BYU Pulls it together in Second Half to Beat New Hampshire

Mykel Severson - Utah Lacrosse News 

As has been the case this season, BYU came out hot making a bold statement in the early minutes of their game against University of New Hampshire only to fade in intensity and execution in the second quarter. The Cougars regrouped with huge third and fourth quarter efforts sealing an impressive victory against the Wildcats, 16 to 9.

The first quarter started with a Cougar win in the draw and a quick shot that was wide. UNH took the ball the other way, and shot, but was handily turned away by BYU goalie Matt Brandenburg. BYU defender Boston Handley forced a turnover, ran down field and passed it to Cougar midfielder Connor Williams who took a shot surprising UHN and giving the Cougs their first goal. The Wildcats’ Craig Ward grabbed the next face, but Brandenburg reeled in a deflected shot returning the ball to Cougar offense. BYU set up its offense with middies Josh Tunick and Chase Miller passing to Fabrizio who assisted Chris Severson with goal number two. There was ferocious draw that followed, but the Cougs’ middie Jordan Higgs eventually gained control. BYU notched its third goal at the hand of Andrew Bertha with an assist from Severson. Momentum was definitely with BYU, but UNH settled in and their goalie, Matt Markowitz, made a great save. The Wildcats cleared easily catching BYU’s defense napping.

BYU Men's Lacrosse Team to take on the UNH Wildcats

BYU Men’s Lacrosse to take on the UNH Wildcats

Provo Ut, - Our BYU Men’s Lacrosse team will take on the University of New Hampshire Wildcats this Saturday March 19, at 4:00pm. The game will be held at the North University Lacrosse Field located just north of the BYU Football Stadium on Canyon road. Our BYU Cougars are now ranked 3rd in the MCLA National Polls, placing right behind 2nd Georgia Tech and 1st Chapman University.

BYU Men’s Lacrosse has never played UNH before so this will be a great challenge for our Cougars. This will also be the Cougars first time playing an east coast team this spring season. We asked Head Coach Matt Schneck some questions about the upcoming game:

BYU: How do you think the season has gone so far?

Matt Schneck: We are pleased with the start to the season. Of course, coming up short against Chapman in overtime was a disappointment, but we have learned from the experience and are hoping to apply the lessons moving forward. Knowing that our schedule doesn't get any easier with four of our remaining six games against ranked teams, we will have our work cut out for us.

BYU: What are your expectations for this upcoming game?

Matt Schneck: We are expecting a very tough game. New Hampshire is a disciplined team with great athletes and an experienced coaching staff. There recent success in Utah demonstrates their strength and they have yet to lose a game this year. We'll need to ready from the opening whistle.

BYU: Will you prepare differently for UNH because they are an east coast team? How?

BYU Lacrosse Beats Idaho

BYU lacrosse beats Idaho

By LAUREN SMITH The Daily Universe 

Midfielder Chase Paulson brings the ball up during a previous game.
BYU lacrosse came out on top against Idaho, winning 13-7.

BYU started the first quarter on a quick 4-0 run. Idaho responded and the two teams exchanged goals throughout the quarter. The Cougars continued to build their lead in the second quarter  and were on top 9-3 at the half.

“I think we could have come out a bit stronger,” attackmen Andrew McKinley said. “I don’t think today was necessarily an indictment of our best performance but we still gave a strong effort.”

The third quarter was lower scoring for the Cougars with just one goal while the Vandals added two to end the quarter 10-5. BYU finished the fourth quarter strong with a 13-7 final.

Head coach Matt Schneck said that this game featured many of the younger players in the second half.

“I’m always happy when more of the roster can get more experience,” Schneck said. “And a win’s a win. We came and accomplished what we set out to do.”

Schneck added that it was unusual for the Cougars to play on a  Monday afternoon. Some team members had previous academic commitments to fulfill and could not attend while others were hurrying to make it in time from class.

“It made it a little off-balance at first,” Schneck said. “But we will give them some rest days before we pick it up again to prepare for our game on Saturday.”

