Colorado State (#8) has completed a sweep of their Utah opponents over the past two weeks. Last weekend they defeated Utah Valley 9-8 and Utah State 16-5. This weekend the Rams defeated the University of Utah 11-4 and their arch rival BYU 10-6. These wins extended the Rams current win streak to seven games, earned them a 9-2 overall record, and propelled them to first place in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference.
Thursday night’s win over the University of Utah was the first game of the season on the CSU campus. After adjusting to the field conditions, the Rams exploded in the second half. Attackman Ashton Monheiser led the team in scoring with a hat trick, and sophomore defensive midfielder Michael Seaman had a breakout game with 2 goals to propel the Rams to victory.
“In the second half we took better shots. I would have liked to see us bounce more shots in the first half, but in the second half we did start to shoot lower and a lot more goals went in.” said head coach, Ted Fifield.
Thursday night’s game against Utah helped the Rams work out some kinks before hosting 5th ranked BYU Cougars. BYU entered Hughes Stadium fresh off of back-to-back losses to Grand Canyon and CU Boulder. The Cougars were desperate to end their losing streak, but they met a Rams team at the top of their game.
The Rams needed no extra motivation for the game, they got some in the form of CSU Lacrosse Family Night. Saturday’s game doubled as both was Senior Night and the CSULAA Hall of Fame Game. Fans got the opportunity to celebrate seniors Brian Allen, Jake Johnson, Brad Lindsey, Colin Macdonald, Jared Wade and assistant coach Alex Creech during their final home game at Hughes Stadium. They were also given the opportunity to celebrate the outstanding careers of two CSU Alumni, Kellin Bershinsky and Cooper Kehoe.
The ovation and hype for the rivalry game sparked two early goals from Ashton Monheiser, giving the Rams a 2-1 lead after the first quarter. BYU kept the game close for the entire first half, never trailing by more than one. Fortunately, the Rams came out firing in the third quarter. They scored five goals on 13 shots, two of which came from LSM John Sage and defenseman Alec Geiser. Despite the defensive goals, it was once again freshman Blake Warner who led the Rams in scoring. Warner walked out of his first game at Hughes Stadium with his third hat trick of the season.
“Blake has played really well for us all year. He’s an incredible finisher, that’s what he does the best. He’s an agile, fast athlete, and he’s one of our fastest and quickest dodgers. The sooner we can get him on the field in man-up opportunities the better.” said assistant coach, Brandon Hulett.
There’s no doubt that this was a big win for the Rams, but now their focus must shift. This week’s action will conclude the Rams regular season with games against Arizona State (#12) Wednesday and CU Boulder (#6) on Saturday. Both games come against highly ranked opponents who will test the Rams current winning ways. CSU will need to turn it up another notch to secure two wins and finish the regular season on a high note.