No. 12 Chapman Knocks off No. 3 Colorado State

Orange, CA The #3 Colorado State Rams dropped a one-goal decision to the #12 Chapman Panthers to close their spring break trip on a gorgeous night at Chapman University. The Rams came back from a 5-3 deficit to tie the game late before the Panthers notched the winner with 3:46 remaining and handed CSU a 6-5 loss.

Chapman opened things up with two quick goals before the game was even two minutes old, but CSU battled back with a quickstick from freshman AJ Stewart (Rocky Mountain HS; Fort Collins, CO) to make the score 2-1 at the end of the first period.

The Panthers made it 3-1 when AJ Rafter sprinted down the alley and stuck a shot near-side. Colorado State fought back again, this time scoring twice in the final five minutes of the half to tie the game after 30 minutes.

Coming out of the halftime break, Chapman had the ball for over seven straight minutes before finally scoring with 7:46 remaining in the quarter. The Panthers scored again shortly thereafter when Mike Marchand picked up a groundball on the crease and stuffed one home for the two goal lead.

CSU took control of the final quarter behind goals by Chris Roach (Wheat Ridge HS; Westminster, CO) and Sean Smith (Amherst HS; Amherst, NY), both assisted by Stewart. But the Rams got caught on a bad substitution at a crucial time and Marchand found Keaton Gianotti alone in front for the winner.

The Rams offense continues to struggle in the absence of several key pieces, managing only 17 shots. Chapman, aided by 16 shot barrage in the third quarter, finished with 34. Smith and Stewart led the Rams with a goal and two assists each while Marchand matched that effort for Chapman.

Colorado State falls to 6-3 on the season and will return home for another key out of conference weekend as #14 Davenport and UNLV come to Fort Collins on Thursday and Saturday respectively. With the win, the Panthers tie the all-time MCLA series at five games apiece with CSU and move their record to 5-4.

2014-03-23



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