With two victories over top five teams in one week, the CSU club lacrosse team moved up in the United States Lacrosse Intercollegiate Association top 25 Poll from No. 3 to No. 2.
Sonoma State held its No. 1 spot and Michigan fell to No. 4.
The Rams may still have their hardest games ahead of them, though, as the team prepares to face No. 6 Colorado on Saturday.
“Our postseason starts right now in my mind,” head coach Flip Naumburg said. “Every game coming up is pretty much the most important one we will play.”
CSU will go into the game with a 10-2 record, while CU stands at 11-4. The last time these teams played each other CSU came away with a 12-11 overtime victory. The Rams came back from a 9-6 deficit in the fourth quarter and tied it up to take it to overtime.
This game holds much more merit as it will count in league standings and the one in February did not. The game will also determine seeding for the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Lacrosse League and the national tournament.
“It should be quite a clash, and I look forward to it,” Naumburg said. “Pretty much anything can happen. Something bizarre usually does. The emotional atmosphere makes this one unlike other games or rivalries that we have. It is usually pretty intense.”
Unlike the Rams, the Buffaloes lost to Michigan 4-2 and also lost to Sonoma State 10-7. The game will take place in Boulder at 1 p.m.
Rugby falls to 2-3 in Air Force loss
At half-time, the CSU rugby team was only trailing Air Force by five points, but the Cadets’ high fitness overcame the Rams as they lost 49-19.
“I think our skills were better than theirs, although our fitness level isn’t where it should be at this point, and nowhere near the Academy’s level,” Fenton said. “They will probably be in the Final Four, if not the national title game.”
Matt Hofmeister, Kyle Fenton and Sean Kelly all scored tries for CSU and Kelly made two out of three conversions. The team mauled very effectively, but had too many gaps defensively that led to Air Force tries.
The Rams will have one more game before going to California to play six games. The team is now preparing for their match against the Fort Collins men’s team at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday on the intramural fields.
“We expect to win,” Tim Guerra said. “It will be close, but we will look to play a quick pace game and use our skills against them.”
Women’s Volleyball takes 16th at Nationals
The CSU women’s club volleyball team went into the national tournament with a No. 9 ranking, but left as No. 16.
After playing well the first two days and finishing second in each of their pools, the team was forced to play Missouri. Although the team beat Missouri to win the regional tournament last month, Missouri won this time to knock the Rams out of the tournament.
“We played for four hours straight on Friday,” Jenny Kaiser said. “It was intense and the team played very hard, but we just did not show up on Saturday.”
The tournament marked the end of the team’s season. The Rams finished as three-time Mountain West Conference Champion and will pick up where they left off next fall.
Cycling has another impressive performance on way to regionals
The CSU cycling team added points toward its conference total with multiple top-10 finishes at the Weekend in Wyoming. The team is currently behind league leader Colorado, but holds the No. 6 spot ahead of eight other teams.
The Rams shined in the Women’s B category, as Jenna Rittenmeyer took first, Deb Zell took second and Lila Hickey took sixth on the Road Race. The girls then captured first place in the Women’s B team trial.
Nathaneal Ksiazkiewicz finished 16th and Ruben Vigil finished 22nd in the Men’s A Road Race. The Men’s A then took the No. 5 spot in the team trials.
The cyclists then raced in a Criterium on Sunday where the women once again lit it up.
“Lila and I rocked the B race,” Rittenmeyer said. “We were going to try and get spots one and two, but were both too tired for that. I ended up going off the front, followed by a Wyoming rider and I beat her at the finish by a length or two.”
Lila Hickey finished in the seventh spot.
The team will have one more race at Fort Lewis College this weekend to prepare for the conference finals April 26-27. With an impressive showing, the team could be racing at the national tournament May 10-11 hosted by the University of California at Berkely.
Trap and Skeet takes seventh at Nationals
The CSU trap and skeet team finished seventh out of 41 teams at the National Club tournament in San Antonio, Texas. The tournament featured 23 schools including Purdue, Texas A&M, Wyoming, West Point, Air Force, Yale and Virginia Tech.
The team finished in the top five in all of their regional tournaments to earn the national bid. The nine members that make up the varsity team competed in four events including American Trap, American Skeet, International Trap and Skeet and Sporting Clays.
“We are extremely pleased with the way we shot,” president Matt Dunscomb said. “It was the best performance by far from a CSU team, not necessarily our best finish, but the level of competition has improved dramatically along with us.”
American Trap is a specific form of clay target shooting that requires accuracy in repeatedly aiming, firing, and breaking 4 1/4 inch discs that are shot through the air at 41 miles per hour simulating the flight of a bird fleeing from a hunter.
American Skeet is very similar, but the shooters have to move around and shot at the discs from eight different locations. International Trap and Skeet is much harder and the discs travel farther, higher, and faster. Sporting Clays is like the “golf of trap and skeet,” where people walk around on a course and shoot the discs.
The Rams’ season is over, but a summer full of local, regional and national competitions will aim the team in the right direction of their goal of being national champions next year.