Lopes’ Rodas notches “hat trick” in 12-7 defeat to BYU
By: Giovanni Hicks/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff
Photo Credit: Taylor Hansen
Despite being tied up at the half, the Grand Canyon University Men’s Lacrosse team’s offense sputtered in the second half, falling, 12-7, to Brigham Young University Thursday night at Prescott Field on the GCU campus. The matchup was the Lopes’ first clash against an opponent in 361 days, and was the season opener for both schools.
Trailing, 3-1, midway through the first quarter, the Lopes’ offense began to churn – led by GCU returners Griffin Rodas and Grayson Goodyear. After Rodas scored his second goal of the night to cut the deficit to one, Goodyear’s goal tied the score at 3-3 just over three minutes into the second period. After the Cougars took back a 5-3 lead, the Lopes’ combination of Kyle Crews and Nick Whittall peppered the BYU defense with three goals in a three-minute span late in the half before BYU scored to send the game to halftime knotted at 6-6.
Rodas fired his third goal of the night into the net to tie it at 7-7 midway through the 3rd quarter, but the Cougars’ defense stiffened from there and shut down the Lopes the rest of the way.
“We came out and matched BYU’s energy almost the entire game,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Jeff Guy. “It’s something that I have stressed heavily in practice, and we did a good job of it tonight.”
In addition to Rodas’ “hat trick”, Whittall posted two goals, a pair of assists, and led the team with five ground balls.
“This was a high-intensity match, and we embraced that,” said Rodas. “We ended up coming short in the scoring column, but our overall effort was there.”
The Lopes have little time to ponder the loss, since the homestand continues this Saturday, March 6 against Utah Valley University. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 pm on Prescott Field.
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