Canyon, TEXAS – The Colorado State University Rams opened their 2015 season with a dominating 16-5 victory over the Connecticut Huskies on Saturday afternoon. The Rams jumped out to a 6-1 first quarter lead that ballooned to 10-2 at halftime on the campus of West Texas A&M University.
Colorado State got goals from 13 different players and 14 saves from their goalies as they led wire to wire to move to 1-0 on the season.
CSU’s decisive first-quarter run started early as junior Colin Macdonald (Regis Jesuit HS; Centennial, CO) scored just 1:25 into the game. From there, it was all Rams as nine different players pumped in goals in the first half. The Rams were efficient on the offensive end, breaking down the UConn defense and getting decent looks at the cage. The Huskies managed only two saves on the afternoon under the relentless pressure of the CSU offense, which took 21 shots in the first half to put the game out of reach.
UConn got some momentum early in the second half after four consecutive penalties put the Rams man-down for a good portion of the third quarter. But CSU’s defense was up to the task, holding the Huskies off the board while the offense settled back in. The Rams finished the third quarter up 14-2, including a goal with just five seconds left by sophomore Brian Taggart (Mountain Vista HS; Highlands Ranch, CO).
In the fourth, both teams emptied their benches a bit as the game’s outcome was no longer in doubt. UConn outscored the Rams 3-2 in the final frame to bring the final to 16-5.
It was a team effort for the Rams, who were led by sophomore Ashton Monheiser’s (Mountain Vista HS; Highlands Ranch, CO) two goals and two assists. Monheiser led all scorers with four points on the afternoon. Taggart and Macdonald were the only other Rams to notch multiple goals on the day with two apiece. Sophomore goaltender David Salamie (Lakeridge HS; Lake Oswego, OR) played well in his first career start, making 10 saves in three quarters of work before giving way to freshman Jake Bender (Evergreen HS; Evergreen, CO) who added four saves of his own.
The Huskies were led by midfielder Arthur Sullivan’s two goals and one assist and attackman Jason Campbell’s one goal and one assist. Huskie defender Pierce Bushby led all players with seven groundballs on the afternoon.
Colorado State (1-0 overall) will conclude their opening road-trip of the year with a 1 p.m. CST face-off against #21 Texas State on Sunday afternoon. The Bobcats fell to #1 Colorado 16-6 in the opening game of the West Texas Lacrosse Showcase. UConn will take on the Buffaloes in the early game as they try to move to .500 on the season.