BYU lacrosse lost its second straight game against the No. 1 Colorado State Rams.
BYU has played the top three teams in the nation in its last three games. It defeated No. 3 Stanford last week and lost last Saturday by two points to No. 2 University of Colorado.
CSU came out strong, scoring six points in the first quarter compared to the Cougars’ sole goal of the quarter. The Cougars picked it up in the second and the third quarters defensively, as well as offensively. They only allowed four goals and scored three. At the end of the third quarter BYU was down 4–10. The last quarter was similar to the first with six goals scored by the Rams and only one by the Cougars.
“They outplayed us in every aspect of the game,” sophomore attackman Mike Fabrizio said. “They took us out of our game, and we can’t let teams do that to us. Maybe we won’t win every game, but we can’t let teams take us out of our element.”
The Cougars fall to 11–3 while the Rams continue an undefeated season at 11–0. CSU is the defending national champion, and the team is packed with experienced players on both sides of the field. Although BYU is a team with many young players, it is full of great talent.
“We need to work on one, pure effort and two, discipline,” BYU coach Matt Schneck said. “We were just a step slower than CSU tonight. So we need to figure out internally what that means.”
BYU still has three more games in the regular season before they prepare for the tournament, where they are likely to face CSU again.
“It is almost a blessing for us,” senior long stick midfielder Grayson Dahl said. “It prepares us for the future, and it really puts things in perspective for us.”
The lacrosse team will face Westminster College Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. in Salt Lake City.