Colorado State Goes 2-0 in Opening Weekend
Loveland, CO – The Colorado State Rams used a balanced and deep scoring attack and smothering ride to outpace visiting MCLA Division II Northern Colorado on Sunday afternoon at the Loveland Sports Park. The Rams jumped out to a 6-1 first quarter lead and kept the pressure on all the way to the end in a convincing 17-3 victory over a scrappy and hard-working UNC squad.
The Rams scored five goals in each of the first two periods as they put relentless pressure on the UNC goal. An eight point effort by junior Austin Fisher (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) led the way for the Rams, who also got three assists from sophomore Sean Smith (Amherst HS / Amherst, NY).
CSU again found success on the ride and in the face-off game. Junior Dan Warfield (Smoky Hill HS / Aurora, CO) was the catalyst for the Rams with an 11/15 day at the ‘x,’ including scoring an impressive goal in the third quarter. The Rams won a total of 16/23 draws on the afternoon. UNC struggled to clear throughout the contest, failing in nearly half of their 29 attempts.
CSU (2-0 overall) travels to Portland this week to take on two highly ranked teams in #18 Simon Fraser and #4 Chapman as part of the Southridge Lacrosse Classic. Both games will be televised on www.laxx.tv for a fee and Ram fans are encouraged to head over to watch the live stream if you aren’t able to join us in Oregon.
Colorado Springs, CO – The #3 ranked Colorado State Rams used smothering defense and a dominant performance at the face-off ‘x’ to easily dispatch NCAA Division II Adams State College on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Garry Berry Stadium at Wasson HS. The Rams never trailed in the game and dominated every statistical category, including an astonishing 13 of 14 face-offs, to put away the Grizzlies 9-3. CSU wins its season opener for the third straight season.
Colorado State junior face-off midfielder Dan Warfield (Smoky Hill HS / Aurora, CO) was perfect on the day, winning all 11 of his draw attempts and giving the Rams extra opportunities with the ball all game long. In addition, CSU’s ride was in full effect, creating 14 ASC turnovers in the clearing game.
While the Rams offense was stagnant at times, the defense was downright dominant, holding Adams to only 16 total shots. Goaltenders Jack Regan (Sunset HS / Portland, OR) and Koltin Fatzinger (Wheat Ridge HS / Thornton, CO) combined for 12 saves on the afternoon and all six active close defenders held the Grizzly attack to minimal opportunities.
CSU was led in scoring by sophomore Kacy Carter’s (Rock Canyon HS / Castle Rock, CO) three goals while sophomore Sean Smith (Amherst HS / Amherst, NY) added four assists for the Rams. Kevin Bertrand scored two goals to lead Adams State.
Colorado State (1-0 overall) runs its all-time record against the Grizzlies to 2-0. The Rams are back in action on Sunday as they take on MCLA Div. II Northern Colorado at the Loveland Sports Park in Loveland, CO. Next weekend, CSU travels to Portland, OR to take on two nationally ranked teams in #18 Simon Fraser and #4 Chapman. Both games will be aired on www.laxx.tv.