Scottsdale, AZ – After spotting the #20 Stanford Cardinal a 2-1 lead after one quarter of play, the #1 Colorado State Rams went on a 14-3 run to close the game and took a convincing 15-5 victory in non-conference play on Sunday afternoon. CSU’s offensive explosion came midway through the second quarter, turning the 2-1 deficit into an 8-2 lead at the halftime break before running away from the Cardinal in the final thirty minutes to salt away the victory. CSU was led again by a stalwart defensive effort and four goals from Kacy Carter (Rock Canyon HS / Castle Rock, CO) on the afternoon.
The Rams struck first after some sloppy play early in the opening quarter, but the momentum was clearly on Stanford’s side as the first frame came to a close. But CSU was able to find their stride in the second quarter, getting two goals from Carter to retake the lead and then scoring four more to close out the half. CSU punctuated their run with two goals in ten seconds apart with just over two minutes to go.
After CSU extended the lead to 9-2 with just two minutes gone in the second half, Stanford put in three quick goals in just a minute and a half to close the gap to 9-5. But the Rams had an answer, getting goals from Alex Devlin (Langley HS / Langley, VA) and Carter to make it 11-5 after three. CSU scored four in the fourth quarter to put the game on ice.
Carter’s four points led the game while four different players registered three points, but the story of the game was again CSU’s defense. Both teams used two goaltenders as Colorado State’s sophomore duo of Jack Regan (Sunset HS / Beaverton, OR) and Koltin Fatzinger (Wheat Ridge HS / Thornton, CO) combined for 13 saves while Stanford’s Josh Giglio and Zach Ellison had 8 stops on the afternoon.
Stanford was led in points by Jack Farr who had two goals while four other players had a point for the Cardinal as well. CSU outshot Stanford 35-26 and scooped up 40 groundballs to the Cardinal’s 29. The face-off battle was virtually even as CSU edged the category, winning 13 of 24 draws.
Colorado State (7-0 overall; 0-0 RMLC) has a day off in the desert before trekking south to do battle with the unranked University of Arizona. Stanford will enjoy some time off before getting back into action on March 24 against UCLA.