CU To Play in RLMC Final
Colorado Mesa University played host to the 2014 RMLC playoffs in Grand Junction, Colorado. After winning the regular season conference title, the University of Colorado Buffaloes (13-2, 4-0 RMLC) were rewarded with the top overall seed in the conference tournament. Due to the Buffaloes seeding, they were given a first round bye. The fourth seeded Westminster Griffins (11-5, 1-3 RMLC) had to battle with fifth seed, Utah (4-12, 0-4 RMLC) for the chance to advance and play the Buffaloes. With the chance for a national tournament bid on the line, Westminster defeated Utah 23 – 7 and was ready to face the Buffaloes. If the regular season meeting between the two schools was any indication of how the game would go, fans were in for a fast paced, gritty lacrosse game.
The Buffaloes came out very fast and strong in what started as a physical game. Three unanswered goals for the Buffaloes to start the first quarter set the tone for the rest of the match-up. The Griffins were able to get their first goal of the game towards the end of the first quarter, but were immediately answered by the Buffaloes. The end of the first quarter arrived with the Buffaloes leading four to one.
The first quarter didn’t seem to have any effect on either team as both continued to play very fast and physical to start the second quarter. Both teams scored very fast in the second quarter, putting tallies on the board before letting a minute expire from the game clock. The game continued with the back and forth pace, but saw no goals until the Buffaloes found themselves on a three minute man-up opportunity and scored three goals. The Buffaloes had opened up a six goal lead, with the score at eight to two, by the time the penalty expired and even-strength play resumed. Neither team would score again in the first half, as the Buffaloes carried a commanding lead in to the second half of play.
Colorado continued their scoring run in the second half, adding two more goals to take a ten to two lead in the third quarter. Westminster stopped the bleeding by getting a goal mid way through the third quarter. Colorado continued to attack getting a goal only moments later and building an eleven to three lead. Both teams would add another goal to their totals, sending the game in to the fourth quarter with Colorado protecting an eleven to four lead. Some fourth quarter scoring brought the final score to fifteen to eight; but in the end, the top seeded Buffaloes were able to dismiss the fourth seeded Griffins. The Buffaloes will move on to face BYU in the RMLC championship tomorrow at 7 PM MDT from Grand Junction.
For up to the minute playoff updates, stay tuned to the men’s lacrosse twitter account @CUMensLacrosse.