Saturday, April 21, 2012

Buffs Fall to Rams in Double Overtime

DENVER, Colo. (04/21/2012)  – The No. 9 University of Colorado men’s lacrosse team fell 11-10 to No. 4 Colorado State University in double overtime at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday night.

Riley Seidel, Mitch Erickson, Harrison Mallen, Riley Kulm, Tyler Doughrety and Greg Kelsic all scored for the Buffaloes, while Doughrety, Jace Gan and Alex Puldy picked up the assists.

The first quarter began with the Buffs being held in neutral territory by the Rams as both teams fought for the first goal of the game. The Buffaloes struck first, when Seidel challenged the Rams goaltender and snuck the ball into the back of the net. Colorado continued to fight through the quarter as Erickson scored on a fast breakaway with nine seconds left on the clock. 

The Buffaloes began the second quarter strong, scoring in the first 52 seconds when midfielder Mallen rolled the crease and put the ball in the back of the net, increasing the Buffaloes lead to 3-0. With 7:20 remaining in the quarter the Buffs gave up their first goal of the contest to the Rams, but Colorado was not ready to surrender just yet. Less than two minutes later, Kulm was found in front of the net and scored a goal for the Buffs. With 57 seconds left in the first half, the Rams were able to find the back of the cage, tightening the Buffs lead to 4-2.

The Rams began the second half hungry for a fast goal, pressuring Colorado’s defense and scoring six seconds into the third quarter. After losing possession for several minutes, the Buffaloes were able to recoup and challenge the Rams offense, regaining control of the game. With 7:45 left in the quarter Doughrety put the ball past the Rams goaltender. Thirty seconds later, the Buffs put the ball in the back of the net to push Colorado’s lead to 6-3, but the Rams were still fighting back. With 5:02 on the clock CSU was able to weave through the Buffaloes defense and score their fourth goal of the contest. The back and forth play continued when Dougherty found the ball at the top of the crease to answer Colorado State with another goal for CU. The Buffs continued their offensive push, scoring only 15 seconds later when Gan found Seidel for another Colorado goal, ending the quarter with an 8-4 lead for the Buffs.  

The Rams wasted no time in the fourth quarter finding their way through the Colorado defense and scoring their fifth goal. Only 1:56 later Puldy found Kulm in the box who drove the ball into the back of the net for the Buffaloes. The Rams continued their attempt to gain control of the game, driving a goal in with 6:50 on the clock. The Buffs attempted to cling to their momentum, when Mullen found Seidel in the box scoring on an empty CSU net, but the Rams continued their offensive assault. With 2:30 remaining in the fourth, the Rams were able to find the back of the net three more times to bring Colorado’s lead to one. With the final seconds ticking off the clock Colorado State was able to tie the game at 10-10 and send the contest into a sudden death over time.

Both teams were able to hold strong through the first over time. However, with 2:19 remaining in the second over time, the Rams break past Colorado’s defense to complete their comeback, defeating the Buffaloes 11-10.

“We didn’t finish tonight. We had too many missed opportunities and bad coaching decisions,” said head coach John Galvin. “We’ve also had a problem with faceoffs all year, we’re pretty inconsistent. We’ll have good games and bad games, but losing faceoffs especially in overtime is hard to come back from.”

Next, the Buffaloes will head to the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference playoffs in Grand Junction, Colo. from May 4th-5th.

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
6:46 CU Riley Seidel
:09 CU Mitch Erickson
Second Quarter
14:08 CU Harrison Mallen
7:20 CSU Austin Fisher
5:34 CU Riley Kulm, assisted by Tyler Doughrety
:57 CSU Sean Smith
Third Quarter
            14:54 CSU Dan Warfield
7:45 CU Tyler Doughrety (12th goal)
7:15CU Greg Kelsic
            5:02 CSU Kacy Carter
4:48 CU Tyler Doughrety (13)
4:33 CU Riley Siedel, assisted by Jace Gan
Fourth Quarter
            13:00 CSU Mike Wolf, assisted by Tim Taggart
11:04 CU Riley Kulm, assisted by Alex Puldy
            6:50 CSU Zack Arthur
6:18 CU Riley Kulm
            5:26 CSU Kacy Carter
4:03 CSU Kacy Carter
2:54 CSU Sean Smith, assisted by Kacy Carter
:39 CSU Austin Fisher, assisted by Mike Wolff
First Overtime
Second Overtime
2:19 CSU Sean Smith