Colorado State ended their preseason Saturday by traveling to Grand Junction to scrimmage the 15th ranked Colorado Mesa Mavericks (NCAA DII).
This proved to be a much needed trip for the Rams as it ended in a 16-4 loss. With an all new coaching staff and roster, the Rams are still finding their identity.
The Rams have less than two weeks to shake off the cobwebs before they travel to the University of Arizona to kickoff the regular season on February 26th. This is a highly anticipated matchup between the 10th and 11th ranked teams in the Under Armour MCLA DI Preseason Poll.
Goalies David Salamie and Jake Bender each played a half and each gave up 8 goals. Bender led the two with 13 saves and earned the starting spot heading into Arizona.
“I thought he (Jake Bender) made some really clutch saves where this game could have got even more out of hand in the second half.” said head coach Ted Fifield.
Although the box score can reflect the goalies play, many of the goals were given up by the Rams middies in transition defense, especially in the first half.
“In the second half we gave up less transition goals, the middies were more cognizant of where they needed to be on the field, but there is still a lot that we need to clean up.” said Fifield.
The offense only scored a goal per quarter but is showing signs of growth. They were led by middie Colin MacDonald who scored half of the team’s goals.
“I thought Colin MacDonald really played hard and battled out there, I thought he was probably our most consistent player, but, with that said, he still has a lot of work to do.” said head assistant coach Brandon Hulett.
The team has time to reflect and learn from their defeat over the course of the next two weeks. The talented Rams can only go uphill from here.