Salt Lake City, UT – In another thrilling game that was within one or two goals for much of the contest, the Colorado State University Rams men’s lacrosse team found itself on the wrong end of a 14-11 score to the Westminster Griffins on Sunday afternoon. The Rams led 7-6 at halftime, but were outscored 8-4 in the second half as the Griffins took over sole possession of first place in the competitive Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference.
The game was back and forth throughout with neither team gaining a significant advantage. CSU took a 7-6 lead into the halftime break after sophomore Chase Warner (Tesoro HS; Mission Viejo, CA) struck from the outside. The Griffins grabbed the lead back quickly in the third quarter with two goals in the first 1:27 of the second half. From there, the teams exchanged the lead three different times and Westminster held a 10-9 advantage at the end of three.
The Rams tied the game on a man-up goal early in the fourth, but Westminster answered with two quick goals of their own to take a 12-10 lead with over 12 minutes remaining. After CSU narrowed the gap to one, the Griffins got a key goal from Thomas Sarjeant with 8:30 left in the game. CSU was unable to get any closer than that and Sarjeant put the finishing touches on the win with an empty-net goal.
CSU led nearly all statistical categories, outshooting the Griffins, picking up more groundballs, winning more face-offs and converting on four of six man-up opportunities. Ultimately, the Rams were undone by 16 turnovers and timely plays by Westminster on their offensive end.
A.J. Stewart (Fort Collins HS; Fort Collins, CO) led CSU with two goals and two assists. The Rams also got two goals from Warner and a goal and two assists from fellow sophomore Ashton Monheiser (Mountain Vista HS; Highlands Ranch, CO). Westminster got six points from Sarjeant to lead all scorers and four points from midfielder Josh Holland in the win.
Colorado State (9-6 overall; 3-1 RMLC) will finish the regular season with the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown against the University of Colorado next weekend. After CU beat BYU on Friday night, the seeds are all but assured headed into the RMLC playoffs the weekend of May 1. Westminster will be the first seed, regardless of their upcoming game against BYU, who will be the fourth seed. CSU and CU will play for the second seed next Saturday and will play each other again the following weekend in the RMLC semifinals.