Colorado State Downs BC to Reach Semifinals

Commerce City, COLO Second-seeded Colorado State used a seven-goal third quarter to distance themselves from 10th-seeded Boston College and advance to the MCLA semifinals for the first time since 2007. The Rams led 6-5 at halftime before going on their decisive run in the third on their way to a 14-9 victory. CSU was led by sophomore attackman Austin Fisher's four goal performance and a balanced effort from a midfield that put pressure on the Eagles all game long.

With a one-goal lead at halftime, Colorado State blitzed the Eagles in the third, scoring three goals in the span of 2:14 to push the lead to four. Midfielders Greyson Konkel, Tim Taggart and Spencer Morrison all got in the act as the Rams started to take over the game. After some back and forth play in the middle portion of the quarter, CSU went on another three goal run, this time scoring goals in just 1:47 of game-time to put the game out of reach.

"That was one of the better defenses we've seen this year," said CSU coach Alex Smith. "They made us work for everything, but the offense was just having a great day. I thought Austin Fisher just played outstanding. When he is going at that level, other teams can't just focus on Cooper (Kehoe) and we are a tough team to stop."

Fisher's four-goal performance comes on the heels of a three-goal first round game against Minnesota-Duluth on Tuesday afternoon and is his best scoring output since tallying six goals against Lindenwood back in March. CSU also got three points from Kehoe on one goal and two assists and two goals each from Garrett Fugier, Taggart and Konkel.

Boston College came into the game after a dominating game at the face-off 'x' against Colorado in the first round, but Scott Gelston and Dan Warfield turned in an impressive day on draws, going a combined 15/26 against BC's impressive long pole Justin Katchis. BC also had a balanced day scoring with six players notching at least two points. Midfielder Alexander Prostano led the way with two goals and an assist.

CSU advances to the MCLA semifinals for the first time since 2007 with the win and will play the rubber match against RMLC rival #3 Brigham Young on Friday afternoon at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park Stadium. The Rams and Cougars split 8-5 wins already this year with BYU winning in the regular season and CSU taking the RMLC championship game in Grand Junction two weekends ago.

"Playing BYU in the semifinals is a special opportunity," said Smith. "They are a great team and we have respect for them, but there is no love lost. It's the best rivalry in the MCLA and we hope to put on a great show for everyone. We've won one and they've won one, so anything can happen. We're excited to put our best foot forward and let the chips fall."

CSU and BYU last met in the national tournament in 2006, the Rams last national championship season. The Rams and Cougars have played in four previous MCLA tournament games. Face-off is slated for 4:00 pm MST and can be seen live on Fox College Sports. The winner will play the winner of the second semifinal game between #1 Michigan and #5 Arizona State.

2011-05-20



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