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BYU Olympic Sports Recap: BYU Hockey wins MWCHL Tournament

Several Olympic Sports teams were in action this weekend, including BYU Track and Field breaking school records.

Hockey

BYU Hockey participated in the Mountain West Collegiate Hockey League from Thursday through Friday in the annual conference tournament. On Thursday, the Cougars faced off against UVU in the first round of the tournament. The Cougars scored first, but the Wolverines would tie things up and eventually lead at 3-2 after the first period. However, the Cougars woke up in the second period, and scored three quick goals to go up 5-3. The Cougars eventually won the first round game by a score of 6-3. The win was the Cougars sixth over the Wolverines this season.

On Friday, the Cougars traveled to Logan to face off against the University of Providence out of Great Falls, MT in the semi-final. The Cougars won by a score of 5-2, and set up a championship with the Utah State Aggies.

The Cougars opened up with a goal in the first period, and would eventually add a second in the game to beat the Aggies 2-0. Goalkeeper Jared Manzella made 48 saves in the shutout victory, and the Cougars won their fourth straight over the Aggies, and completed a 5-1 season against their rival.

Volleyball

Men’s Volleyball lost its third and fourth straight this week in its first two conference matches. The Cougars were swept at Pepperdine on Wednesday. On Saturday, they faced UCLA, and won their first set, ending a nine-set losing streak. The Cougars would then drop the next three to the Bruins, falling to 4-4 on the season.

Track and Field

Cougar athletes competed in the Iowa State Classic and the Texas Tech Shootout last week. Two Cougars broke school records at the Iowa State Classic. Clayton Young set a new 5000m record for the Cougars with an astonishing time of 13:34.46, while Erika Birk Jarvis ran an impressive 3000m in 9:00.69.

Men’s Lacrosse

Men’s lacrosse had their season opener on Saturday evening at the IPF, trampling Boise State by a final score of 21-3. The Cougars will next play on Friday and Saturday, at Concordia-Irvine and UC Santa Barbara.

Women’s Lacrosse

The ladies’ lacrosse team traveled to Grand Junction to open their season by playing Colorado Mesa and Colorado College. The Cougars first faced Colorado Mesa, losing 15-12. The Cougars then faced Colorado College the next day, falling 20-8.

Gymnastics

The Gymnastics team won a quad-meet on Saturday, beating Air Force, Seattle Pacific, and Springfield College. The Cougars scored 196.425 in the meet.

Tennis

Men’s and Women’s tennis were in action at home this past weekend. The women’s team started on Friday against Boise State, beating the Broncos by a score of 4-2. On Saturday the played New Mexico, and swept the Lobos 4-0. The men’s team hosted Santa Clara in their conference opener, and also swept the Broncos, 4-0.

Softball

BYU’s softball team traveled to Puerto Vallarta to compete in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge last week, facing tough competition from Thursday to Saturday. The Cougars first fell to No. 9 South Carolina, 3-4. They then knocked off 18th-ranked Baylor, 4-3. The Cougars would then lose their next two games, falling to Liberty by a score of 3-13 and North Carolina, 4-5.