The second-ranked Florida Gators snapped Oregon’s four-game winning streak with a 13-5 victory on Saturday afternoon in Eugene.
The Gators improved the 11-0 with the win while the Ducks fell to 4-2.
Florida started the game off hot, scoring two goals in under five minutes. But with 21:27 to play in the opening half, Oregon’s Casey Brogan got the Ducks on the board with her second goal of the year.
However, the Gators would go on a 4-0 run to take a commanding 6-1 lead with 15:09 to go in the first. Each of Florida’s goals during the run were scored by a different player.
Shannon Propst and Nikki Puszcz helped the Ducks crawl back into the game over the next four minutes, though. At the 14:18 mark, Propst scored her eighth goal of the year off a pass from Puszcz and then returned the favor by dishing the ball off to Puszcz for a goal with 10:51 remaining in the half. Puszcz’s eighth goal of the year made it a 6-3 game.
But Florida regrouped after Puszcz’s goal and went on to score the next three goals thanks to Gabi Wiegand, Ashley Bruns and Brittany Dashiell, who posted a hat-trick in the first half, to take a 9-3 lead heading into halftime.
In the second half, Oregon used patient possessions to cut the Gator lead to five, 9-4, when Propst scored an unassisted goal at the 21:41 mark.
The Ducks could not pull within five the rest of the way.
Colorado College made the most of its first appearance at one of the meccas of lacrosse, using five consecutive goals in the second quarter to post a 7-2 victory over Babson College on Saturday night at Johns Hopkins University.
“It was a good game and a great night,” head coach Sean Woods said. “We talked about the history of Homewood Field and how many great games have been played here. It was a solid effort by everybody, especially the defense.”
Freshman goaltender Chase Murphy stopped 14 shots, the third time this season he finished with double-digit saves. It also marked the third game in a row CC the defense has held an opponent to fewer than five goals.
“Chase was standing on his head,” Woods said. “He really had a fabulous game and our defense was giving up the right shots. Chase made all the saves he should have and, quite frankly, a few that he should not have made.”
After falling behind 1-0 early in the second quarter, the Tigers struck for five unanswered markers to build a four-point lead after 30 minutes.
“We put the brakes on a little bit in the second half and focused on having quality possessions,” Woods said. “We were up four goals so we took our opportunities when they came.”
Colorado College (5-1) puts its three-game winning streak on the line when it visits No. 7 Salisbury University on Wednesday night.
“Our guys were up to the challenge of playing under the bright lights at Homewood Field and they’ll be up for the challenge of playing under the bright lights at Salisbury,” Woods said. “It’s a big challenge, but one that we’re excited about.”
Arizona State Men’s Lacrosse dominated BYU for the first 3 quarters, allowing just 2 goals while scoring 11, and cruised to a 12-7 win over BYU Saturday afternoon in Mesa, AZ. Attacker Payson Clark led the way with a 5-goal, 1-assist effort as the Sun Devils improved to 7-1 on the season.
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Behind the efforts of a standout defensive effort which included a second-half shutout, the #1 Colorado State Rams outpaced #11 Michigan State 9-3 on a chilly afternoon on the campus of Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. The Rams never trailed in the game as they handed the Spartans their first loss on the year and ran off their 18th consecutive win stretching back to April of 2012.
CSU started hot as senior Alex Devlin (Langley HS / Great Falls, VA) found a lane on the right side and stuck home a bouncer just three minutes into the contest. After Michigan State answered back a few minutes later, the Rams went on a 5-2 run heading into halftime to lead 6-3 at intermission. MSU’s Mitchell Hall scored with less than a second on the clock in the second quarter to break what had been a 12-minute scoring drought for the Spartans.
After halftime, the story was CSU’s defense, headlined by seniors Tyler Zabor (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO), Hayden Porter (Heritage HS / Littleton, CO) and Patrick Sullivan (Heritage HS / Littleton, CO), who combined for eight caused turnovers and seven groundballs. Junior goaltender Koltin Fatzinger (Wheat Ridge HS / Thornton, CO) was hot in the last thirty minutes, making five saves to help secure the victory.
Sean Smith (Amherst HS / Amherst, NY) led the Rams with four points on two goals and two assists while attackmen Austin Fisher (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) and Kacy Carter (Rock Canyon HS / Castle Rock, CO) added two apiece. Devlin and senior Josh Gregg (Columbine HS / Littleton, CO) each had two points for the Rams as well. Michigan State’s Mitchell Hall had two points to lead MSU.
CSU and Michigan State were dead even in shots with 27 apiece and the Spartans controlled the face-off circle with an impressive 9/13 performance against CSU’s typically strong draw unit. The Rams won all the other stat categories, including a decisive 33-17 edge in groundballs that ultimately told the story of the game. CSU’s two goalies combined for 12 saves while Michigan State’s Matt Allemang had seven in a full game’s worth of work.
After opening the 2013 season with four straight away games the Fresno State lacrosse team returns to Bulldog Stadium for its first home game of the season, hosting MPSF opponent California on March 19 at 5 p.m.
Fresno State (1-3) is led by Marcy Levatino and Anjelica Fuccillo who have nine goals each and combine for 24 points on the season.
The Bulldogs are looking forward to playing their first of four home games in Bulldog stadium this season.
“We are really looking forward to coming home and showing the Red Wave what we have been working hard on,” said head coach Jessica Pausewang. “Cal will be a great game to show how we have progressed as a team and to play at home with the Greek community supporting us will be a very special night.”
It’s Greek Night in Bulldog Stadium! The house with the most attendance will receive a free pizza party with the team. There will also be fun activities throughout the game for all Greeks.
Following Tuesdays game, the Bulldogs travel to the East Coast to take on Albany, Stony Brook, Manhattan and Columbia.
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