The CSU menâ€™s lacrosse team fell into an early hole for the first time this season and couldnâ€™t climb out in an 8-6 loss to BYU Saturday.
The Cougars scored the gameâ€™s first four goals and led 4-1 at the end of the first quarter.
â€œWe came out with a lack of intensity or focus,â€ CSU attackman Austin Fisher said.
CSU found its fire in the third quarter. Trailing 7-2, the Rams scored four consecutive goals to move within one as the fourth quarter started.
â€œWe fought hard and had one of our best third quarters of the season,â€ Fisher said. â€œIt shows that we never count ourselves out.â€
BYU silenced the rally in the fourth quarter, scoring an empty net goal with 59 seconds left to put the game on ice.
â€œWe were too predictable on offense and that falls on me as a coach,â€ CSU coach Alex Smith said. â€œSix goals is not good enough.â€
The lack of offense dropped CSU to fifth out of six teams in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference standings, even though it was the Ramsâ€™ first conference game.
â€œItâ€™s too early to tell right now,â€ Smith said. â€œWeâ€™re all going to see each other in the conference tournament. All the seeding determines is when (you play).â€
The Ramsâ€™ goal for the season is to have the top seed in that tournament, however, and one loss wonâ€™t deter them.
â€œWeâ€™ve seen them, we know what they do now,â€ Fisher said. â€œItâ€™s tough to beat a team twice.â€
In order to make themselves tougher to beat going forward, CSU will focus on playing a complete game rather than relying on strong halves.
â€œWe havenâ€™t had to come back from being down much this season, and we learned that we can do that in this game,â€ Fisher said. â€œWe just have to string four complete quarters together.â€
Menâ€™s Lacrosse Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final: BYU: 8, CSU: 6
Standings in RMLC: BYU: 4th, CSU: 5th
Up next: Friday, 4 p.m.
Where: Fort Collins