Colorado State University (8) defeated the University of California-Berkeley 10-7 in California Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon. It was a huge team win for the Rams as 10 different players scored on the day.
Rams with a goal vs. Cal
Collin Zines, Brian Allen, Ryan Chamberlain, Brian Taggart, Ashton Monheiser, Brian McGhie, Colin MacDonald, Grant Woods, John Sage, Jake Johnson.
A rainy afternoon in Berkeley contributed to both teams struggling through the first half. A 3-3 tie at halftime forced the Rams to make adjustments to win the second half and the game. The adjustments generated more shots for the offense, and the Rams were able to score seven goals en route to victory.
The increased offensive opportunities were created in large part by the Rams face-off specialist, Ryan Chamberlain. Chamberlain won 18 of 20 face-offs, picked up 8 ground balls and scored an unassisted goal on Saturday.
“I don’t know what this game looks like today without the influence of Ryan Chamberlain, but we’re probably not walking away with a win. He played the best I’ve ever seen him play. He won every single clamp and every single draw.” said head coach, Ted Fifield.
Chamberlain’s unassisted goal came when the Rams were up 7-6 in the fourth quarter. The goal was a pivotal moment that energized the Rams. That spark gave the team the momentum to finish the game strong.
“It’s huge motivation for the team when they see someone who is a non-traditional scorer put one in the net. Guys get excited, guys rally behind that kind of momentum. When ‘Chambo’ scored it gave us an opportunity to drive the nail into the coffin.” said Fifield.
“I believe that everyone has a role. My job is to get the offense the ball. If we don’t get the ball we can’t score. By fulfilling my role I allow the other guys to fulfill theirs.” said Chamberlain.
The Rams have a two day layoff before they play Sonoma State (15). This time is critical for the Rams to re-focus, recover, and mentally prepare for Tuesday. Sonoma State has not played a game since they thrashed the University of Idaho 15-0 over a week ago, but the Seawolves will look to build on their current winning streak when they play the Rams.
The 3-2 Rams are still looking for a statement win in 2016. The season has been marked by close victories and narrow defeats thus far. Claiming victory against Sonoma State would be a step in the right direction for the Rams, and it would be a great way to cap off the current spring break trip.