Las Vegas, NV – After an emotional and hard-fought overtime victory the day before, the #1 Colorado State University Rams used a deep bench to outscore and outlast a frisky University of Nevada-Las Vegas squad on a warm and breezy Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas. The Rams trailed 2-1 at the end of the first quarter, but scored four second quarter goals en route to a 9-5 victory over the host Rebels. The Rams were led in scoring by junior attackman Kacy Carter (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO), who pounded home four goals on the afternoon.
UNLV scrapped along in the first period, using a small, but effective roster to outscore the Rams early. The Rebels only dressed 16 players, but ran step for step with CSU for much of the day. The Rams got things going on offense in the second frame as four different players tallied goals to stretch out to a 5-3 halftime lead.
CSU kept things going in the second half, scoring the next four goals, including two from Carter to build their lead to six with a 9-3 advantage. But UNLV kept fighting until the end, notching the final two goals of the game – including a short-handed goal – to get the final to 9-5.
The Rams held a slight statistical edge in overall shots and groundballs, but lost the face-off battle to the Rebels, who won 10 of 18 draws. Each team was penalized five times in the game. Colorado State goalkeeper duo of Jack Regan (Sunset HS / Beaverton, OR) and Koltin Fatzinger (Wheat Ridge HS / Thornton, CO) combined for 15 saves on the afternoon while UNLV’s Matt Smith had 10 for the home side.
Colorado State (4-0 overall, 1-0 RMLC) continues with their most busy week of the year as they return home for three games in four days against Loyola Marymount, Simon Fraser, and Virginia Tech next Thursday, Saturday and Sunday respectively. UNLV, who dropped their fourth consecutive contest, faces three straight SLC league contests over the next three weeks.