Penalties Costly to Grizzlies in Loss to Colorado Mesa

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Colorado Mesa scored on all five of their man-up opportunities and held off a furious Adams State rally to claim an intense 10-9 WILA win in both teams' final games of the 2013 season, Saturday afternoon here at Walker Field.

The Mavericks' Michael Beimford scored four goals, including two man-up tallies, to lead CMU, which finished the year with a 7-6 overall record and a 4-2 WILA mark.

The Grizzlies, who endured 8 ½ total penalty minutes, finish the year 3-9 overall and 2-4 in WILA play, good for third place in the league standings behind the Mavericks, who won last year's title, and 2013 Champion Dominican (Calif.). The third place finish is the best is ASU's best in three all-time seasons.

The Grizzlies fell behind 3-0 as Beimford scored a man-up goal 3:33 into the second period before the Grizzlies pulled even with three goals in the next 3:19 by Jake Moberly (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Mike Telles (Henderson, Nev.) and Josh Peterman (Santa Ana, Calif.).

Beimford then scored again with 3:46 left in the first half to put the Mavericks up 4-3 before Moberly, Ian Morrison and Telles all scored in a 3-1 third-quarter Grizzly spurt that put the Grizzlies up 6-5.

However, a 3-minute penalty on the Grizzlies proved costly as Robinson and Griffin Perkiel tallied two goals, which came just 56 seconds apart, to give Mavericks a 7-6 lead through three quarters.

The hosts then used that momentum to build a 9-6 lead with 7:55 left thanks to three more goals, including man-up tallies by Robinson and Mitch Flaherty after two more Grizzly penalties.

However, Morrison scored again with 6:13 left to cut the gap to 10-7 before Seth Stowell (Lakeside, Calif.) and Kevin Bertrand (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) scored two goals just 15 seconds apart in the game's final minute to make the score even closer.

Telles scored in every game of his freshman season, finishing with a school-record 26 tallies. That mark is tied for the most in the WILA with Dominican's Cam Evangelho, who plays later Saturday night against Notre Dame de Namur in the Penguins' final game of the season.

Stowell also finished with an impressive 24 goals, third most in the WILA.

Telles also had four ground balls as the Grizzlies scooped up 50 as a team, 10 more than the hosts. Morrison and Moberly also netted two goals each while Telles had two assists to record four total points. Moberly also assisted on a goal as did Anthony Damico (Littleton, Colo.).

Jordan Stillwagon (Littleton, Colo.), the reigning WILA Defensive Player of the Year, finished with seven ground balls while Bryden Pelletier (Lantzville, British Columbia, Canada) tallied six thanks in large part to his 11 for 16 effort at the face-off circle.

The Grizzlies had a 13-8 edge in total face-off wins and also committed just 16 turnovers, three fewer than the Mavericks.

However, CMU goalie Brad Brandenburg made an impressive 15 saves to prevent the Grizzlies from recording their first win in the series between the only two NCAA Division II men's lacrosse programs in the state.

ASU starter Alec Hamlin (Grass Valley, Calif.) made seven saves for the Grizzlies.


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