Defending Champ CSU Announces Lacrosse Schedule for 2013

Fort Collins, CO Coming off their first MCLA national championship since 2006, the Colorado State Rams have announced an ambitious and challenging schedule for the 2013 campaign. In addition to featuring eight teams ranked in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse MCLA Coaches' poll at the conclusion of last season and seven teams who competed at the MCLA national championships in May, the schedule will include seven grueling back-to-backs on either Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday throughout the year.

The Rams will open at home with scrimmages against MCLA Div. II Northern Colorado and NCAA Div. II Colorado Mesa University on Feb. 16 and 17. CSU then has a quick weekend of Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference play with home games against MCLA Div. II Westminster College, a team that will be joining Division I in 2014, and Utah State on Feb. 22 and 23.

After the four-game opening homestand, the Rams hit the road for the first of two major out of conference trips on the season. CSU will be in Las Vegas, NV over the weekend of Mar. 2 and Mar. 3 to take on UC-Santa Barbara and UNLV. The game against the Gauchos will be a rematch of CSU's 6-3 MCLA quarterfinal victory in Greenville, SC last year and the continuation of a terrific non-conference rivalry that has stretched back to the late 1990's. CSU has never faced UNLV in MCLA play and will be looking forward to taking on their long-time Mountain West Conference rival in lacrosse.

Returning for another three-game home stretch on short rest, the Rams will face a brutal three games in four days against three premiere MCLA programs as Loyola Marymount, Simon Fraser, and Virginia Tech come to town on Mar. 7, 9, and 10 respectively. It will be the first home game for the Rams against LMU in nearly a decade. Simon Fraser's visit will mark the fourth straight year the Rams and Clan have met in the regular season, while CSU has not met Virginia Tech in a regular season game since a neutral site affair in 2003.

The Rams are back on the road over the weekend of Mar. 16 and 17, paying a visit for the first time in team history to Chicago, IL to take on Michigan State University and Minnesota-Duluth at Benedictine University. The games against the conference champions of the CCLA and UMLC respectively will be extremely challenging for CSU and very important in deciding potential tournament seeds later down the line.

After a weekend off, the Rams will host Chapman University on campus Monday, Mar. 25. CSU and Chapman have been going at it with regularity over the past several years, meeting in Oregon in 2012, Colorado in 2011, and California in 2009. It will be the second time in series history that the two teams have met on a Monday night in Fort Collins and the atmosphere is sure to be electric on campus.

CSU is off for Easter Weekend before entering the meat of its RMLC schedule with a trip to Utah for games against long-time rival Brigham Young University in Provo on Friday, Apr. 5 and then fellow RMLC foe Utah in Salt Lake City on Apr. 6. In the MCLA's premiere rivalry, CSU and BYU are 5-5 against each other since 2009 and have defeated each other in the two previous MCLA semifinal contests. The Rams got the better of the Cougars in the 2012 MCLA semis after BYU ended CSU's season in 2011.

Colorado State wraps up its home schedule with one last back-to-back event on the weekend of Apr. 12 and 13. The Rams will face the University of Georgia on Friday night and then take on RMLC opponent New Mexico on Saturday. CSU has not faced either opponent in sanctioned MCLA play. The game against Georgia will be held in Highlands Ranch, CO at Shea Stadium as part of the team's 5th Hall of Fame Celebration.

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2012-11-26



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