Unlike many other Colorado State students who travel to California for spring break, the CSU Men’s Lacrosse team is on a business trip. The Rams (8) play the University of California – Berkeley on Saturday afternoon before traveling Sonoma State (15) on Tuesday evening.
It is crucial the Rams leave the Bay Area with two wins to if they want to remain ranked among the top ten teams in the MCLA. Rams will have to play their best in order to return home victorious.
Cal has been a historically strong team in the MCLA, but the team has struggled so far in 2016. The Bears own a 3-4 record that features dominating wins over unranked opponents. They have experienced difficulties against ranked opposition though, notably losing their last three games to Chapman (1), Cal Poly (6), and UCSB (21). The Rams will look to continue the trend on Saturday.
Sonoma State owns a 4-2 record on the season after a big win over 14th ranked Oregon State last weekend. Aside from the win over OSU, the Seawolves have experienced the same challenges as the Bears when facing ranked competition this year. Their two losses came against stout opponents in Chapman (1) and UCSB (21). The Seawolves want to leave those losses in the rearview mirror and continue their winning streak against the Rams on Tuesday.
The Rams have practiced hard this week to avoid falling into the same mistakes they made in their upset loss to Oregon. “Cal is going to want to beat us, and the perception is that we are beatable right now.”, said Rams head coach, Ted Fifield. “Oregon is a good team and a lot of people thought we were going to win that game, but we didn’t. So now there’s blood in the water and teams like Cal and Sonoma State are going to come after us.”.
Fifield continued, “We need to be a disciplined team heading into our games this weekend. We’ve got to be aggressive, we’ve got to hustle, and we have to take our chances. Practices this week have been very encouraging. Our guys are locked in and focused.”
The Rams mean business in Northern California, and they won’t be satisfied with anything less than victory. The team is focused on bringing two wins back to the Fort. They can relax when their work is done.