BYU hosts New Hampshire on Saturday, March 19.



Defense Saves BYU Against Arizona State

Defense Saves BYU Against Arizona State
03.13.2016 - By Mykel Severson

They say defense wins games. That was the story of BYU vs Arizona State on March 12th on the North University Field at BYU. Outstanding defensive play from the Cougars in the last minute of the game, despite being man down, and a brilliant save helped BYU beat a fast, hungry Arizona State team, 8 to 7.

“I don’t know any better way to put it than ‘it was an ugly game,'” reflected BYU head coach Matt Schneck, “fortunately we had some great goalie play — [Matt] Brandenburg had a great game — that game could have gone either way; it’s what you’d expect from two top teams.”

BYU won the first draw of the game and came down shooting. They were turned away by Arizona State Goalie Russell Bartle. Speedy transition play by the Sun Devils resulted in the first goal of the game by midfielder Adam Beauchamp. ASU won the next faceoff, but their shot was gathered in by BYU goalie Matt Brandenburg. BYU ASU 2016 2Cougar defense cleared the ball, and freshman attackman Winston Farley scored the first BYU goal, skimming the carpet, assisted by Bobby Meinhold. Sun Devil middie Zac Mathien was a beast in the face with perfect technique and unmatched speed, bringing the ball to his offense once again. The Cougars countered with powerful, relentless defense from Boston Handley, Quentin Willey, and Harrison Wardle, as well as a nice pick-off by Cougar long-stick middie, Max Neser mid-quarter. BYU struggled with clears, but defense continued messing with the Sun Devil’s attack, and the quarter ended in a one-to-one tie.

BYU Lacrosse to Play ASU Sun Devils

BYU Lacrosse to Play ASU Sun Devils

Provo, UT – No. 4 BYU will take on No. 9 Arizona State University this Saturday, March 14th at 4:00pm at the North University Lacrosse Field. The Cougars are entering thei 7th game of the season with a record of 5 wins and 1 loss.  The Sun Devils will be coming to Provo with 2 wins and 2 losses on the season.  

The Cougars will need to prepare well to add another win to their season. We talked to BYU’s Head Coach Matt Schneck about his thoughts of the upcoming game. 

BYU: What are you looking forward to in this upcoming game against ASU?

Schneck: Arizona State is always a top team in the country. They have a great coach, they have great players and we are expecting a tough game. We are preparing our team for a physically challenging game and hoping to learn from our most recent games in Las Vegas.

BYU: Are there any players on BYU’s team that you expect to have a great impact in Saturday’s game?

Schneck: We are expecting great things from everyone that steps on the field.  More specifically though, we always look for solid goalie and face-off play.  We are happy with the strength of our defense and the diversity of our offense. We are looking forward to a great game on Saturday.

Tickets for the game can be purchased online at or at the gate at North University Lacrosse Field. You can also follow us on twitter @BYULacrosse for consistent game updates. 

BYU to take on Chapman and San Diego State

BYU to take on Chapman and San Diego State

BYU will hit the road to travel to Henderson Nevada where they will face #2 Chapman University and #16 San Diego State University. On Friday March 4th, the Cougars will play Chapman at 6:00pm in Adventura Park in Henderson. Then on Saturday March 5th, the Cougars will play San Diego at 5:30pm in Adventura Park as well. Both games are open to the public with Friday's game being streamed online through the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC), the link can be found through the SLC twitter or through the MCLA website.

The Cougars have been having an uphill battle so far this season competing against teams that are better than the last. Chapman is a powerhouse team that has always given a good game for BYU. The Cougars have been doing all they can to prepare for this game for the past two weeks.

Assistant Coach and Offensive Coordinator Marty Wescott said that competing against Chapman will be the most challenging game the Cougars will have so far. He said that Chapman’s defense will be hard to crack. He said as long as BYU’s offense keeps the fundamental skills of the game down they will be able to beat the Chapman defense. Coach Wescott also said that great individual talent will also help the team to win such as #6 Chase Miller, #20 Chris Severson, and  #42 Winston Farley to name only a few.