Quick Sticks: Colorado State Notches Two Top 25 Wins at Home

Kacy Carter - Colorado State Lacrosse


Colorado State University Men’s Lacrosse


#1 Rams Race Past #23 Simon Fraser 16-7

Loveland, CO – After playing visiting #23 Simon Fraser to a 2-2 draw after one quarter, the #1 Colorado State Rams exploded on offense, scoring 11 goals over the second and third quarter to pull away en route to a 16-7 victory on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon. The Rams were efficient on man-up, scoring five extra-man goals, including three on one non-releasable penalty. For the second consecutive game, at least eight players registered at least one goal for CSU as the Rams found offense from a multitude of sources.

Simon Fraser held a 2-1 lead with 2:21 remaining in the first quarter before the Rams went on a nine goal run that stretched over the next 24 minutes of game time. Colorado State took the lead for good when senior Braxton Campbell (Silverthorne HS / Summit, CO) dumped home a shot in transition with 12:26 remaining in the second frame.

From there, it was all Rams, as CSU stretched out to a 7-2 halftime lead which quickly ballooned to 10-2 less than five minutes into the third quarter. The Rams eventually held a 15-4 lead early in the fourth quarter before Simon Fraser’s Ward Spencer and Alex Bohl scored three straight to pull back to within eight.

Senior Tim Taggart (Mountain Vista HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) had a career-high four points on two goals and two assists. Josh Gregg (Columbine HS / Littleton, CO) also set a career mark with two goals while junior attackman Kacy Carter (Rock Canyon HS / Castle Rock, CO) had a hat-trick for the third consecutive game. Spencer led Fraser with three goals and an assist on the afternoon.

The Rams dominated the statistical battle, outshooting SFU 39-24 and picking up 33 groundballs to just 18 for Fraser. The Rams did turn the ball over 16 times, but won 18 of 24 face-off attempts. Senior Dan Warfield was a perfect 12 of 12 at the face-off ‘x’ on the evening.

Colorado State (6-0 overall, 1-0 RMLC) will finish its difficult five-games in eight-days stretch on Sunday afternoon against a #10 Virginia Tech squad that dropped an 11-4 decision in Boulder, CO to the University of Colorado on Saturday. Simon Fraser will flip opponents with the Hokies, taking on the Buffaloes on Sunday. The two visiting teams will finish their Colorado road swing with a neutral site game against each other on Tuesday.

Colorado State University Men’s Lacrosse


Carter’s Five Goals Lead #1 Rams Past #10 Hokies

Loveland, CO – Even in their fifth game in eight days, the #1 Colorado State University Rams were sharp in all phases of the game, jumping out to an 8-0 lead midway through the second quarter before coasting to a 14-5 victory over #10 Virginia Tech on a blustery Sunday afternoon in Northern Colorado. The Rams led 9-1 at the half and 11-2 at the end of three quarters in their first regular season meeting with the Hokies since the 2003 season.

CSU captain Alex Devlin (Langley HS / Great Falls, VA) busted out of his scoring slump in a big way with two first quarter goals for the Rams. The CSU defense held serve on their end as well, setting up a decisive second quarter in which the Rams outscored Virginia Tech 6-1. Junior attackman Kacy Carter (Rock Canyon HS / Castle Rock, CO) was outstanding again, scoring five goals to tie a career-high.

Leading 9-1 at halftime, the Rams outscored the Hokies 5-4 in the second half to preserve the win for CSU – their second against an MCLA Top 10 team in the 2013 season. Colorado State was dominant in this contest, outshooting Virginia Tech 40-13 and picking up 45 groundballs to Tech’s 13. The Hokies turned the ball over 19 times as the CSU defense played aggressively all game long.

Kacy Carter - Colorado State Lacrosse

Carter and fellow attackmen Austin Fisher (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) and Sean Smith (Amherst HS / Amherst, NY) combined for 13 points while eight other Rams registered at least a point for CSU on the afternoon. Defensemen Hayden Porter (Heritage HS / Littleton, CO) and Tyler Zabor (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) were outstanding, forcing six turnovers and scooping up eight groundballs between them.

CSU goalies combined for three saves on the afternoon while Virginia Tech’s Charlie Blakeley made 14. Preston Naslonski led the Hokies with three goals while All-American Matthew Giannelli was held to zero points and just one shot by CSU’s stalwart defensive effort.

Colorado State (7-0 overall, 1-0 RMLC) heads back on the road next weekend to take on Michigan State and Minnesota-Duluth on the campus of Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. Virginia Tech (4-2) has a day off before tangling with #23 Simon Fraser in a neutral site contest in Boulder, CO on Tuesday.