It took the CSU lacrosse team more than 10 minutes to get on the scoreboard against UC-Santa Barbara, but once the goals started, they just didnâ€™t stop in an 11-3 win for the Rams.
â€œThis is a good team that likes to settle the ball down,â€ CSU attacker Austin Fisher said. â€œWe had to get the ball back to give our â€˜Dâ€™ a little break and wear them down from there.â€
The win improved CSUâ€™s record to 10-1 on the season and dealt the Gauchos their first loss this year.
Junior midfielder Greyson Konkel opened the scoring for CSU at 4:19, and the Rams netted four more before halftime to take a 5-0 lead.
Fisher scored twice in the second quarter and assisted on another goal in CSUâ€™s 4-0 run to end the first half. He finished with three goals and two assists in the game to push his team-leading point total to 45 for the season.
â€œThe stat Iâ€™m looking more at with him is turnovers. When he takes care of the ball it helps our offense be more patient, and when he forces it we get a little scattered,â€ CSU coach Alex Smith said. â€œToday he took care of the ball really great. Iâ€™m not even looking at his points because heâ€™s going to get a lot of points.â€
UCSB scored first in the second half to climb within four goals, but CSU scored three of the next four goals to extend its lead to 9-3 at the start of the fourth quarter.
â€œWeâ€™ve been up at halftime, and even in the blowout wins weâ€™ve let the team back in it,â€ Smith said. â€œToday we owned that third quarter, and I thought the game was over by the time the fourth came around.â€
CSUâ€™s defense controlled the UCSB attack all night, allowing goalie Jack Regan to dominate the front of the net.
â€œThe ball wasnâ€™t moving as well as it normally does for us, and we didnâ€™t take advantage of some of the looks we had,â€ UCSB coach Mike Allan said. â€œWhen we did have good looks the goalie made saves. It was just one of those nights.â€
UCSB was the highest ranked opponent the Rams have defeated all season after they lost to then-No. 4 and current No. 1 Cal-Poly.
CSU next plays No. 4 BYU in the Hall of Fame game at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch.
Menâ€™s lacrosse Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.