No. 3 Brigham Young Downs No. 5 Colorado St. in RMLC Semi

Grand Junction, CO For the first time since the 2010 season, the Colorado State Rams will not bring home the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference championship cup. The #5 Rams were competitive throughout with the #3 Brigham Young Cougars but unable to hold a 4-3 lead in the second half as the Cougars pulled away for a 10-7 victory in the RMLC semifinals Friday afternoon.

The two teams started quickly with each netting a tally in the first three minutes of the game. But scoring dried up shortly thereafter as the defenses settled in and kept each other off the scoreboard for the next 18 minutes of game-time. The Cougars and Rams traded goals for the last 8:41 of the second quarter each scoring twice to make it a 3-3 game at the half.

The Rams took their first and only lead with 8:17 left in the third quarter when sophomore Jake Johnson (Bridgton Academy; Lake Forest, CA) beat his man from behind the goal. But BYU was about to take charge of the game, scoring five straight goals over the next 10 minutes to take an 8-4 lead with 10:41 left in the fourth quarter.

Colorado State sophomore Brian Allen (Judge Memorial HS; Salt Lake City, UT) was a bright spot for the Rams, scoring consecutive goals just :22 apart to pull CSU within two at 8-6. Allen's two quick markers gave him a hat-trick on the afternoon and provided a spark to a relatively calm rivalry game.

BYU made it 9-6 with 3:56 remaining and the Rams answered quickly back just :16 later to stay within striking distance at 9-7. But the Cougars salted the rest of the game away and got an empty net goal with :15 left to give them the key 10-7 victory.

Allen's three goals led the Rams, who also got two goals from senior Kacy Carter (Rock Canyon HS; Castle Rock, CO) and single point efforts from four other players. The Cougars were led by four points from attackman Aaron Fjeldsted and three goals by midfielder Nick Stevens.

Colorado State (10-5 overall; 2-2 RMLC) loses its first RMLC semifinal since the 2009 season and will await its fate from the MCLA selection committee on Monday morning. The Rams should be solidly in the tournament field, but their seed will be determined by the committee.

BYU's victory moves them into the RMLC championship game on Saturday night against the #2 University of Colorado, who took care of #12 Westminster 15-8.

2014-05-04



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