#1 Colorado State Battles for Tough Victory over #21 Georgia

Fort Collins, CO After one quarter against the visiting #21 Georgia Bulldogs on Friday night, the top-ranked Colorado State Rams found themselves in the unfamiliar position of trailing 4-1. But the Rams stormed back, scoring nine of the game's next 10 goals over the next 35 minutes to finally put away a pesky and athletic Bulldog team, 12-7.

The Bulldogs had it going on both ends of the field early in the contest as goaltender David Lumsden turned aside four very quality scoring opportunities for the Rams while his team jumped out to their first quarter lead. While Lumsden was doing his work on the defensive end, Georgia shooters were finding some creases in the CSU defense as well. Connor Reed scored twice in the opening frame for Georgia.

But the CSU offense finally broke through in the second quarter, getting kick-started by a man-up goal from senior attackman Austin Fisher (Rock Canyon HS/Highlands Ranch, CO). After Fisher's tally, the Rams got three more goals from three different goal scorers and held the Bulldogs off the scoreboard for the remainder of the half to head into intermission with a 5-4 lead.

The Rams wasted no time in the third quarter, pounding home three straight goals in the first three minutes of the frame to push the lead out to 8-4 before Georgia stopped the bleeding on a man-up strike. But Fisher scored unassisted just 23 seconds later and senior Tim Taggart (Mountain Vista HS/Highlands Ranch, CO) followed that up with his first goal of the game to make it 10-5 Rams early in the fourth.

Georgia didn't give up and scored twice to cut the lead to 10-7 with 10:17 to play, but the Rams got another goal from Fisher and then an unassisted strike by freshman midfielder Eric Uhl (The Masters School/Simsbury, CT) to give CSU their final cushion of 12-7.

Despite their shaky start, the CSU defense played well over the final three quarters of the game, holding the MCLA's leading goal scorer Trent Dean to just two goals, both on extra-man chances. Reed led Georgia with three goals while Fisher had a game-high four goals. Taggart had two goals and an assist while fellow senior Dustin Grybinas (Kirkwood HS/Kirkwood, MO) continued his hot streak with two points as well.

The teams were virtually even on face-offs as CSU controlled 13 of 23 draws. The Rams outshot Georgia by a 39-22 margin and scooped up 42 groundballs to the Bulldogs' 20, but Lumsden's 15 saves kept UGA within striking distance right through the end. Colorado State had success on the ride, forcing nine failed clears by Georgia on the evening.

The game marked the first ever MCLA contest between the two teams. Colorado State (13-0 overall, 3-0 RMLC) will finish the regular season with two conference games, taking on New Mexico on Sunday afternoon ahead of next Saturday's Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown against the #2 Colorado Buffaloes at Hughes Stadium. Georgia falls to 11-2 and will face-off against the Buffs at Folsom Field in Boulder on Saturday afternoon.

2013-04-13



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