No. 2 Colorado State Edges No. 9 Michigan State

Loveland, CO Using a balanced scoring attack and strong defensive effort, the #2 Colorado State Rams won an important out of conference clash with the visiting #9 Michigan State Spartans on Friday evening.

Weather again moved the game off campus to the Loveland Sports Park, but skies slowly cleared throughout the contest as the Rams outpaced the Spartans 8-7.

CSU scored on their opening possession of the game with 13:17 remaining in the first quarter before the goals dried up for the rest of the first frame. But the pace picked up considerably in an exciting second quarter that saw the Rams erase a 2-1 deficit and take a 5-3 lead into halftime.

Senior midfielder Gus Brunger (Castle View HS/Castle Rock, CO) had two goals in the first half, including a key marker with just :02 remaining in the second quarter.

Colorado State stretched their lead to 7-4 in the third quarter as freshman Ashton Monheiser (Mountain Vista HS/Highlands Ranch, CO) stuck a shot with just :46 remaining in the period. The final quarter was a back and forth affair as CSU made the score 8-5 with 2:53 remaining when senior Sean Smith (Amherst HS/Amherst, NY) finished a shot between MSU goalie Matt Allemang's legs.

But the Spartans made things interesting, getting a man-up goal from Joseph Mikkelsen with 1:37 remaining and then another tally from star attackman Mitchell Hall with just :45 left in the game to make it a one-goal game.

While Mikkelsen was outstanding on face-offs all game long, winning 10 of 17 draws on the evening, junior Brian Roach (Wheat Ridge HS/Westminster, CO) came up with the final and most important one, pulling the ball back into the waiting stick of Tim Miaskiewicz (Mullen HS/Denver, CO). The Rams were able to salt away the final moments of the game as they moved to 4-0 on the young season.

Brunger and Monheiser each finished with two goals while Smith added an assist to his pair of goals to give him a game-high three points. Hall had two goals to lead the Spartans, who got goals from six other players on the night.

CSU outshot MSU 34-25 and scooped up four more groundballs, despite the disparity facing off. After a 20 turnover performance against Texas, the Rams were much cleaner, failing only one clear and turning the ball over a respectable 14 times on the evening.

Colorado State doesn't have much time to enjoy the victory as RMLC rivals Brigham Young wait in the wings for Saturday night on campus.

BYU dropped a 17-7 decision against Colorado on Friday evening and come into the contest with a record of 6-2.


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