FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 12, 2012
Loyola Marymount Exhausts Colorado With 6-2 Victory
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The University of Colorado Men’s Lacrosse team took on Loyola Marymount University this past Sunday, falling short of a victory 6-2.
After a tough competition against Chapman University on Friday, the Buffs were disappointed in the outcome of Sunday’s competition, coming home with a 0-2 mark on the weekend.
Senior captain and midfielder Thomas Appel provided his constructive criticism from the game against LMU.
“After playing a hard game on Friday night I think we thought the game against Loyola would be easy. We started off too slow and not with enough confidence, but once we got to the end of the game we tried to score more,” Appel said. “It’s a reoccurring theme of knowing what we need to do, but not executing. I think this is kind of a wake up call to how we can perform and how we should perform so we just need to act on it.”
The first half of the game started slowly as the Buffs were unable to score against LMU. Loyola took advantage of the field, scoring two goals in the first quarter and picking up three more goals in the second, ending the half 5-0.
In the third period neither team was able to get past each other’s defense, until Loyola improved on their lead to 6-0 with 3:49 remaining in the quarter.
In the first few minutes of the fourth, the Buffs received two penalties on defensemen Hayden McClain and Ben Litwak. Once CU was able to gain possession of the ball, Appel hit the back of the net with 11:06 remaining in the period. Colorado further improved on their mark when Matt White scored a goal for the Buffs with 8:06 left in the game. The men held on until the end, not letting LMU score, ending the contest with a 6-2 win for Loyola.
Making a total of 13 shots throughout the game, White was frustrated that only one hit the back of the net.
“I couldn’t hit the cage in the game I didn’t know what was going on. I just started shooting as much as possible and I finally scored one,” said White. “This game should open up some of the younger player’s eyes and show them that they need to understand that everyone in the MCLA league is good and they’re gunning for CU every game. Beating CU is huge.”
Casey Bush won five out of seven face offs and was content with the results from the last quarter.
“We showed promise during the fourth quarter, but what we really need to do is string together four consecutive quarters of good play to really achieve what I feel we can,” Bush said.
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