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#1 BYU defeated #3 Oregon in the MCLA National Championship game on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at Pizza Hut Park in Dallas, TX. The Cougars dominated on offense and defense as they proved their worth to be seeded #1 going into the tournament. The final score was 16-9 giving BYU their third national championship since the tournament began in 1997.
The Ducks tallied the first goal with 14:20 on the clock when the ball rolled in front of the cage after a gilman pass and Clay Knope (Lake Oswego, OR/Lake Oswego) picked it up for the score. BYU scored a man-up goal less then a minute later when Tyler Monteath (Littleton, CO/Columbine) passed to Steve Naegle (Pleasanton, CA/Foothills) who then fired a shot into the net.
The Cougars scored again when Justin Hier (Poway, CA/Poway) made a powerful dodge to the cage and dumped it in the goal before falling into the crease. Hier followed with a nice assist where he found Monteath wide open above the cage for the goal. Defenseman Britton Cone (Potomac, MD/Walt Whitman) scored the next goal for BYU when he picked up the ground ball on the face-off and made his way towards the net.
Oregon slowed BYU's momentum when Cody Aldrich (Lake Oswego, OR/Lakeside) curled around the front of cage and slipped one between the pipes. The Ducks followed with another score by Josh Schane (Lake Oswego, OR/Lake Oswego) to end the quarter with BYU in the lead 4-3.
BYU extended their lead early in the second quarter when Monteath found Ted Ferrin (Holladay, UT/Olympus) cutting through the crease for a top shelf shot and the goal. The Cougars scored again when Hier took another strong dodge to the goal and bounced one past the goalie for the score. BYU scored their second man-up goal when Monteath connected with Ferrin who was wide open on the crease.
The next score came when Monteath found Naegle open once again for another fast shot that hit the back of the net. The Cougars continued to score and this time Josh Austin Brewster, NY/Brewster) connected with Paul Davis (Potomac,MD/Bullis) for the goal. With two seconds left on the clock Paul Davis connected with his older brother Mark for the last goal of the quarter. BYU dominated the second period, the Cougar defense shut out Oregon's offense and they scored six straight goals making the score 10-3 at halftime.
BYU continued their scoring streak in the second half as Davis scored another unassisted goal when he flicked the ball into the net during a scrum in front of the cage. The streak ended soon after when Julian Coffman (Berkley, CA/Berkley) found Schane open on the crease for an easy shot and score. Schane followed with another goal by dodging from the side of the cage and finding the back of the net.
The Cougars wouldn't let Oregon make a come back like they did against CSU the night before and Hier proved it by scoring his third goal of the game on an unassisted shot. Hier then found Paul Davis cutting towards the net as he made an acrobatic low-to-high and behind the back shot for the goal. Coffman of Oregon scored the next goal by beating his defender and gaining topside. BYU scored their third man-up goal of the game when Hier found Ferrin open on the crease for his third of the game.
Oregon scored midway through the quarter on a fast break where Trevor Tesar (Lake Oswego, OR/Lakeside) took it to the cage from midfield. Ferrin then scored his fourth of the game for BYU after receiving a pass and finding his way to the front of the cage. The Cougars scored again when freshman Jesse Curtis (Sandy, UT/Brighton) connected with Dan Crawforth (Eagle, ID/Centennial) for the goal. Oregon finished the game with two goals from Justin Blackmore (Lake Oswego, OR/Lakeside) and Clay Knope. The game was over with the number 1-seeded BYU crowned as MCLA Division A National Champions by a score of 16-9 over Oregon.
- BYU has won three National Championships: 1997, 2000, and now 2007. - 2007 is Oregon's first appearance in a National Championship game. - BYU has won 16 straight games. - Oregon defeated BYU by a score of 8-7 in a regular season game on 3/2/2007 - Every BYU player got playing time - BYU has played in the National Tournament every year since it first started in 1997 - Six different Cougars scored in the second quarter - Stat leaders: Ted Ferrin (4 goals,), Justin Hier (3 goals, 3 assists) - Dominating stats: Shots (BYU 65, Oregon 26), Ground Balls (BYU 73, Oregon 44) - BYU scored on 4 of 6 man-up opportunities, Oregon went 0 of 7
"This team is national champions because they are talented, they put in tremendous amounts of effort, and the they work well together"
- Jason Lamb, Head Coach
"After watching the way Oregon's invert hurt CSU in the semifinal game of the tournament we made some adjustments on defense that really paid off for us"
Matt Schneck, Assistant Coach
"I always come out and try to do my best no matter what game I'm playing in. I know that my teammates have my back and I wouldn't be the player I am today without them. Its always one of my goals to get every player a chance to play, I loved that in the National Championship game all of my teammates were able to get in the game"
-Tyler Monteath (Littleton, CO/Columbine) Junior - Midfielder
"It felt really good to go out as a National Champion, I wouldn't have had it any other way. I am sad that my lacrosse career is over but it was a good experience and I was happy to be a part of this program."
- Zack Davis (Orem,UT/Orem) Senior - Defensive Midfielder