Salt Lake City, UT – After an emotionally draining victory over #2 Brigham Young on Thursday night, the #13 Colorado State University Rams dominated the Utah Utes on Friday at Judge Memorial HS in Salt Lake City, UT. CSU controlled the game from start to finish as the younger players on the roster got an opportunity to play extended minutes against an injury-depleted Utah squad.
CSU led 4-0 early in the contest and held a 9-3 advantage at halftime. In the second half, it was more of the same as the Rams outscored Utah 8-2 en route to the 17-5 victory. Colorado State held a decided advantage in most statistical categories in their most lopsided win of the season.
The starters were pulled early for CSU, who had 17 players register at least a point on the evening. Leading the way were sophomore A.J. Stewart (Fort Collins HS; Fort Collins, CO) and freshman Grant Alfred (Mullen HS; Denver, CO), who each had two goals and an assist. Freshman Ryan Chamberlain (Great Oak HS; Temecula, CA) won 16 of 20 face-offs for CSU as well. Utah got three goals from midfielder Joseph Redd in defeat.
Colorado State (9-5 overall; 3-0 RMLC) moves a half-game ahead of Westminster for first place in the ultra-competitive Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference. The Rams and Griffins will face off on Sunday afternoon for sole possession of first place headed into the season’s final weeks. Meanwhile, the University of Colorado bounced back from their 16-15 loss at Westminster on Thursday with a 16-15 win over BYU Friday night, leaving the Cougars with two one-goal losses on the weekend.
The RMLC championship tournament will be held in Boulder the first weekend of May. The four spots have been secured, but the final seeds won’t be decided until the last week of the season in what is setting up to be one of the most intriguing years in MCLA history.