Loveland, CO – Even in their fifth game in eight days, the #1 Colorado State University Rams were sharp in all phases of the game, jumping out to an 8-0 lead midway through the second quarter before coasting to a 14-5 victory over #10 Virginia Tech on a blustery Sunday afternoon in Northern Colorado. The Rams led 9-1 at the half and 11-2 at the end of three quarters in their first regular season meeting with the Hokies since the 2003 season.
CSU captain Alex Devlin (Langley HS / Great Falls, VA) busted out of his scoring slump in a big way with two first quarter goals for the Rams. The CSU defense held serve on their end as well, setting up a decisive second quarter in which the Rams outscored Virginia Tech 6-1. Junior attackman Kacy Carter (Rock Canyon HS / Castle Rock, CO) was outstanding again, scoring five goals to tie a career-high.
Leading 9-1 at halftime, the Rams outscored the Hokies 5-4 in the second half to preserve the win for CSU – their second against an MCLA Top 10 team in the 2013 season. Colorado State was dominant in this contest, outshooting Virginia Tech 40-13 and picking up 45 groundballs to Tech’s 13. The Hokies turned the ball over 19 times as the CSU defense played aggressively all game long.
Carter and fellow attackmen Austin Fisher (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) and Sean Smith (Amherst HS / Amherst, NY) combined for 13 points while eight other Rams registered at least a point for CSU on the afternoon. Defensemen Hayden Porter (Heritage HS / Littleton, CO) and Tyler Zabor (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) were outstanding, forcing six turnovers and scooping up eight groundballs between them.
CSU goalies combined for three saves on the afternoon while Virginia Tech’s Charlie Blakeley made 14. Preston Naslonski led the Hokies with three goals while All-American Matthew Giannelli was held to zero points and just one shot by CSU’s stalwart defensive effort.
Colorado State (7-0 overall, 1-0 RMLC) heads back on the road next weekend to take on Michigan State and Minnesota-Duluth on the campus of Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. Virginia Tech (4-2) has a day off before tangling with #23 Simon Fraser in a neutral site contest in Boulder, CO on Tuesday.