Sluggish Rams Defeat Huskies by Seven, 12-5
By Alex Smith
March 18, 2004
The Colorado State Rams and the Washington Huskies began play
at the Husky Invitational on Friday night. The tournament is being held in
Washington’s impressive indoor fieldhouse in Seattle, WA safe from any
impending rain. The Huskies came to play from the get go and held a 1-0
lead for the first couple of minutes. The Rams finally got things going a
little bit, but did not blow the game open until the third quarter. CSU led
5-4 in the third until finally going on a 7-1 run to finish the Huskies off
12-5. Nick Stanitz-Harper (Eaglecrest HS, CO) had four goals in the winning
Washington’s Eric Weitz opened the scoring three minutes in and the Rams
found themselves in an unfamiliar position of trailing. Colorado State
continued to waste possessions while the Huskies gained confidence. UW
goalie Tim Jackson was on fire from the get go. Jackson came away with 18
saves for the Huskies.
Colorado State started all of their regulars expect for goalie Pete Jokisch
(Rockhurst Jesuit, KS), who gave way to freshman Garrett Fitzgerald (Regis
Jesuit, CO). Fitzgerald struggled in the first start of his career before
giving way to Kurt Bisnette at the end of the first half. Bisnette stopped
nine shots in the second half.
While the majority of the CSU offense floundered, Derek Koll (Fort Collins
HS, CO) poured in three goals and one assist to tie Stanitz-Harper’s four
points for game high. The Rams tried numerous combinations at attack and
midfield to try to find some fresh legs, but the Huskies continued to make
things difficult. CSU outshot UW 58-21, but Jackson’s stellar effort
combined with poor finishing by the Rams kept the Huskies in the game.
Colorado State was not able to continue their trend of getting players in
the game against a Husky team that did not go away. CSU played their
starters until the end. Matt Reiss (Sycamore HS, OH) had two goals at the
end of the third quarter to help out the CSU attack.
Next up for the Rams is the final game of their road trip. #12 Simon Fraser
will present a difficult challenge for Colorado State in their sixth game in
nine days. The Rams move to 11-0 on the season and will look to finish
their road trip in style against SFU.
- The Rams now lead the all-time series with Washington 2-0, also winning in
the 2002 National Championship First Round.
- Kelten Johnson registered his 25th assist of the year against UW. Johnson
had 24 in the entire regular season last year.
- Washington’s tournament will also feature Gonzaga and Chico State.
- Colorado State was flagged for a “fashion violation” early in the first
quarter. The Rams did not have matching undershirts.
Goals by Quarters:
CSU: 3 - 2 - 5 - 2 = 12
UW: 1 - 2 - 2 - 0 = 5
CSU Stanitz-Harper (4), Koll (3), Reiss (2), Murphy, Robinson, Stevens (1)
UW Weitz (2), Maloney, Fair, Fryztacki (1)
CSU Koll, Farquhar, Plonkey, Robinson, Johnson (1)
UW Schwager, Steinbecker, Quetin, Sonkin (1)
CSU Fitzgerald (30:00 minutes, 1 saves, 3 goals against), Bisnette (30:00
minutes, 9 saves, 2 goals against)
UW Jackson (60:00 minutes, 18 saves, 12 goals against)
CSU 6 for 3:30
UW 7 for 5:30