March 25, 2013 in Team Info
The Spring Coast Classic started off on a beautiful Saturday morning. With the sun bright and shining, the Yellow Jackets faced off against Loyola PR for their first game. Loyola took an impressive lead early showing their experience and dominance in the pool with a score of 7-1 at the half. The situation did not improve into the second half, but Charlie Oliva didn’t give up and put in Tech’s only two goals of the game. The game ended with a score of 18-2 and the Puerto Ricans continued to steam roll the tournament from then on.
Later that day Georgia Tech got back in the pool against Tampa. Tampa came out of the gates strong with a score of 6-1 in the first quarter. In the second quarter Charlie Oliva put the team on his back and gave the Yellow Jackets new life with 4 goals. Patrick Slane added one more and the team’s defense stepped it up to make it a 9-6 halftime score. Tech rode the momentum into the 3rd quarter with big saves and big plays on offense and defense. Everybody was chipping in goals as the Yellow Jackets refused to give up. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough as Tampa rallied to stop the comeback and close it out with a final score of 16-11.
The Spring Break weather returned for St. Paddy’s Day and the second day of games for Tech. Both Georgia Tech and FIT joined forces for a scrimmage against Tampa in place of UCF. Tampa won handedly and Tech and FIT moved on immediately to their game. Georgia Tech was ready to go and came out in-sync with strong play on both sides of the pool. Steals from Natalie Lembeck, and goals from Patrick, Charlie and Mo, gave Tech a 5-1 advantage at the half. The game stayed on pace and with a few more goals, namely a man-up score out of Bruno Queirazza, Tech put away their win with a final score of 9-3.
For the fourth and final game of the day, Georgia Tech played FAU. Unfortunately some of Tech’s players had to leave before this game, but some players from FIT filled in. Regardless FAU and Tech were in a deadlocked game with Tech answering all of FAU’s goals. Viviana Castagna, Lynn Huynh, and Natalie Lembeck all put goals in on the FAU defense, but FAU managed hold on to their early lead. It was a thriller that ended in a loss for Tech 8-9 and closed out the tournament.