From the opening quarter, it was all Colorado State (15-2) who completely dominated BYU, the defending national champions, 11-5, thanks mostly to the play of CSU attackman Austin Fisher, who factored in on eight of the Rams’ 11 markers on the evening, and a defense that smothered the Cougars. After feeling each other for the first five minutes, Fisher scored a pair of goals barely over a minute apart, with the second coming on an assist from Tim Taggart. Fisher returned the favor on the Rams third goal by sending a skip pass up to where Taggart ripped a shot stick-side high. Before the quarter was out, the lead bumped up to 4-0 after Dustin Grybinas finished a feed from Alex Devlin. The march continued in the second as Fisher started things off by completing his hat trick and then set up Sean Smith for bomb high on the left side to balloon the advantage to 6-0.
“The defense just kept giving us the ball, which is nice,” said Fisher, who finished with five goals and three assists. “And our offense was really moving well and working for each other. I was getting looks because our middies and attackmen were working so hard.” “Austin is tough to guard because he’s not the type of guy who goes to the cage a lot,” said Smith. “He’s really good in a lot of different situations. A lot of times he has missed those goals he buried tonight, and that’s the sign of a mature player.”