Regis Victorious Over Division 1 New Mexico

DENVER, CO The Regis University, Rangers (4-4) were victorious over their Division I opponent, the University of New Mexico, Lobos (2-3) on Saturday, with a final score of 9-8.

Despite falling behind at the end of the first half, Regis dominated the second half action and the Ranger defense kept the Lobos at bay for the remainder of the game. Junior midfielder T.J. Nixon's three goals and sophomore Ted Emery's two goals and two assists also helped solidify the win for the Rangers.

"The most impressive part about the game Saturday was our defense; they stepped-up when they needed to. When the Lobos took a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, our defense held them there and gave the offense a chance to contribute." Coach Leach says.

Allowing just a single shot by the Lobos in the second quarter, the Rangers' defense kept their team in it. While the offense continued to find chances to tilt the score, getting one into the net would prove more difficult. On 22 shots in the first half, the score still sat at 3-2 for UNM.

"We just couldn't find the back of the net for some reason, but we kept it up, kept firing, and we knew it would only be a matter of time," explained attackman and team captain Ted Emery. In the third quarter, the boys from Regis found the net six times on 12 shots, validating Emery's analysis, and taking the lead 9-6.

After their game with the University of New Mexico, the Rangers have only four regular season games remaining, but continue to improve their skills each time they step on the field.

"We're becoming more confident and more assertive in the way we do things," Coach Leach explains. "We're better on faceoffs and the offense is reacting and adjusting to the defense in ways we haven't seen this season. We're attacking the middle, riding hard, and playing smart ... those are three things we've been stressing everyday with our team and it's good to see they are paying attention."

The Rangers will put their hard work and skills into play during their next game when they take on the Creighton University Bluejays on Sunday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m. at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

2011-04-05



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