formidable defense.

The Yellow Jackets scored the first goal in the second half at the 11:43 mark. This was the only goal of the third quarter and BYU went into the fourth quarter trailing 5-2.

BYU’s Wiley scored his second goal of the game at the 13:09 mark of the fourth quarter. Wiley scored this goal as well as his first one off of an isolation play.

Georgia Tech scored a transition goal at the 9:57 mark making the lead 6-3.

The Cougar’s Farley scored with 7:37 left in the fourth making the score 6-4 for the Yellow Jackets.

Farley scored again at the 3:10 mark of the fourth quarter, but the Yellow Jackets scored eight seconds after giving Georgia Tech the 7-5 lead.

BYU could not score again and ultimately fell 7-5 to the Yellow Jackets ending their season.

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