Trailing 8-5 with 6:50 left in the third quarter and having just watched #3 Chapman go on a four-goal run over the course of three and a half minutes, the #2 ranked Colorado State Rams took a timeout, regrouped and proceeded to score the final five goals of the game to secure an impressive 10-8 victory in the final game of the Southridge Lacrosse Classic.
The Rams had led for most of the contest up until Chapman’s big third-quarter run, but managed to turn the momentum around with the help of three goals by junior Alex Devlin (Langley HS / Langley, VA) over the last 17 minutes of the game. Devlin scored three of the game’s final four goals to help CSU sweep the weekend’s contests against two ranked opponents.
After a nip and tuck first half that ended deadlocked at 4 goals each, CSU scored early in the third period as sophomore Kacy Carter (Rock Canyon HS / Castle Rock, CO) got the second of his three tallies on a feed from sophomore Sean Smith (Amherst HS / Amherst, NY). But Chapman seized control of the game for the better part of the period, going on an explosive four-goal run to take a three-goal lead with 3:00 left in the third. Finally, CSU’s offense clicked into high gear and two goals only 37 seconds apart by senior Greyson Konkel (Regis Jesuit HS / Aurora, CO) and Devlin got the Rams within one heading into the fourth.
The final stanza was all Colorado State as Devlin and Carter both finished their hat-tricks and the CSU defense held Chapman’s prolific offense scoreless over the final 21:50 of the game. Senior defender Patrick Sullivan (Heritage HS / Littleton, CO) was outstanding, shutting out Chapman’s Andrew Clayton and juniors Hayden Porter (Heritage HS / Littleton, CO) and Tyler Zabor (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) did their part down low as well. Through four games, CSU’s defense has surrendered only 18 total goals.
For more: http://csulacrosse.com/2012/02/25/carter-and-devlin-fuel-rams-comeback-beat-chapman-10-8/
In their MCLA Division I opener, the #2 Colorado State Rams traveled to Portland, OR to meet up with #22 Simon Fraser in the first annual Southridge Lacrosse Classic at Southridge High School.
The Rams scored first and never trailed in the game, taking a 4-2 lead into the halftime break before outpacing SFU 7-2 in the second half for an 11-4 victory. Junior attackman Austin Fisher (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) led the way for CSU with three goals and an assist and sparked an offensive outburst that seemed to coincide with the increasingly rainy conditions as the game wore on Friday afternoon.
Leading 4-2 at halftime, Colorado State scored four goals in a decisive third quarter, including a huge momentum swinger by senior midfielder Matt Jui (Columbine HS / Littleton, CO) with .1 seconds remaining on the clock. The Rams then closed the game out with three goals in the final quarter to win going away and get their second straight victory over Simon Fraser following 2010’s heartbreaking quarterfinal loss at the MCLA national tournament. The story of the game was CSU’s terrific defensive effort, holding the dangerous and crafty Canadian squad to minimal scoring opportunities.
While Fisher got the lion’s share of the points for the attackmen, CSU got major production from a midfield group that saw three players score two goals each. Jui joined juniors Tim Taggart (Mountain Vista HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) and Dustin Grybinas (Kirkwood HS / Kirkwood, MO) in the two-goal parade as the Rams found success dodging from up top against Simon Fraser’s defense.
CSU struck first on a smooth feed and finish from Fisher to sophomore Sean Smith (Amherst HS / Amherst, NY) and added a second goal when Greyson Konkel (Regis Jesuit HS / Aurora, CO) beat the Simon Fraser defense for an isolation goal. The Rams continued to put on the offensive pressure in the second quarter, getting tallies from Grybinas and Fisher to stake out to their 4-2 lead.
For more: http://csulacrosse.com/2012/02/24/rams-defense-smothers-simon-fraser-for-11-4-victory/