CSU Races into RMLC Championship Game with 8-5 Victory over Colorado
Grand Junction, CO – The #3 Colorado State Rams backed up their double overtime victory over #9 Colorado two weeks ago with a solid 8-5 effort in the semifinals of the RMLC tournament on Friday night. Colorado State jumped out to a 4-1 lead at the half and withstood a third quarter rally by the Buffaloes to reach the RMLC title game for the third consecutive year.
Both teams held strong defensively in the first quarter as the two squads combined for only 10 shots. But the Rams owned the second frame, outshooting the Buffs 12-5 and dumping home three goals to CU’s one.
Kacy Carter (Rock Canyon HS / Castle Rock, CO) scored both of his goals during the second quarter and senior attackman Taylor Peper (Smoky Hill HS / Aurora, CO) notched an important tally with just over two minutes left in the half to give the Rams a 4-1 lead.
Colorado didn’t fade away, however, going on a three-goal run coming out of the break to make it a one point game headed to the fourth quarter. But CSU dominated the Buffs in the fourth again, including a two-goal burst in less than :20 with 7:20 remaining to put the game away.
CSU was led by Carter’s two goals and one assist and an identical three-point performance from junior attackman Austin Fisher (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO). Four other players added a single goal for the Rams. Junior Dan Warfield (Smoky Hill HS / Aurora, CO) was outstanding at the face-off ‘x’ with an 11 of 14 performance and a team-high four groundballs. Riley Seidel led the Buffaloes with two goals.
Colorado State outshot Colorado 35-20 and picked up 23 groundballs to CU’s 20. Both teams cleared relatively well, but CSU’s three-goal outburst on man-up and Warfield’s dominating face-off performance ended up being a big difference in the game.
Colorado goaltender Bradley MacNee was solid, making seven saves on the evening while CSU’s duo of Jack Regan (Sunset HS / Beaverton, OR) and Koltin Fatzinger (Wheat Ridge HS / Thornton, CO) combined for nine.
CSU (14-2 overall) moves to the RMLC championship game for a rematch with #2 Brigham Young, who defeated the University of Utah 13—7 earlier in the evening. BYU took an 8-6 win over CSU a month ago in Denver and the Rams will be looking for a measure of revenge against their rivals from Provo. Game time at Colorado Mesa University will be 5pm MST.
Colorado Falls 8-5 to CSU in RMLC Semi-Finals
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – The University of Colorado men’s lacrosse team competed against the Colorado State University Rams, losing 8-5. The competition marked CU’s first game in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse semi–finals. The loss dropped Colorado’s record to 7-7.
On Saturday, April 21 Colorado lost in a dramatic overtime to CSU. The Buffs held the lead on the scoreboard for the entirety of the game, but lost in double overtime 11-10.
Riley Kulm, Riley Seidel, Matt White and Tyler Dougherty scored for the Buffs, fighting to pull CU into the lead. Greg Kelsic picked up the assist for Dougherty.
The game started off slow for both teams with Ryan Emerson taking possession for CU. White attempted the first shot of the game, but it went unfinished. CU and CSU fought for possession of the ball for the remainder of the first quarter, competing to hit the back of the net first. Keeping the Buffs on their toes, CSU broke past Colorado’s defense, scoring the first goal of the game with twenty-one seconds left in the quarter.
Going into the second quarter, CSU won possession off of the faceoff. During CSU’s offensive run they scored with 13:52 left on the clock. Danny Schatz received the first penalty of the contest giving CSU a one-minute advantage. Colorado State scored a goal off of the power play opportunity, advancing their
lead to 3-0. Kulm retaliated by scoring CU’s first goal of the game. Only 2:36 remained in the second period when Schatz received another penalty, putting CU man-down for another minute. CSU scored their fourth goal after the penalty was released, also receiving their first penalty of the game. The half ended with CSU in the lead, 4-1.
The third quarter started with an early goal by Colorado State. The Buffs seemed determined to even the score with three consecutive goals made by Seidel, White and Dougherty, improving on the Buffs tally to 5-4, CSU still in the lead. With just 45 seconds left on the clock, CU was able to keep possession of the ball for the remainder of the period, but was unable to tie up the score. The end of the third seemed promising for the Buffs, trailing only one point behind the Rams.
In a nail biting fourth quarter, CU played aggressively in attempt to surpass CSU on the scoreboard. The Buffs began the fourth quarter man down for one-minute. CSU capitalized on CU’s disadvantage and scored shortly before the penalty was released. The Rams were able to score twice more before CU
answered back with a goal by Seidel. The Buffs ended the fourth quarter two men down with penalties on Schatz and Alex Puldy. CU was unable to make a comeback, ending the contest 8-5.
0:21 CSU – Austin Fisher, assisted by Kacy Carter
13:52 CSU – Taylor Peper, assisted by Austin Fisher
13:13 CSU – Kacy Carter, assisted by Sean Smith
6:18 CU – Riley Kulm, unassisted
1:12 CSU – Kacy Carter, assisted by Mike Wolff
13:47 CSU – Braxton Campbell, unassisted
11:39 CU – Riley Seidel, unassisted
8:19 CU – Matt White, unassisted
7:04 CU – Tyler Dougherty, assisted by Greg Kelsic
14:08 CSU – Alex Devlin, assisted by Tim Taggart
7:36 CSU – Austin Fisher, unassisted
7:20 CSU – Matt Jul, unassisted
7:01 CU – Riley Seidel, unassisted
Shots On Goal
CU – 16
CSU – 24