MCLA: Florida’s Byrnes Has Commanding Performance
via MCLA press release ATLANTA – After lead the Gators to a pair of key non-conference road victories, Florida junior attackman Liam Byrnes earns MCLA Division I Commanding Performance of the Week powered by Under Armour for the period ending Feb. 10. The burly (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) attackman started the weekend by dishing out three assists in the Gators’ 9-5 victory against LSU in Baton Rouge. He also gobbled up four ground balls in the victory. On Saturday, the Garden City, N.Y., product struck for a hat trick against Oklahoma as Florida completed the weekend sweep with a 12-4 triumph. “Both our contests this weekend started as low-scoring, defensive affairs,” said Florida coach Garrett Hanrahan. “Goaltending was excellent in both games, and it was clear early on that the team to find its offensive spark first would have the inside track to a win. “Liam provided us with that spark in both contests and did so in a balanced manner, setting up his teammates for goals and finishing his own looks when the opportunities arose. His offensive production was excellent all weekend and was a critical factor in helping us pick up two big road wins.” For his efforts in earning the Commanding Performance of the Week powered by Under Armour, Byrnes will receive a new Under Armour Command Head – a $100 value. Under Armour is the proud sponsor of the MCLA. Under Armour Honor Roll Amar Batra, Jr. – Minnesota The Gophers swept a weekend series against D-II No. 1 NDSU and Iowa State. Batra had a goal and an assist against the Bison before dropping nine points (7g, 2a) on the Cyclones. Tommy Dell’Erario, Fr. – Dominican In his first two college games, the attackman scored nine goals and dished out three assists in wins over Chico State and Claremont. Griffin Giles, Sr. – South Carolina The Gamecocks midfielder helped South Carolina rally from a three-goal halftime deficit by scoring two goals and setting up two others in a win over No. 14 Florida State. A.J. Guralas, Sr. – Cal Poly The Mustangs gave Cal everything they could handle in a narrow loss, thanks to Guralas, who scored seven goals and set up an eighth. Austin Koury, Soph. – Auburn The Tigers improved to 3-0 with victories over South Florida and East Carolina. Koury Combined for nine goals and six dimes in the wins. Brandon Mayo, Sr. – Concordia-Irvine In the season opening win over UCLA, the attackman netted six goals and set up three others for a nine-point performance.