The top-ranked CSU men’s lacrosse team will look to rebound
after a heartbreaking loss in a home game against a difficult
After losing to the No. 2-ranked University of California-Santa
Barbara Gauchos in Ann Arbor last weekend, the Rams now face the
uneasy task of hosting the No. 3 Brigham Young Cougars on Saturday
at Rocky Mountain High School.
“I always take losing very personally,” said CSU head coach Flip
Naumber in his online journal. “Over the 24 hours since we (lost) I
have had several thoughts. It is not a time to panic, but it is
time to learn. We didn’t play well enough to win (against UCSB) for
a variety of reasons, and I want to get busy and right back on a
track as soon as we find the right train … of thought.”
Since losing the season opener to the Gauchos, the Cougars
(10-1) have been nearly untouchable. They’ve won their last 10 and
have momentum after winning their last four games by a combined
score of 92-18.
In their most recent game, the Cougars scored at will against
the No. 8 Chapman University Panthers, winning by a final score of
22-7. However, the Cougars’ last four games have all been at home
in Provo, Utah.
The last time the Cougars were on the road they went to Florida
for a tournament in which they beat Florida, Michigan and Auburn
but not with the same dominance as at home.
According to Naumburg, this should be the biggest home game of
the season for the Rams, who are 3-0 at home and 15-1 overall this
year. Like the Cougars, the Rams have blown teams out at home,
winning their three by a combined score of 59-6. Those wins came
against Northern Colorado, Washington University-St. Louis and
Utah, all teams with less than spectacular records. This game will
feature the best competition thus far at home for the Rams.
After the game with the Cougars, the Rams will play Boise State
– in what should be a relief for the Rams, who have already played
six and, after the BYU game, seven games against top-10 teams.
CSU baseball will play host to the UNC Bears this Saturday. The
Rams swept the Bears last weekend in Greeley, taking all four games
by a combined score of 46-19.
So far this year the Rams have played well as a team, showing
the competition they will be a force in the postseaon, said team
president Damon Myers.
“The team has basically destroyed all of the competitors in the
league and is looking forward to competing for the national
championship at the NCBA World Series in Bradenton, Fla., in the
end of May,” Myers said. “The team has a great mix of young talent
and veteran leadership, which has made this the best team in the
four years that I’ve been here.”