On Wednesday afternoon your #25 Texas Aggie lacrosse team took on the #4 BYU Cougars. This is the 47th season of Aggie lacrosse and A&M entered the game 8-2 overall, and at 1st place in the LSA D1 South division.
The game was a sprint from the first whistle and hustle between the boxes gave A&M several scoring opportunities. The Aggies took an early 2-0 lead, with goals from Auggie Buerkle, 2g, and GW Bodden, 2g, on a nice feed from AJ Hepting, 3g 1a. BYU dominated at the face-off X and forced the Aggies into several defensive stands. However, 5 unanswered goals by the Cougars halted Maroon’s momentum and rounded out the 1st quarter scoring.
The second quarter started strong for A&M and saw the Aggie midfielders take control. Gavin Planeta, 2g 1a, Hunter Valk, 1g, led the way as the Aggies scored 5 to BYU’s 2 and went into half time tied 7-7.
During the third quarter, despite a huge effort, the Aggies couldn’t get things going their way. After several successful defensive stands, the Aggies continued to battle BYU’s 10 man ride and the 3rd ended with the Aggies being outscored 0-3.
Both the Cougars and the Ags scored 2 early in the fourth, keeping it close but the Cougars were able to sustain the pressure and outscored the Ags 3-1 late in the game to close out a hard fought victory with a final score of 15-10 BYU.
Goalie Marco Robertson gave a strong performance with 11 saves @ 42.3%, and his quick outlet passes gave the Aggies a dominant transition game. The Aggies snagged 15 ground balls.
Your Aggies look to the month of March to recover and refocus after a front-loaded 2018 schedule and will return with a tune up men’s club contest at the end of the month.
They face the SMU Mustangs in College Station on Sunday April 8th. Keep an eye out for information on an alumni gathering.
In the first round of the LSA Playoffs the Aggies will host #4 seed from the North, on the weekend of April 14-15 (likely Sunday April 15). The winner moves on to the LSA Final 4 in Austin on April 21-22.