The CSU lacrosse team won the opening face-off, scored the gameâ€™s first goal 1:20 later, and never looked back in a 20-1 romp over Washington.
CSU won its ninth consecutive game to start the season, while Washington dropped its eighth straight following a season-opening win.
Washington didnâ€™t get a shot off until nearly 11 minutes had passed in the game, at which point CSU lead by four.
â€œItâ€™s always a subliminal goal in the back of our minds to score first and get the momentum,â€ junior attacker Austin FIsher said.
Fisher scored two of the teamâ€™s first four goals, and finished the game with three goals and an assist.
Overall, 12 different Rams scored in the game, perfectly illustrating coach Alex Smithâ€™s emphasis on team play.
â€œWe didnâ€™t have a guy score eight goals, but we had a lot score two or three and thatâ€™s who we want to be,â€ Smith said. â€œHaving that balanced scoring is a part of who we are.â€
CSU built a 10-0 lead by halftime, and used nearly its entire bench over the course of the second half. Smith estimated that the team played around 60 percent of the game without its regular starters.
â€œWhen weâ€™re working in all of the guys, you mesh with different guys, and I think at the end of the day it comes down to playing well with each other,â€ Fisher said.
Washington scored its only goal of the game with 10:51 remaining in the fourth quarter on an unassisted blast from junior Chris Brown.
Smith wasnâ€™t phased by the loss of the shutout.
â€œItâ€™s almost better that they did (score) in some ways,â€ he said. â€œ(Washington) played hard and shutouts in lacrosse are not good form.â€
Washington has struggled with injuries this season and had two more players leave the field Wednesday night. Freshman Justin Hand needed to go to the hospital after the game due to a hip injury he suffered with 7:09 remaining in the third quarter.
â€œHe got caught on the net and tore it,â€ Washington coach Stewart Kerns said. â€œHe said he heard his hip just pop.â€
Even with a game against No. 4 Cal Poly looming Friday, CSU showed no signs of looking ahead, playing ruthlessly efficient and dominating possession all night.
â€œThat game came down to using our depth and working in all of our players, which really kept us focused,â€ Fisher said. â€œWe want to get through all of our sets and use it as a time to build.â€
With a win over Washington behind them, the Rams will look ahead to Cal Poly, a team that has a 6-1 record so far behind reigning MCLA player of the month Scott Herberer.
â€œThey probably have the best attack weâ€™ll see,â€ Smith said. â€œWeâ€™re very similar in a lot of ways. Itâ€™s sure to be an entertaining game and weâ€™re looking forward to the competition.â€
Menâ€™s lacrosse Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the Numbers
CSU goals: 20 (season high)
Players scoring: 12
Time before Washington scored: 45:49