The CSU men’s lacrosse team completed its fall season with a 4-0
record at the Best of the West Lacrosse Tournament in Las Vegas.
UNLV and the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference held and scheduled
the seventh annual weekend tournament.
“We looked really strong throughout,” said head coach Flip
Naumburg. “We showed a lot of firepower and maturity in every
CSU faced rival Brigham Young, Texas, California-Berkeley and
Chapman over the weekend. The Rams defeated Brigham Young 17-11 in
a high-scoring affair.
On Saturday CSU played the Texas Longhorns for the first and
possibly the last time ever as the Rams cruised to a lopsided 16-1
The second game of the day was against a familiar
California-Berkeley Bears team. The last time these two powerhouses
met was in the semifinals of the 2000 National Tournament. This
season the Bears boast new head coach Stephen Dini, former Chicago
State head coach, but he had little effect on the team as CSU
hammered the Bears, 12-0.
In what could be considered the toughest game of the offseason,
the Rams faced the Chapman Panthers in the final match of the
tournament. Chapman ranked No. 14 at last season’s end and
outplayed the Rams in the first half of the game. Fortunately
junior Nick Stanitz-Harper scored the game-winner with a few
minutes left and the defense held strong in a 7-6 victory.
“Our early-season conditioning is really important for us to
have a successful spring season,” Naumburg said. “We came home from
Las Vegas not too full of ourselves after playing a tough game
The Rams’ first two games in the official spring season take
place in Tempe, Ariz., against the Arizona Laxcats and Arizona
State Sun Devils on Feb. 6 and 7.
Women’s club volleyball takes championship
CSU’s women’s volleyball team traveled more than 10 hours to
compete in the Iowa State club volleyball tournament in Ames, Iowa.
They made sure the trip was worth it. Playing six games on Saturday
in the daylong tournament the club squad defeated Iowa State-B
team, Wisconsin-B team, Minnesota, Western Illinois and Iowa State
before taking down Wisconsin 25-14 and 25-23 in the championship
“A lot of us haven’t played together before,” said Ursula de
Pourbaix of the recently formed team. “We brought our talent
together as a team and played together right off the bat in our
first tournament. It looks like this is going to be a successful
The team’s next tournament against collegiate-level competition
is Nov. 29 in Tempe.