Regis Rangers St. Louis Trip a Success

DENVER, CO - The Regis University Rangers (2-2) traveled to St. Louis for the first time, to take on their GRLC Division II foes in Missouri. Regis went 1-2 for the weekend, beating the St. Louis University Billikins (0-1) and falling to the Washington University-St. Louis Bears (4-0) and Missouri Baptist University Spartans (2-2).

After arriving to St. Louis late Friday night, the Regis Rangers braved the elements and got an early-morning start to play their first game against Washington University- St. Louis.

Led by freshman Morgan McDonnell's three goals and sophomore Ted Emery's three points, the Rangers dropped their first game falling to the Bears 12-5.

Senior Goalie Stuyvie Pierrepont's 22 saves, a season-best, was a highlight for the Rangers that capped a difficult loss; as exhaustion over the 15-hour drive, little sleep, and the time-change the day before took its toll, physically, on the team.

"If icy-hot was available in tubs, we would've considered it. Anytime you travel that much, you're bound to be noticeably stiff," said Coach Drew DeMarie.

The following day the Regis team awoke focused. After an early morning breakfast the Rangers took to a local field and ran some of their favorite drills. Taking an opportunity to get sticks worked-in again, loosen up the joints, and renew focus on the day's agenda. "Not to mention it's also a convenient time to discover all the places in which you're sore," junior midfielder TJ Nixon commented that morning. The rest of the day, the team took a much-needed break, an easy-going lunch, and visiting the Gateway Arch, in hopes to renew themselves before their second game of the weekend.

Donning their new navy-blue uniforms, the Rangers came out with a vengeance against St. Louis University. With help from Emery's four goals and sophomore Jack Walsh's two, the Rangers won in thrilling fashion 8-7.

Despite falling behind after the first quarter, the Rangers scored two unanswered goals in the fourth, including McDonnell's game-winner with five minutes remaining in the game. Pierrepont's 21 saves against the Billikins led a Regis defense that would hold SLU scoreless in the final stanza and help the 2011 Rangers earn their first road-win of the season.

The final game of the weekend came against Missouri Baptist University where the Rangers suffered their second loss of the road trip. Regis played from behind early and found themselves down 5-0 in the first quarter to the NAIA team from St.Louis.

"We fought hard right down to the end," Coach Leach says "but in the end it just wasn't enough."

Junior T.J. Nixon found a couple goals during the game as the Rangers suffered a 13-5 loss to the Spartans to complete their three-game set.

"All in all, this trip was a huge success. We're committed to becoming more competitive, more relevant in the national-scene, and just overall, more legit," commented sophomore team captain Ted Emery, "It's trip like these that have to become the norm if you want to reach that next level."

Up next for the Regis Rangers is another road trip to face their first divisional opponent of 2011; Montana State University Bobcats in Bozeman, Montana on Sunday, March 20. Regis will return home the following weekend, March 26 and 27, to take on Western State College and Fort Lewis College at the athletic fields on-campus.


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