The last time Brigham Young met Colorado State in Fort Collins, they were outplayed. Turn-about was fair play in the first game of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference tournament. BYU controlled the pace from the opening face-off and the Cougar defense was spot-on. CSU tied the game once, but after half-time it was all BYU. The Cougars won 10 to 5.
BYU face-off specialist Jack Vassau won the opening draw. The Cougars showed patience in their first possession and it paid off with the first goal from Zach Labrum. BYU came out with the next draw and two passes later they had their second goal from Tanner Johnson setting their bench and their fans on fire. CSU secured the next face and went to work. Two shots were turned away by BYU goalie Matt Brandenburg, and BYU’s exceptional defensive middie, Connor Williams, took it the other way. CSU goalie, Frank Bender, made a save, sending the ball back the other way, but Williams stole it back. BYU was unable to score again during the quarter, but outstanding defense led by Boston Handley and Harrison Wardle kept CSU’s attack off balance. The first quarter ended with the Cougars up two and the Rams shut out.