The men’s club lacrosse team played West Virginia on Feb. 19 at the SAC fields in front of a home crowd. Tech came into the game at 3-2, having lost their last game to Alabama in Tuscaloosa, 7-5.
Despite coming from off a road loss, the Jackets played stout defense en route to a 5-3 win against the visiting West Virginia Mountaineers.
The Jackets jumped out to an early lead in the first two quarters with aggressive attack play to complement the strong goaltending. Tech outscored West Virginia 3-2, with goals coming from seniors Greg Horton and Casey Timmerman and freshman Colin Granger.
“Our midfielders played well both ways and our attack men were just able to find the back of the net several times when we really needed it,” Horton said.
Timmerman leads the team in points, scoring 11 goals to go with four assists, and Horton and Granger both notched their second goals of this young season. Both are tied for fourth on the team in scoring.
Senior goal keeper Sam Karpowicz played an impressive game in the net, allowing just three goals, good for a .833 save percentage. The defense in front of Karpowicz was equally as stout, allowing just 15 shots against.
“I thought our defense played really well. Sam Karpowicz was like Stonewall Jackson in the goal, West Virginia couldn’t get by him and they peppered him a lot”, Horton said.
The Jackets continued their strong play in the final two quarters, with goals from junior Chris Roden and freshman Scott Schorer.
Tech was selective in their shots and picked their spots to make every offensive possession count to advancing their game plan. Though Tech took 24 shots in the game, they capitalized on five of those scoring opportunities, each time, pulling further ahead of the Mountaineers.
The Jackets also played a disciplined game and didn’t commit a single penalty.
The Jackets look to extend their win streak when they play the Kentucky Wildcats at the SAC fields Sunday Feb. 27. The game will be the team’s last home game until next month when State University of New York-Buffalo travels to Atlanta to face Tech.