College Station, TX — It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon for lacrosse in College Station. The #1S Texas Aggie lacrosse team took on the #4N Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first playoff game of the 47th season of Aggie lacrosse. A&M enters the 2018 Lone Star Alliance Quarterfinal Round 8-3 overall and 3-0 in the LSA South division.
The Red Raiders came out fighting and drew first blood off of a faceoff win-dish-dodge. The early Tech goal jumpstarted the Aggies and they responded with 6 unanswered goals. An eventful 1st quarter yielded a 10-2 Aggie lead.
A&M’s attack dominated the Tech defense, outrunning them around the crease for several 1 on 1 shots. The trio moved like clockwork during dodges and found an open player waiting for a pass on the backside of Tech’s defense for a number of goals. The Ags played 5 attackmen, who netted the team 15 goals and earning 8 assists. Auggie Buerkle 3g 4a, GW Bodden 4g 1a, AJ Hepting 4g 1a, Mikey Jaillet 4g 1a and Nick Leverich 1a led the Aggies in scoring.
Middies paired well with the attack threat, as the two groups connected for points off of strong dodges from the top. The Aggie midfielders wouldn’t be left out—dropping 8 goals and 5 assists—with some great pull passes to move the ball and capitalizing on a man-up opportunity with a stunning top-shelf crank by Hunter Valk. Leading the middie offense again was Gavin Planeta 2g, Hunter Valk 3g 1a, Seth Schutze 1g 1a, Drew Johnson 2a and Matthew Hannah.
Fans at the midline took in a great show put on by the A&M face-off quartet, who won 23 of 32 draws yielding a significant possession advantage. Alex Tartaglia 7-0, Matthew Hannah 7-2, Henry England 6-3 and Quintin Davis 4-4.
Aggies finished the game up 23-7 over Texas Tech.
The Aggies advance to the LSA Final 4 in Austin on Saturday April 21st. Game time is 4pm and the opponent is SMU who defeated LSU 8-6 in Dallas this Saturday. The other D1 semi final game features Texas (8-5 over TCU) against Oklahoma (16-6 over Texas State) at 7pm.
The winners face off Sunday at 2pm for the LSA D1 Championships. For full game/conference/national details visit the MCLA.