BOULDER, Colo. – The University of Colorado Men’s Lacrosse team finally pulled through and won their first game of the season against the University of New Hampshire Wildcats with a final score of 14-9.
The CU Buffs played an aggressive game, resulting in the highest scoring game of the season. Colorado’s record with UNH improved to 2-1, making this the second consecutive win against the Wildcats.
“I wanted to come out in the beginning and play a little harder,” said CU midfielder Greg Kelsic, who scored two goals in the game. “We all knew we really needed to work together, from the very beginning of the game to get that first win.”
CU scored first with a goal by midfielder Matt White. UNH answered back with a goal shortly after from Flower. UNH had the first penalty giving Colorado some added confidence, resulting in a goal by Kelsic. UNH made a successful run for a goal, tying up the game 2-2. Kelsic scored his third goal of the contest in the last 48 seconds remaining on the clock, advancing their lead over UNH. Just at the last horn of the first period, Colorado’s Tyler Dougherty scored a goal, assisted by John Silhavy, ending the period 4-2.
Colorado took a penalty early in the second stanza, but they didn’t let that stop their momentum. CU was able to deter the Wildcats, until 10:17 into the second with Milano scoring for UNH. Colorado came back with an immediate goal from Dougherty. CU moved fast to widen the scoring gap between themselves and UNH with two goals in succession from sophomore midfielder, Riley Seidel and freshman midfielder, Riley Kulm. UNH was penalized for one-minute giving CU a one-man advantage. Just as their penalty ended UNH found the back of the net. Colorado went into halftime with a 7-4 advantage.
The Buffs entered the third period with a penalty from the last quarter, but bounced back with a goal by Kulm, assisted by Mitch Erickson. Ryan Emerson took charge of the field and scored a goal off of the faceoff, improving Colorado’s lead to 9-4. Aggression on the field increased and resulted in penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct on Ryan Haines from CU and Sellar from UNH. Penalty flags were being thrown from that moment forward, with two more penalties given to Chris Coward and Ben Litwak from CU. Danny Schatz was the next CU player to take a penalty, putting Colorado one man down for the fourth time in the third quarter. With 3:55 remaining, White scored another goal. UNH quickly retaliated with a goal by Nazzaro. Determined to increase the score, Kulm scored his third goal of the game. Kulm’s goal ended the third quarter with CU ahead at 11-5.
“Our offense had a lot more confidence. I think the most important thing was getting that first goal. It was the first time in the season where we scored the first goal of the game and it was a great confidence booster for the offense,” said Kulm. “Our stick skills looked really sharp, everyone was dodging hard and overall everything flowed pretty well tonight. I definitely think the momentum we have now will carry into our next game. It’s not a question of whether we are going to work hard we have to carry it out the rest of the season. I think this game was a big stepping stone for us.”
New Hampshire scored first in the fourth quarter. CU didn’t get discouraged, but came back with a goal by freshman Sean McCarthy. This goal acted as his first goal of the season, assisted by freshman Jace Gan. Seidel trailed behind, scoring an immediate goal to advance CU’s lead to 13-6. Casey Bush had the first penalty of the stanza for slashing with UNH scoring twice through the duration of this penalty. Emerson scored another goal for the Buffs, assisted by Taylor Herda giving CU a 14-8 advantage. CU had two final penalties on players, Griffin Bohm and Schatz. UNH finished the night, scoring the last goal of the game. CU took the victory, with a final score of 14-9 in their home opener.
“What worked for me this game was attacking, finishing and doing extra work outside of practice. I practiced with Cody Deforge this morning doing some extra shooting and that was beneficial, helping me score two goals in the game,” said Seidel. “Honestly this was a big team effort, it was the entire offense working together doing all the little things that we work on in practice. Our offense attacked today, everybody contributed no matter what and we played with confidence that we didn’t have in our prior games. I think if we continue with this confidence we’re going to see some more wins in our future.”
Colorado goaltender, Brad Macnee made 15 saves contributing to the successful win over New Hampshire.
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