Colorado State (6) exited the RMLC Tournament Friday evening following a 5-10 loss to BYU (7).
The Cougars opened the action with two quick goals in the first quarter. The Rams fought to get back into the game through the rest of the half to tie the score, 3-3.
BYU was not content with a tie score at halftime, and proceeded to score two goals in the final 30 seconds. The first came from excellent ball movement, capped by a dodge and finish from the low wing by Taylor Heyman. He then scored his second goal in rapid succession with 5 seconds left on the clock. The two goals punctured the Rams spirits heading into the half.
The third quarter was largely scoreless, as both defenses put the clamps on their opposition. The Rams defense weathered a few extra man opportunities from the Cougars to hold the score in place. The Cougar defense held the Rams scoreless in the period and finally scored with 1:30 left in the quarter. The goal gave BYU a 3-6 lead and put the heat on CSU headed into the fourth.
The two teams traded goals at the beginning of the final period, pushing the score to 4-7. It was all BYU from there, as the Cougars controlled the ball well and took advantage of their scoring opportunities to build a 4-10 lead. CSU managed to score a final consolation goal, but it was too little, too late. The game ended in a 5-10 loss for the Rams, ending their RMLC Tournament dreams.
The victory advanced BYU to the RMLC Championship against Colorado (5) on Saturday afternoon. The Cougars defeated The Buffs 12-8 to claim the RMLC post-season title. The Cougars punched their ticket to the MCLA Tournament, while both the Buffs and Rams were left waiting for the selection committee to announce the field of 16 on Sunday night.
It was not the ending the Rams had intended for the RMLC Tournament, but the their hopes are still alive. Check back Sunday night to see if the selection committee includes Colorado State in the field of teams scheduled to compete for the MCLA Championship in Orange County.