Quick Sticks: Colorado State Remains Undefeated

Colorado State remains undefeated after completing a 2-0 trip to the Midwest, soundly beating both Minnesota Duluth and Michigan State.


Colorado State University Men’s Lacrosse


Defense Shines for #1 CSU in 9-3 Victory over #11 Michigan State

Lisle, IL – Behind the efforts of a standout defensive effort which included a second-half shutout, the #1 Colorado State Rams outpaced #11 Michigan State 9-3 on a chilly afternoon on the campus of Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. The Rams never trailed in the game as they handed the Spartans their first loss on the year and ran off their 18th consecutive win stretching back to April of 2012.

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CSU started hot as senior Alex Devlin (Langley HS / Great Falls, VA) found a lane on the right side and stuck home a bouncer just three minutes into the contest. After Michigan State answered back a few minutes later, the Rams went on a 5-2 run heading into halftime to lead 6-3 at intermission. MSU’s Mitchell Hall scored with less than a second on the clock in the second quarter to break what had been a 12-minute scoring drought for the Spartans.

After halftime, the story was CSU’s defense, headlined by seniors Tyler Zabor (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO), Hayden Porter (Heritage HS / Littleton, CO) and Patrick Sullivan (Heritage HS / Littleton, CO), who combined for eight caused turnovers and seven groundballs. Junior goaltender Koltin Fatzinger (Wheat Ridge HS / Thornton, CO) was hot in the last thirty minutes, making five saves to help secure the victory.

Sean Smith (Amherst HS / Amherst, NY) led the Rams with four points on two goals and two assists while attackmen Austin Fisher (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) and Kacy Carter (Rock Canyon HS / Castle Rock, CO) added two apiece. Devlin and senior Josh Gregg (Columbine HS / Littleton, CO) each had two points for the Rams as well. Michigan State’s Mitchell Hall had two points to lead MSU.

CSU and Michigan State were dead even in shots with 27 apiece and the Spartans controlled the face-off circle with an impressive 9/13 performance against CSU’s typically strong draw unit. The Rams won all the other stat categories, including a decisive 33-17 edge in groundballs that ultimately told the story of the game. CSU’s two goalies combined for 12 saves while Michigan State’s Matt Allemang had seven in a full game’s worth of work.

CSU’s defense has been hot over the past five games, not allowing double digits in any of the victories and only giving up a total of 23 goals over that stretch. Offensively, Saturday’s nine-goal effort, which included three man-up goals, tied for a season low.

Colorado State (8-0 overall, 1-0 RMLC) moves their all-time record to Michigan State to 3-0 and will take the field again on Sunday afternoon against another top 10 team in #10 Minnesota-Duluth. MSU (1-1) finishes up their road trip against Illinois on Sunday as well before heading back to Michigan to take on CCLA competition.



March 17, 2013


#1 Rams Shut out #10 Minnesota-Duluth 11-0

Lisle, IL – Capping off their spring break trip to Chicago, the #1 Colorado State Rams pitched a shutout against #10 Minnesota-Duluth, winning 11-0 on the campus of Benedictine University on a cold and blustery Sunday afternoon. The Rams led 3-0 at the end of the first, 6-0 at halftime and 11-0 at the end of three before holding on for the team’s first shutout since the 2007 national quarterfinals against Arizona State.

The Rams were absolutely dominant on the defensive half, forcing 10 failed clears and 17 other turnovers as the Bulldogs struggled to get anything going all afternoon long. CSU outshot UMD by an astonishing 51-13 margin and scooped up 33 groundballs to 17 for the Bulldogs. With the shutout, CSU has allowed only two goals over the past 75 minutes of game time stretching back to the second quarter of the Michigan State game on Sunday.

While the CSU defense was doing their job on one end of the field, the Rams offense poured on steady pressure throughout the first half on the other. Senior attackman Austin Fisher (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) scored twice in the opening frame to help push the Rams out to a 3-0 lead and then tallied again in the second quarter as he wrapped up all four of his points in the opening thirty minutes before playing sparingly in the second half.

Colorado State got the four points out of Fisher, whose three goals and one assist led all scorers. Senior Tim Taggart (Mountain Vista HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) and sophomore Mike Wolff (Don Bosco Prep / Ramsey, NJ) each pitched in with three points while eight other Rams had at least a point as well.

CSU’s defensive effort comes on the heels of holding #11 Michigan State to just three goals on Saturday afternoon, including allowing zero goals in the second half against the Spartans. On Sunday’s game, the Rams found more success at the face-off ‘x’ as senior Dan Warfield (Smoky Hill / Aurora, CO) won seven of eleven draws on the day.

Colorado State goaltenders were not called upon often, but both Jack Regan (Sunset HS / Beaverton, OR) and Koltin Fatzinger (Wheat Ridge HS / Thornton, CO) were sharp throughout the game, making a total of five saves. For Fatzinger, his half of shutout ball marked four straight quarters of holding the opposition off the scoreboard after a sterling performance against the Spartans on Saturday.

Colorado State (9-0 overall, 1-0 RMLC) has a few days off before another key out of conference match-up against the current #5 team in the country on Monday, March 25. The Rams will host Chapman on campus before delving into RMLC play later in the month of April. Minnesota-Duluth falls to 5-3 on the season and will take on the University of Illinois on Tuesday.

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