PROVO, UT — In front of a sold-out crowd at the Indoor Practice Facility on the campus of Brigham Young University, BYU and UNLV squared-off in what was the opening MCLA-game of the season for the Cougars.
BYU got on the board first with a goal from Chandler Wescott. The Cougars then added two more goals from Chris Severson and Connor Bernal. UNLV finally answered back with a goal from Quinton Eissler, who finished with six goals on the night.
BYU’s offense exploded in the second quarter, managing a balanced attack from players like Winston Farley, Harry Waddoups, and Zach Labrum. In total, 11 different players tallied goals for the Cougars in what was a strong dose of team offense.
“We were pleased with it, especially in the second quarter. We thought the guysdid fantastic,” said BYU head coach Matt Schneck about his team’s offensive production. “I thought that we had a lot of freestyle play tonight, which was fun, even though it was organized and very specific in regards to setting it up. They did a great job executing it.”
However, Coach Schneck said there are things to shore up on the defensive side of the ball. “First and foremost I think that UNLV did a good job of spreading us out on the defense,” said Schneck. “I think the defensive set that we were using some of our guys hadn’t spent as much time in it. It had an impact on our slide package.”
Overall, Schneck said it was “great team effort.”
Schneck noted how special this team has been so far for the Cougars. When asked about the unity of the team, Schneck responded by saying, “That has been something that has been a focus since day one in the fall.” Schneck continued, “Give credit to our captains, the leadership that they’re putting in. The focus that they’re putting on team unity has been fantastic.”
Schneck added, “So, far we’re seeing some good results.”
BYU’s next games will be in California on a two-game road trip where they will face both Stanford and California.