No. 1 Colorado State Races Past No. 23 Simon Fraser

Loveland, CO After playing visiting #23 Simon Fraser to a 2-2 draw after one quarter, the #1 Colorado State Rams exploded on offense, scoring 11 goals over the second and third quarter to pull away en route to a 16-7 victory on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon.

The Rams were efficient on man-up, scoring five extra-man goals, including three on one non-releasable penalty. For the second consecutive game, at least eight players registered at least one goal for CSU as the Rams found offense from a multitude of sources.

Simon Fraser held a 2-1 lead with 2:21 remaining in the first quarter before the Rams went on a nine goal run that stretched over the next 24 minutes of game time. Colorado State took the lead for good when senior Braxton Campbell (Silverthorne HS/Summit, CO) dumped home a shot in transition with 12:26 remaining in the second frame.

From there, it was all Rams, as CSU stretched out to a 7-2 halftime lead which quickly ballooned to 10-2 less than five minutes into the third quarter. The Rams eventually held a 15-4 lead early in the fourth quarter before Simon Fraser's Ward Spencer and Alex Bohl scored three straight to pull back to within eight.

Senior Tim Taggart (Mountain Vista HS/Highlands Ranch, CO) had a career-high four points on two goals and two assists. Josh Gregg (Columbine HS/Littleton, CO) also set a career mark with two goals while junior attackman Kacy Carter (Rock Canyon HS/Castle Rock, CO) had a hat-trick for the third consecutive game. Spencer led Fraser with three goals and an assist on the afternoon.

The Rams dominated the statistical battle, outshooting SFU 39-24 and picking up 33 groundballs to just 18 for Fraser. The Rams did turn the ball over 16 times, but won 18 of 24 face-off attempts. Senior Dan Warfield was a perfect 12 of 12 at the face-off 'x' on the evening.

Colorado State (6-0 overall, 1-0 RMLC) will finish its difficult five-games in eight-days stretch on Sunday afternoon against a #10 Virginia Tech squad that dropped an 11-4 decision in Boulder, CO to the University of Colorado on Saturday.

Simon Fraser will flip opponents with the Hokies, taking on the Buffaloes on Sunday. The two visiting teams will finish their Colorado road swing with a neutral site game against each other on Tuesday.

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LOVELAND, CO (March 10, 2013) No. 23 Simon Fraser forfeited a 2-1 lead with just 0:02 seconds remaining in the first quarter, commencing a 9-0 CSU run that earned No. 1 Colorado State a 16-7 win over the Clan on the road in Loveland, Colorado.

SFU sophomore attackman Ward Spencer (Saskatoon, SK/Evan Hardy Collegiate) led the Clan in scoring, tying a game-high with 4 points (3g, 1a), including 2 goals and an assist over a 5-6 stretch to end the contest.

Despite a long Simon Fraser possession to begin the match-up, Colorado State would cash in shortly after on the ensuing play to take an early 1-0 lead. SFU would be undeterred by the initial set-back, as Spencer converted a pass out of the hole from freshman midfielder Chris Pond (Penticton, BC/Princess Margaret Secondary) to tie the game at 1-1.

Senior Eric Ransom (Sherwood Park, AB/Bev Facey HS) would then bury a shot from in front of the Ram net to put SFU ahead 2-1 midway through the opening frame. The Clan would hold on to their only lead of the game through the remainder of the first quarter until CSU attackman Kacy Carter (Castle Rock, CO/Rock Canyon HS) seemingly deflated the Clan first quarter effort by scoring his first of three goals on the afternoon to re-tie the game at 2-2 with just 0:02 seconds left on the clock.

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