No. 2 Colorado State Falls to No. 1 Michigan

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (April 11, 2010)- Faced with the toughest game of the season, the Rams did not back down. They stayed neck and neck with No. 1 University of Michigan until the last quarter, when Michigan took a firm lead and won the game.

""It was a great lacrosse game today. The scoreboard wasn't what we wanted at the end, but we fought the whole game long," Head Coach Alex Smith said. "All the credit to Michigan for outplaying us in the fourth quarter and having a great game plan. I thought it was pretty evenly matched except for that four minute stretch where they pulled away a bit in the fourth," Smith said.

Goals went back and forth between the teams, making it clear why both were ranked the top two in the MCLA. With the scores tied at threes at halftime, the defense had something to be proud of.

"Pat Sullivan held one of the best players in the country to no goals in settled offense," Smith said, "and Andrew Stein, Tyler Zabor and Hayden Porter were terrific for us too. I think if we can take advantage on the other side of the ball a little bit better and clear with more consistency against them, we can have a good shot if we are lucky enough to see them again."

To improve their game and prepare to finish the season as strongly, Smith plans to work on shooting smarter on offense and getting more competitive at the key moments when facing off. "We did pretty good all game, but when it really counted, they made the plays and we were just a little short," he said.

It wasn't until the fourth quarter that Michigan got away from CSU. With a few well executed plays, the Wolverines gained a four point lead.

"You definitely can't fault our effort today. In my mind, we played very well and easily could have won had we just turned a couple things around. Unfortunately, you can't almost lose and be champions. If we really want the ultimate goal, we are going to have to figure out how to put a full game together against a very quality team," Smith said.

The next game will be against Michigan State on Sunday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m. on the CSU intramural fields.

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Fort Collins, CO. The #1 ranked University of Michigan men's lacrosse team put together a dominant fourth-quarter en-route to a 10-6 win over #2 Colorado State on Sunday afternoon in Boulder, two days after suffering their first loss in over two years. With the game knotted up at 5-5 after three quarters, Michigan came out firing in the fourth, rattling off five unanswered to open the period.

Michigan came out hot early on, as senior midfielder Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven) dodged from the left GLE before faking low and going high for the early 1-0 lead. Fellow senior midfielder Anthony Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) made it 2-0 1:24 later on a rip from the left side after taking a feed from McIntyre.

Both teams exchanged possessions over the next eight minutes before CSU called a timeout at 3:48 after earning possession in the Michigan zone. CSU didn't score immediately out of the timeout but earned a man-up opportunity moments later. Michigan and junior goaltender Mark Stone (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) were up to the task however, stopping a shot from the left wing as Michigan took a 2-0 lead into the first-quarter break.

Senior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, MD./Bullis) made it 3-0 just 15 seconds into the second quarter on a low side-arm shot from the far right wing. CSU answered quickly however, scoring on the next possession on a dodge and bounce shot from the right side. CSU drew within one on their next possession, scoring on a shot from 12 yards out on the right wing.

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