Santa Maria, California- A game that started out like it would be another victory for #8 Colorado State Rams turned out to be a tough wake-up call as they were upset by then 19th ranked Cal Poly Mustangs. This was a game in which the ball rolled in favor of Cal Poly.
After sophomore attackman Garrett Fugier (Regis Jesuit HS; CO), assisted by junior midfielder Kevin Wolff (Don Bosco Prep; NJ), scored the opening goal of the game less than a minute into it, the Rams watched as Cal Poly scored four unanswered goals to close out the first period.
Colorado State rallied early in the second quarter, scoring three unanswered goals by sophomore attackmen Paul Larson (Columbine HS; CO) and Cooper Kehoe (Stevenson HS; CA), with senior midfielder Joel Tromburg’s (Heritage HS; CO) goal coming while the Rams were man-up to put the score at 4-4 midway through the period.
Cal Poly’s offensive attack, led by Matt Graupman and Scott Heberer, was just too much for Colorado State to handle as they scored two more times before the Rams could react. However, it seemed as if the Rams might go into halftime down by only one after a goal from senior captain Kyle Rosa (Pomona HS; CO), assisted by fellow captain Will Cantwell, put the score at 5-6 with 1:29 remaining. The Mustangs scored two more goals in the remaining minute to pull ahead 8-5 going into halftime.
Cal Poly scored two more goals in the third putting them up 10-5. Later in the third it seemed as if the Rams might make a comeback after scoring three goals by Kehoe, Fugier and senior midfielder Justin Backstrom (Heritage HS; CO) put them within two. The fourth quarter was an intense battle between the two teams that really wanted the win, but it was mostly a defensive effort as both teams had only one goal apiece.
Colorado State played a much better second half, outscoring Cal Poly 4-3, but the four-goal first quarter was just too much to overcome. They played with much more intensity and a lot of desire to win, it was too little too late.
The Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse team is looking forward to redeeming themselves on Sunday, March 1st against #7 Boston College. It will be their first home game of the season, to be played at Loveland Sports Park off of Highway 34 and Boyd Lake Avenue in Loveland, Colorado.