This originally was going to start as a Quick Sticks post, that was until I was scouring Twitter and saw the score of the Colorado State vs. Brigham Young. Ready for this?
Is this real life? My jaw just about hit the floor. I know for a fact that BYU is no slouch and they look forward to this game just as much, if not more, than any other game on their schedule. But 16-5? That’s a butt whoopin’ no matter how you look at it. Especially when it comes on the road for the Rams.
CSU was up 6-1 after the first quarter, 10-4 through three quarters, and then went on another 6-1 run in the 4th quarter to give them the big 16-5 win. Looks like a pretty complete game to me.
Will anyone be able to take down Colorado State this year?
Let’s start out with a couple main statistics for the Rams, as compared to the other top 5 teams in the MCLA D1
Goals Against Average
1. Colorado State – 4.6
2. Arizona State – 5.7
3. Colorado – 6.2
Chapman – 6.2
5. BYU – 7.1
Goals Per Game
1. Arizona State – 13.4
2. Colorado State – 12.6
3. Colorado – 12.4
4. BYU – 12.3
5. Chapman – 10.6
Obviously, you can make what you want of the statistics, but I feel they show a great consistency in how these teams are performing this season. Colorado State has managed to go 11-0 thus far on the season with only four games left, ending with the most important one of their regular season – the Rocky Mountain Showdown against Colorado in Fort Collins on April 20th.
No matter how you cut it though, 4.6 goals allowed a game is pretty staggering. In only three games this season have Colorado State’s opponents scored over five goals. Westminster managed to put up seven in a 14-7 loss, Simon Fraser also managed seven in a 16-7 loss, and UCSB gave the Rams a big scare and put up ten goals in an 11-10 loss in OT.
This last game, as well as a 5-4 OT win against Chapman are the most notable to me. Colorado State has shown that it can both, win with style, and win with grit. Colorado State was down 4-8 to the Gauchos before putting up a 6-2 run in the 4th quarter to force overtime. Against Chapman, it was close the whole game, with both teams matching each other point for point through four quarters.
This is the exact kind of experience you hope a team is able to get in a season, a great mix of big wins, close wins and if you have to, comeback wins. No offense to the rest of the Rams opponents, but IF someone is able to beat them in the regular season, it’s going to have to come on April 20th when they take on the Buffaloes of Boulder, Colorado.
With both Colorado State and Colorado ranked #1 and #2, this game just becomes more and more important as each teams remains undefeated throughout the season.
And getting a little lofty here, but going into the 2013 MCLA National Tournament, the only way Colorado State loses is IF someone is able to take them down in the Semis or Championship, in overtime. I can’t wait to see the brackets when they come out, maybe we’ll hold our own little May Madness Challenge.
Check out the full press release below and check out this awesome shot from the CSU/BYU game last night.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 5, 2013
Colorado State University Men’s Lacrosse
Rams Start Fast, Down #4 BYU 16-5
Provo, UT – In a rematch of last year’s MCLA semifinals, the #1 Colorado State Rams jumped out to a 6-1 lead after one quarter of play and kept the pressure on for the rest of the game en route to an impressive 16-5 victory over #4 Brigham Young on a gorgeous Friday evening in Provo, UT.
The Rams scored early and often, highlighted by a career day from Kacy Carter (Rock Canyon HS / Castle Rock, CO), who led all scorers will seven goals and two assists. Carter and fellow attackman Austin Fisher (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) combined for 11 goals while senior midfielder Tim Taggart (Mountain Vista HS, Highlands Ranch, CO) also had a career-high four goals as CSU led from start to finish.
After CSU scored the first three goals of the game, BYU’s Mike Fabrizio broke the drought for the Cougars with 2:50 remaining in the first quarter. But CSU’s Dan Warfield (Smoky Hill HS / Aurora, CO) won the ensuing face-off and fed Carter for a quick answer to quell the momentum. The Rams ran off two more goals to close the first quarter out 6-1.
Fisher got a quick one in the second before BYU closed out the second quarter scoring with two goals to make the halftime lead 7-3, including a tally with less than three seconds by Jake Ferrin. But the Rams removed all drama as Taggart and Carter scored two goals early in the third to make it 9-3 and the Rams coasted from there.
Both teams found themselves in the penalty box for much of the fourth quarter with six penalties called. CSU capitalized on all four of their extra-man chances while BYU was one of two. Colorado State dominated at the face-off ‘x’ as Warfield and sophomore Brian Roach (Wheat Ridge HS / Westminster, CO) combined to go 17 of 23.
Both teams cleared the ball well, but the Rams enjoyed a healthy advantage in groundballs (44-25) and shots (32-26). CSU goaltenders combined for 10 saves while BYU’s Rob Ostler struggled, making just five saves on the afternoon. Sean Ross (Lewis Palmer HS / Monument, CO) was the only other goal scorer for CSU, while Mickell Walker led the Cougars with a goal and an assist.
The win was Colorado State’s first regular season victory in Provo since the 2005 season and pushes the Rams to 11-0 overall and 2-0 in the RMLC. They will tangle with Utah on Saturday afternoon at Juan Diego HS in Draper, UT before heading back to Fort Collins. BYU falls to 11-3 and 2-2 in the RMLC and will take on MCLA Div. II Westminster next weekend.