Colorado State (2-2) was defeated 9-8 (2OT) by Oregon (5-1) Sunday morning at Loveland Sports Park.
The Rams controlled the first half, leading 6-4 at the onset of the third quarter. Rams fans were happy to lose not one, but two of their hats as both junior Ashton Monheiser and senior Colin MacDonald scored hat-tricks on the day. The Rams were fed off the stick of junior Brian Taggert, who led the team with four assists.
The tables turned in the second half. The Rams defense continued to bleed goals and the Rams offense ran dry. The combination allowed the Ducks to climb back into the game.
“It’s tough, especially as the offensive coach.”, said assistant coach, Brandon Hulett. “I thought we were getting good looks out of our base offense. Our defense bailed us out several times. We just have to be able to put it in the back of the net.”
Their dominance in possession allowed the Rams to control the pace of the game. Despite that, the Ducks were able to take advantage of their limited chances and secure a huge road victory in the second overtime period.
“We played defense most of the game, and that’s credit to CSU. That has been the way CSU has played for as long as I have been around lacrosse and it works, it wins games. We were able to weather the storm with guys making the right decisions, in the right moments.” said Oregon, head coach Jon Bongiorno.
“I think they were a team that we should have beat.”, explained Colorado State head coach, Ted Fifield. “In the first half we definitely played like the better team. In the second half I thought we possessed the ball well and we were winning a lot of face-offs, but mental mistakes killed us.” Fifield concluded. It is time for the team to “go back to the drawing board” and make the necessary improvements before their next set of games.
The Rams will continue the 2016 MCLA season when they travel to California next weekend for games against the University of California – Berkeley and Sonoma State University (20).