May 022004
Authors: Peter Scalia

As opposed to toying with in-state talent, the CSU Women’s club

lacrosse team decided to take its show national.

The No. 13 Rams who sit at 6-2 overall and 5-0 in the Rocky

Mountain Women’s Lacrosse League were on a schedule to head to

Colorado Springs for the State Championships this weekend, but

given their conference-best record, the women said they could

afford to skip the State Championships, in favor of letting the

club team catch up on schoolwork.

The Rams have already clinched a spot in the Women’s Lacrosse

National Championships and will head to St. Louis May 13 to 15,

where CSU will be making CSU history.

“We are really excited to be going to Nationals,” said head

coach Jaime Whitlock. “This will be the first time that the CSU

women’s team will be going to Nationals.”

No matter how finals end up the women’s lacrosse team has had a

great season where they have been unbeatable since the two losses

to open the season, Whitlock said.

Meanwhile, Friday’s tune-up against the University of Northern

Colorado at the CSU Intramural Fields was canceled due to weather

with no make-up date set.

Men’s Lacrosse

The men’s lacrosse team, on the other hand, decided to head to

Provo, Utah, for the Rocky Mountain League Conference

Championships. The top four teams in the division were on hand in

Brigham Young, Utah, Colorado and CSU. The conference’s other two

teams, Utah State and Boise State, finished fifth and sixth,

respectively in the conference and will have to wait until next

year to take a shot at the title.

The CSU men’s team took little time beating the Utah Utes into

the turf with a blowout 24-4 victory. The Buffaloes from Boulder

went down to the wire to take out the hometown favorite BYU Cougars

10-9, setting the stage for an all-Colorado championship between

the No. 5 Colorado Buffaloes and the No. 2 CSU Rams.

The third meeting between these two league powerhouses went much

the way that the last meeting of the season went, the way of the

Ram. The Rams went toe-to-toe with the Buffs and in the end locked

up a spot in the National Finals with a 10-9 victory.

The Rams look to defend last season’s national championships at

the Finals, where they will have another shot at the No. 1 UC Santa

Barbara Gauchos. In the first round of their league tournament the

Gauchos pulled out a win over No. 13 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 5-4.

The next round of their tournament has the Gauchos playing the No.

7 Arizona Wildcats for the league championship.

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