Grizzlies set to host Colorado Mesa and Westminster


ALAMOSA—The Adams State University men's lacrosse team is returning home for the first time in 16 days. The team has also been on a ten day rest since their last game in Huntsville, Alabama. They will host two teams over this coming weekend. Friday's game is set for 3:00P p.m. against No. 18 Colorado Mesa. Sunday's game is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. against Westminster.

Recently for Adams State Men's Lacrosse the Grizzlies are now 3-2 on the season, which is a great improvement compared to their position this time last year.

The 2016 team was only 1-5 by March 25th, 2016. In the last three games, ASU is 2-1 with the only loss coming against No. 4 Lindenwood. Most recently the Grizzlies had a thriller against Huntsville but managed to hold on for a 10-9 win.

The Mavericks are currently 8-2 overall and ranked 18th nationally. Mesa is 5-1 in their last six games. Most recently the team lost rough one 15-7 on the road against No. 14 Tampa last Wednesday. Steve Brandenburg is the leading scorer with 32 goals and 14 assists. Jayden Campbell will also be an offensive weapon to watch for with 78 percent shots on goal and 19 goals scored. The Mavericks have utilized three goalies on the season with Remi Reeves handling the majority of the duties. Reeves has recorded 71 saves for a 54.6 save percentage.

The Grizzlies faced the Mavericks three times last season, losing them all. The last meeting was in the first round of the RMAC tournament. Despite the challenge of facing the top ranked team in the conference, the Grizzlies would only be defeated 9-6. The game got as close as 7-5 with a goal by Seth Stowell with little time remaining. Colorado Mesa would eventually go on to the RMAC tournament one day later.

The Griffins are also 3-2 overall but will have a contest at CSU-Pueblo on Friday. Westminster's two losses were against ranked foes, No. 14 Tampa and No. 17 St. Leo. The team has also beaten a ranked team in No. 18 Rockhurst. Troy Vance will lead the attack with his 10 goals and two assists. The Griffins share the ball well with 15 total players scoring this year. Connor McFarlane has 47 saves and a 48 percent  save rate to anchor the defense.

The last meeting between these teams occurred on April 22nd of last year in Salt Lake City. The Griffins won that match up 17-7. On that day Connor Johnson came up with seventeen saves, but the Grizzlies had a tough offensive output and dropped the game.


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