Adams State Shut Down by Colorado Mesa Defense

ALAMOSA, Colo.- After a 2-0 and 3-1 start in which little went wrong, Adams State was held scoreless for 37½ minutes by the WILA's top defense en-route to an 11-6 win by visiting Colorado Mesa, Saturday afternoon at the ASU Lacrosse & Soccer Field.

The Grizzlies, who fell to 1-5 overall and to 0-1 in WILA play, scored the game's opening goal just 49 seconds into the contest and took a 2-0 lead later in the first quarter before the Mavericks (4-4, 2-1 WILA) scored just 28 seconds later.

The Grizzlies then opened a 3-1 lead just 1:41 into the second quarter on the first of two Kevin Bertrand (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) goals. However, the Mavericks' Michael Beimford scored two unassisted goals just 1:45 apart to knot the score at 3 heading into the halftime.

The Mavericks then scored all four third-period goals and added another Beimford tally early in the fourth to complete what ended up being a 7-0 Maverick run as CMU took an 8-3 lead.

The teams then evenly split the game's final six goals, all registered in a fast-paced final six minutes when the contest was already decided to complete the scoring.

The in-state rivalry was clean in the first half as neither team was flagged. However, things got chippy in the final 22 minutes as the teams combined for seven penalties totaling 6 ½ minutes.

Other than on the final scoreboard, the statistics were quite even. The Mavericks finished with a 39-38 advantage in total shots after the Grizzlies had a 9-4 edge in the first quarter.

The Mavericks did win the ground ball battle 50-39 after trailing 13-8 in that category in the opening quarter. The Mavericks also won 13 of 21 face-offs including all four in the second quarter.

The visitors were guilty of 24 total turnovers, one more than the Grizzlies.

Beimford led the offensive attack for CMU, registering his first career hat trick. He also added an assist and finished with four offensive points on eight shots. Beimford also scooped up five ground balls.

Meanwhile, Kade Robinson scored twice while James Sharp tallied a goal and two assists to aid the cause.

Reigning WILA Defensive Player of the Week Brad Brandenburg, a CMU junior, made seven saves allowing just three goals in net before reliever Zach Weaver let in the remaining three Grizzly goals in 8 ½ minutes worth of work.

Meanwhile, freshman Alec Hamlin (Grass Valley, Calif.) made a career-high 11 saves for the Grizzlies.

Ian Morrison (Menlo Park, Calif.), Bryden Pelletier (Lantzville, British Columbia, Canada), Seth Stowell (Lakeside, Calif.) and Mike Telles (Henderson, Nev.) all joined Bertrand as goal scorers for ASU while Johnny Neal (Greenwood Village, Colo.) and Jamison Bobo (Petaluma, Calif.) recorded assists.

Stowell led all players with 14 shots, but put just five on net as the Grizzlies finished with just 16 shots on goal out of their 38 total. Stowell has now scored in five of ASU's six games and leads the team with 14 markers.

Defensively, Kyle Post (Centennial, Colo.) recorded four caused turnovers while Neal led ASU with five ground balls.

Matt Landon was 6 for 11 on face-offs and recorded a game-high eight groundballs for CMU while Brandenburg tallied seven.

The Grizzlies will attempt to snap what is now a 4-game slide next weekend when they host WILA-leading Dominican (Calif.) on Friday before hosting Notre Dame de Namur (Calif.) on Sunday in their third straight WILA home game before finishing the campaign with three of their final four on the road.

Friday's match-up with the Penguins (4-4, 2-0 WILA) is slated for 4:00 p.m. while Sunday's against the Argos, currently 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the WILA, is slated for noon.

2013-03-30



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