BYU Defense Stymies Clan, Gives No. 5 Cougars Win Over No. 20 Simon Fraser

BYU Defense Stymies Clan, Gives No. 5 Cougars Win Over No. 20 Simon Fraser
02.21.2016 - By Mykel Severson

Defense was the name of the game in BYU’s early-season win against Simon Fraser. The Clan had its moments, even leading the contest early in the second quarter, but the Coug’s defense took over and shut The Clan down, giving BYU the 12-8 victory.

The game started with a face-off win and shot from SFU. Cougar Goalie Matt Brandenburg saved and cleared to his offense. BYU took a shot, and was denied by SFU Goalie Jeremy Lashar. Back on offense, The Clan showed their patience and excellent passing skills, and eventually Lyndon Knuttila drew first blood. BYU responded in kind with the next face and a fast-break goal from Chase Miller. Jack Vassau took control of the next draw, and after a couple of turnovers for both teams, BYU had possession, patiently passing until Andrew McKinley found Josh Tunick for goal number two. The Clan gained possession and passed around the outer perimeter looking for the perfect opportunity. They found it when Tyler Kirkby fed Greg Lunde, and the game was all knotted up. SFU took control again and Knuttila assisted Kirkby to take the lead. After a face-off win by The Clan, BYU midfielder Connor Williams picked the ball out of the air, sprinted down field and hit Chris Severson, who tied it up. At the end of one it was 3 to 3.


BYU Men’s Lacrosse to take on UNLV


BYU vs UNLV  -  Saturday, February 13th at 1pm on North University Field


Provo, Utah – No. 8 BYU Cougars will be playing the UNLV Rebels at the North University Fields this Saturday, February 13th at 1p.m.

This will be the team’s second game of the 2016 spring season after their 31-3 win against Utah State University last Saturday. This will also be UNLV’s second game of the season after defeating San Diego State, the No. 9 ranked team in the country last weekend 11 - 10. The Cougars played the Rebels last year and won 18 to 4 in Las Vegas and they are hoping for another victory this weekend.

We asked BYU Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Matt Schneck a few questions in preparation for this week’s game.

BYU: What are your thoughts about your upcoming game against UNLV?

Schneck: We are very excited about our upcoming game versus UNLV.  This has been a great annual tradition that was started several years ago and we look forward to continuing the tradition this year.

BYU: What do you expect from playing UNLV?

Schneck: UNLV has a great squad this year and just took down the No 9 team in the country, SDSU.  We are preparing for a tough game and know that they will be bringing their best.

BYU: Who are some players on UNLV’s team that you have your eye on?

Schneck:  Senior midfielder Eric Jones had a great game against SDSU and we will be paying special attention to see how Coach Gagnon plans on using him in our game on Saturday.

We talked to some of the team players this week as they prepare for the upcoming game.

CureSearch Walk for Children's Cancer

For Immediate Release                                                                           


BYU Men’s Lacrosse Team to walk in CureSearch for Children’s Cancer Walk on September 26.


Opening Ceremony and Walk                                                                      

10:00 am                                                                                

 Event Location                                                                                       

Sugar House Park (Map)

1300 East 2100 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84115


 Contact: Laura Wardle  

Cell: 973.229.3930


Brigham Young University’s Men’s Lacrosse Team will again join with local leaders and community members as a part of this year’s Salt Lake City CureSearch Walk. The fundraising event to support life-saving children’s cancer research takes place September 26 at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City. The day will include music, food and fun activities with the aim of honorably celebrating children from the region affected by cancer.

BYU Lacrosse Announces 2015 Schedule

CONTACT: Maddie Wiley

PROVO, UT— The BYU Lacrosse team has announced the Cougar’s schedule for the upcoming 2015 season, which includes 16 regular season games. The Cougar’s will be hosting 7 of these games at home, and will be playing 9 games on the road.

The Cougars are ranked No. 3 in the country, based on pre-season ranking published on 412 Lax and will be facing 7 ranked teams, both home and away. These ranked teams include Colorado, Colorado State, Michigan State, Grand Canyon, Arizona, Westminster and Simon Fraser.

BYU will kick off their season on February 12th against San Diego State in San Diego, California. The Cougars will then head to Las Vegas on February 14th to play UNLV. The Cougars will start March off with three games in three days in Arizona, March 5th-7th at the Coaches vs Cancer tournament held in Phoenix. BYU will play Minnesota, No. 9 Grand Canyon and No. 7 Michigan State in Arizona.

The first home game of the season will be played against Minnesota Duluth on March 14th on North University Field in Provo. The following Monday, March 16th, BYU will head to Las Vegas to play No. 12 Arizona. The Cougars will then be playing back to back games on Friday the 27th at Utah Valley University and Saturday the 28th, the Cougars will host Washington State at home.

MCLA’s Cream of the Crop: BYU 2015 season preview

BYU Co-Captain #9 Nick Stevens. Photo by Victoria Harris, All American Shots

It’s easy to forget how great BYU was last season because of its early-round postseason exit, but the experienced Cougars will definitely be contending for the championship in 2015.

By Trey Lanthier Updated: December 23, 2014

(Photo: Elliot Miller/BYU Universe)

The Cougars’ 2014 season might most be remembered for how it ended, but the perennial contenders could be fielding one of their best teams in years with a massive amount of returners and experience. The RMLC is tough for any team, but BYU should be considered among its front-runners as well as a heavy contender for the national title in 2015. This is part of an ongoing series during which we will focus on one of the MCLA’s top teams each day, counting down till Christmas to the true “cream of the crop.”

BYU Cougars Name 2015 Captains

BYU Co-Captain #6 Mike Fabrizio

For Immediate Release – BYU Men’s Lacrosse

PROVO, UT— The BYU Lacrosse team has announced two captains for the 2015 season. Senior Mike Fabrizio and sophomore Harrison Wardle will be leading the cougars.

Mike Fabrizio is a senior from Bountiful, Utah. Fabrizio, a two-time MCLA All-American (2013 and 2014) was a MCLA 2nd Team All-American Attack player and a MCLA Scholar Athlete in the 2014 season. Fabrizio averages 3.06 points per game and has scored 94 goals during his career.

“I am committed to doing anything it takes to help us win,” said Fabrizio. “At the end of the day, I don’t think there is anyone on our team from coaches to players who doesn’t honestly believe that we have what it take this year.”

For Fabrizio, this season means more than just winning—it means stepping up and being a leader. Fabrizio is excited about the team he has seen this past fall and is excited to see how the pieces of the team will come together this season.

Harrison Wardle is a sophomore from Mendham, New Jersey. Wardle, a high school lacrosse All-American recently returned home from his two-year church mission to Phoenix, Arizona. In 2012, Wardle was honored as an RMLC All-Conference Defensive player. Wardle had 13 groundballs in the 2012 season and was a critical member of the defensive unit.

“I have a lot to learn from the guys on this team and am looking forward to playing along side them,” said Wardle.