Fort Collins, COLO – Despite a 10-7 setback at the hands of the 2nd ranked Arizona State Sundevils on Sunday, the Colorado State Rams remained at #3 in the MCLA national polls this week. The Rams fell to 5-1 overall after splitting their games in the 2nd Annual Lacrosse Coaches vs. Cancer event and will welcome two ranked teams to Fort Collins this weekend. #13 Sonoma State and #22 Florida State will visit on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon respectively.
CSU’s first test comes Friday night at 7 p.m. as Sonoma State, one of the program’s biggest out of conference rivals, makes their third-ever visit to CSU. Sonoma is currently ranked #13 in the country and sport a 4-2 record. In their six games, the Seawolves have scored 81 goals, including a 26 point explosion last weekend against UC-Davis. Sonoma is led by junior attackman Brad Bochesa, who has 28 points thus far in 2015.
The Rams and Seawolves have a long and storied history in the MCLA, including several exciting games in the national tournament. CSU won the last meeting 9-4 in the 2013 national quarterfinal round and holds a 9-4 overall edge in MCLA history dating back to 1999.
On Sunday at 1 p.m., the Rams play #22 Florida State for the first time in team history. The Seminoles raced out a 4-0 start before falling to fellow SELC rival Georgia Tech last weekend. FSU has a potent attack unit led by Will and Davis Goodman, who, along with Cole Lindquist, have combined for 81 points on the year.
CSU’s top three scorers all hail from Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, CO. Sophomores Ashton Monheiser andBrian Taggart have 19 and 14 points respectively while freshman Alec Womack has added nine on the young season. Sophomore goalie David Salamie (Lakeridge HS; Lake Oswego, OR) has been solid between the pipes for the Rams, posting a 5.01 goals against average while saving 69% of his shots in 311 minutes of play.
Both games are free to the public and will be held on campus at Colorado State University on the Intramural fields just south of the Student Rec Center. During Spring Break, CSU also will host #7 Grand Canyon and #6 Chapman on March 19 and 21.