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Sports / Recreation

CSU men's lacrosse wins fifth national championship

May 21, 2012

The CSU men's lacrosse team beat Cal Poly 7-5 to win its fifth national championship, ending a five-year title drought.

The CSU men's lacrosse team won its first championship since 2006.The CSU men’s lacrosse team once again rules the land.

The Rams used stellar goalie play from Jack Regan and four points from Alex Devlin to beat Cal Poly 7-5 Saturday night in the championship match at the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Championships in Greenville, S.C. The title, CSU’s first since 2006, is the fifth for the Rams, breaking the record of four held by defending champion Brigham Young.

Regan up to the challenge

The Rams, who beat Illinois, UC-Santa Barbara and BYU to get to the title match, normally utilize a two-goalie system that features Koltin Fatzinger and Regan, but Fatzinger suffered a hamstring injury in the quarterfinals, leaving Regan to handle all of the action in net.

Regan came up big for the Rams, who trailed 2-1 early in the match before going more than 34 minutes without allowing a goal to Cal Poly. Regan had 12 saves overall and led a CSU defense that allowed just 15 goals in four games – a tournament record.

With Regan and the defense doing their part, CSU’s offense utilized a five-goal burst during that period to build a 6-2 lead that stood up. Cal Poly closed within 6-4 in the fourth quarter before Stephen Unkrich scored to give the Rams some breathing room down the stretch.

First title for coach Smith

CSU, which entered the tournament ranked second in the nation, finished with a 19-2 record. The title is the first for coach Alex Smith.

The national championship is the second this spring for CSU, which also picked a title in disc golf. The CSU women’s lacrosse team fell just short of another title, finishing second.

CSU: Home of the champions

CSU has won 23 national club sports championships overall, and has a chance to make it 24 with the baseball team seeking its seventh title this week.