DENVER — “I’m proud to be a CSU ram,” was the chant Ram fans
gave to CSU’s men’s club lacrosse team Sunday at the Pepsi Center.
And the fans got quite a show in CSU’s 15-4 romp over the Colorado
Buffaloes. CSU took to the field as the CSU fans, who doubled the
number of CU fans, made a ton of noise for the defending national
Both teams came out in the first period feeling each other out
like fighters in a prize title fight. CSU struck first with a Danny
Stevens goal at 13:04 in the first. CU’s Zach Hartman took the next
faceoff on a breakaway but found only the crossbar. The two teams
battled back and forth, getting a feel for the indoor style of play
in the first indoor collegiate lacrosse game in the history of the
Mark Plonkey, part of CSU’s crushing defense, scored a diving
goal with 36 seconds left in the first quarter to make the game
Scoring opened in the second with a CU goal from Jeremy Kellogg
at 13:47. Then at 13:39 CSU answered back with a Nick
Stanitz-Harper goal, making the game 3-1. While on a 5-3 power
play, CSU allowed Tim Leonard to slice through the defense and
score a short-handed goal. But like the CU goal before it, it was
answered quickly. Derek Koll netted a power-play goal at 10:32, 8
seconds after Leonard’s goal.
CSU caught CU in a line change at 5:32 as Koll got his second
goal of the day. Brandon Bailey, who CU coach John Galvin called,
“A player that has great ball control,” showed his skill and made
the game 5-3 at 5:21. After that goal the Rams erupted. “We stepped
up,” CSU defensemen Kurt Nakazono said of the team’s extra
Tim Farquhar and Matt Disney made the game 7-3 after scoring
goals a minute apart. Jeff Logan of CU was sent to the penalty box
for taking a cheap shot on Disney. Stevens scored on a no-look shot
at 3:16 for another power-play goal. Disney added another goal at
1:47 on an open goal when CU goalie Chris Bluse, bit on a fake from
Farquhar. Koll picked up the hat trick in the closing seconds of
the half, putting the game out of reach at 10-3 and capping CSU’s
5-0 run to end the half.
The third quarter was slow moving as Stanitz-Harper and Pat Bird
scored for the Rams and Chris Bok netted the last CU goal with 15
seconds left in the quarter.
“You could tell it was our first (game), but the physicality was
the way we wanted it,” Galvin said.
As the final quarter opened big hits were everywhere. Kellogg
checked Bird into the boards and Bird checked the back of Kellogg’s
head with his right hand and went to the penalty box for five
minutes. The second the Bird penalty ended, Matt Reiss scored for
CSU. Stanitz-Harper picked up his hat trick at 3:31, and Bo Everett
finished the scoring party in the final 30 seconds making the final
“I thought it was going to be more physical than it was,” said
CSU head coach Flip Naumburg after the game. “This was a exhibition
game, and the league game will be April 17 at Shea in Highlands
Highlands Ranch paramedics should take that as a warning.