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The Cougars defeated Boston College and proved their worthiness of the #1 seed in a quarterfinal game of the MCLA National Championships on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 BYU's defensive shutout in the second half secured the win as they advance to the next round to face #5 UC Santa Barbara at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas, TX.
Boston College was on the board first when Adam Gardner-Smith (Falmouth, MA/Taft) drew a slide and connected with Ryan O'Neill (Wayne, PA/St. Joseph's Prep) for the score. The Cougars earned their first goal when Elliot Grow (Holladay, UT/Highland) passed to Tyler Monteath (Littleton, CO/Columbine) who ripped a shot top shelf. BYU followed with another goal when Mark Davis (Potomac, MD/Bullis) found Justin Hier (Poway, CA/Poway) wide open next to the cage.
Boston College tied the game a few minutes later when Gardner-Smith found Alex Vinton (Denver, CO/East) open on the crease for an easy shot. The Cougars regained the lead when Grow ripped a shot into the net for an unassisted goal. Hier connected with Monteath for the next BYU goal ending the quarter with the Cougars up 5-2.
BYU scored their only goal of the quarter when Monteath drove straight to the cage and scored on a transition play. The Eagles scored the other goal of the half thanks to a nice pass from O'Neill that left Gardner-Smith open for the shot and the score. BYU had a 6-3 lead going into the half.
The Cougars came out quick in the third quarter when Grow found Steve Naegle (Pleasanton, CA/Foothills) cutting through the crease for a point blank shot. Grow assisted on the next play as well finding Ted Ferrin open on the crease. BYU continued to pull away when Josh Austin (Brewster, NY/Brewster) dished the ball to Ferrin across the crease for the score. Grow earned his fourth assist of the game finding Naegle on the crease once again for his second goal. The BYU defense shut out the Eagles during the third period giving them a larger lead of 10-3.
The fourth quarter brought only one goal when Grow scored his second of the game on a dodge from the top of the box giving BYU an eight-goal lead. Boston College gave no signs of a comeback as the Cougars finished with an 11-3 win over the Eagles.
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