Monday, April 9, 2012

CU Upsets BYU 11-9, Seidel Keeping CU In The Lead

BOULDER, Colo. (04/6/2012) – The University of Colorado Men’s Lacrosse team competed against the No. 3 Brigham Young University Cougars on Thursday evening, winning 11-9.

Top scoring player, Riley Seidel pushed CU into the lead scoring six of the 11 goals for Colorado.

"Our team came out tonight ready to play. We knew that we had a let down last weekend against the University of California Santa Barbara and we came out today to make a comeback,” said Seidel. “The seniors weren’t going to lose tonight. Everyone on the team had it in them to win and  it was a total team effort. Every person on the team busted their butts today and it paid off in this victory, which was huge."

Colorado began the game strong with a goal from Greg Kelsic. BYU scored immediately following, tying the score 1-1. CU received the first penalty of the game on Hayden Mcclain, putting the team man down for one-minute. After Colorado’s penalty was released, Matt White hit the back of the net to put CU in the lead. Colorado scored two more goals in the last minutes of the first quarter by Tyler Doughrety and Seidel, improving the Buffs lead to 4-1.

Going into the second quarter, Scott Stiehr picked up the ground ball off of the face off gaining possession for the Buffs. Mcclain received another penalty, putting Colorado man down for one minute. BYU quickly gained possession and hit the back of the net, taking full advantage of the power play opportunity. Ryan Emerson received the next penalty for the Buffs and BYU capitalized on the opportunity, scoring an additional goal. The Cougars picked up the last goal of the half with 6:56 left, tying the game 4-4.

"We played really well today,” said defenseman Steihr. “Our defense came out there tonight and we decided we were going to be a brick wall and stop everything. We knew BYU was going to be pushing us hard from both the midfield and the attack/”

BYU started off the third quarter with two back-to-back goals, putting them in the lead 4-6. Seidel didn’t let that stop him from scoring another goal with 8:37 left on the clock. Creating a ricochet for himself, Seidel gained momentum and scored the next three goals for Colorado putting the Buffs back in the lead, 8-6. CU received a fifth penalty putting Colorado man down for one-minute. BYU took advantage of the penalty and scored a goal with 3:14 remaining in the third. Seidel retaliated, scoring an additional goal for the Buffs, ending the period with a 9-7 lead over the Cougars.

Zach Pendleton took possession of the ball for the Buffs at the start of the fourth period. BYU stole the ball back and scored the first goal of the period keeping Colorado on their toes. Stiehr received the next penalty for the Buffs putting them man down. Taking advantage of the power play opportunity, BYU tied up the game 9-9. Motivated to take the lead Doughrety scored his second goal of the game. Seidel scored an impressive final goal with 4:10 remaining in the contest. Keeping possession of the ball the Buffs tried to make the scoring gap larger, but BYU stole the ball back and made an unfinished shot at the last second of the game. Colorado ended the contest with an 11-9 victory over Brigham Young.

“It was a fun game for the team. We kind of hit a lull in the second quarter, which was frustrating, but we came out in the second half and made a comeback,” said Doughrety. “It’s a great feeling to see our offense running the way it’s supposed to. Seidel played his butt off and that was amazing. It was fantastic to see him running around, scoring all of those goals."

Scoring Summary
First Period
10:56 CU – Greg Kelsic, unassisted
            10:13 BYU – Corey Gunderson, assisted by Patrick Matheson
5:27 CU – Matt White, unassisted
2:32 CU – Tyler Doughrety, assisted by Greg Kelsic
0:40 CU – Riley Seidel, unassisted
Second Period
            13:04 BYU – Jared Houghton, assisted by Andrew Harding
            10:56 BYU – Drew Shumway, unassisted
            6:56 BYU – Corey Gunderson, assisted by Andrew Harding
Third Period
14:43 BYU – Tyler Sabey, assisted by Ted Ferrin
13:28 BYU – Ted Ferrin, unassisted
8:37 CU – Riley Seidel, assisted by Greg Kelsic
8:15 CU – Riley Seidel, unassisted
6:19 CU – Riley Seidel, unassisted
4:54 CU – Riley Seidel, unassisted
            3:14 BYU – Corey Gunderson, assisted by Ted Ferrin
2:22 CU – Tyler Doughrety, assisted by Greg Kelsic
Fourth Period
9:39 BYU – Riley Hales, assisted by Patrick Matheson
            9:10 BYU – Ted Ferrin, assisted by Andrew Harding
5:59 CU – Tyler Doughrety, assisted by Greg Kelsic
4:10 CU – Riley Seidel, unassisted

CU – 27
BYU – 34