The ball-control offense of Georgia Tech proved too much for BYU to overcome in the quarterfinals of the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse National Championships as the Yellow Jackets beat the Cougars 7-5 in Irvine, California, on Tuesday night.
The loss ends BYU's season, as the Yellow Jackets, the fourth seed in the national tournament, had an answer every time the fifth-seeded Cougars countered.
Georgia Tech (16-0) never trailed, building a 4-1 lead early in the second quarter and weathering a BYU (13-5) rally in the final period.
The Cougar offense finally got someting going in the fourth quarter, scoring three goals — one from Calvin Wiley, followed by two straight from Winston Farley — to pull BYU within 6-5 with 3:21 to play. But Georgia Tech used a fast-break goal from Chris O'Brien less than 20 seconds later to counter Farley's second goal and create some separation heading down the stretch.
In addition to the two goals from Farley, Wiley added two and Chris Severson scored BYU's first goal late in the first quarter in the losing effort.
Brian Connolly scored three goals to pace the Georgia Tech offense, while O'Brien added two and Holland Frost added one goal and two assists.
Georgia Tech moves on to Thursday's national semifinals at Chapman University in Orange, California. The Yellow Jackets will face top seed Chapman, who beat Arizona State 16-8 in the other quarterfinal on their side of the bracket.