Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2015

The Colorado State University Lacrosse Alumni Association is excited to announce the CSU men’s lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2015.  This year’s class is a diverse one, spanning three different decades and represents a terrific cross-section of one of the most tradition-rich lacrosse programs in the entire country.

The class includes:

Danny Stevens, Attack, class of 2007.  Currently the fifth all-time leading scorer in CSU lacrosse history, Stevens came from Suffern HS in Suffern, NY and was a captain of the 2006 national championship squad.  Prolific production as a player combined with great toughness and a humble and selfless personality made Stevens one of the best in the MCLA during his generation.

Mike Arthur, Attack, class of 1989.  Mike showed his talent on the field as a team captain and high scorer.  But his greatest contribution may have come off the field.  Arthur served as the president of the club for two years as a student.  He has been active with CSU Lacrosse Alumni Association as well, serving as president for two terms and providing countless opportunities for CSU lacrosse to grow.  Arthur’s son Ryan plays lacrosse at Mercer University in Georgia.

Alex Smith, Goalie, class of 2003.  Perhaps the most athletic goalie ever to play at CSU, Smith was one of the premiere goalies in the MCLA for two of his years.  After starting in the nets for the 2003 national championship team, he went on to play and coach professionally for the Denver Outlaws of the MLL.  Smith is currently the head coach at CSU and the only person in history to be a part of six MCLA national championship teams.

Garth Heth, Face-off Midfield, class of 1998.  Heth’s athleticism and speed always made CSU lacrosse look good and he helped greatly in the transition to MCLA play. He is perhaps the best natural face-off man to ever play at CSU. The fact that he was a three-time captain says a great deal about who he is and what he meant to the team.  Heth has remained extremely active with the program after his retirement and can still be seen honing his craft in men’s club games across the state.

The class will be officially inducted at halftime of the Hall of Fame Game and Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown on April 18 against the University of Colorado.  Face-off is set for 6 p.m. and tickets will be on sale prior to the event.


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The CSU Wrestling team qualified four wrestlers to the NCWA National Wrestling Championships in Allen, TX on March 11-13: sophomore Mike Brungardt (125#), sophomore Abdelaziz “ZZ” BenQadi (165#), freshman Trevor Encinias (197#), and sophomore Andrew Gilles (235#). It was the first year wrestling for CSU for all four wrestlers. The tournament was extremely competitive and large, with each weight featuring at least 35 wrestlers. Brungardt was the standout of the tournament, going 3-2 with two pins and a forfeit, and one of his losses was to the eventual National Champion. Encinias also scored a pin, going 1-2 in his Nationals debut. BenQadi and Gilles both went 0-2 against tough competition. We are a very young team with lots of future potential. Full results are available on, and pictures are on


Rocky Mountain Showdown

Event Information

  • CSU v CU Lacrosse
  • April 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm
  • Hughes Stadium


  • Tickets: $10 for students (all ages) and $12 for adults
  • Purchase tickets from any Lacrosse team member or contact Jared Wade at (303) 818.1479 or

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About the Men’s Lacrosse Sport Club

Founded in 1969, the Colorado State University men’s lacrosse team has grown up considerably in the past 15 years. Since 1999, CSU has won four national titles, the most in MCLA history. With five RMLC titles, the Rams have been traditionally one of the strongest teams in the entire country and have fielded some of the best players to take the field in the MCLA. In 2008, the Rams inducted four members to its inaugural Hall of Fame class. Frank Smith, JD Doyle, Pat Shanley, Mark Plonkey and Mike Roth were all enshrined and will be joined in the coming years by more deserving players.




February 21, 2015

#4 Rams Open Season with 16-5 Win

Canyon, TEXAS – The Colorado State University Rams opened their 2015 season with a dominating 16-5 victory over the Connecticut Huskies on Saturday afternoon.  The Rams jumped out to a 6-1 first quarter lead that ballooned to 10-2 at halftime on the campus of West Texas A&M University.

Colorado State got goals from 13 different players and 14 saves from their goalies as they led wire to wire to move to 1-0 on the season.

CSU’s decisive first-quarter run started early as junior Colin Macdonald (Regis Jesuit HS; Centennial, CO) scored just 1:25 into the game.  From there, it was all Rams as nine different players pumped in goals in the first half.  The Rams were efficient on the offensive end, breaking down the UConn defense and getting decent looks at the cage.  The Huskies managed only two saves on the afternoon under the relentless pressure of the CSU offense, which took 21 shots in the first half to put the game out of reach.

UConn got some momentum early in the second half after four consecutive penalties put the Rams man-down for a good portion of the third quarter.  But CSU’s defense was up to the task, holding the Huskies off the board while the offense settled back in.  The Rams finished the third quarter up 14-2, including a goal with just five seconds left by sophomore Brian Taggart (Mountain Vista HS; Highlands Ranch, CO).

In the fourth, both teams emptied their benches a bit as the game’s outcome was no longer in doubt.  UConn outscored the Rams 3-2 in the final frame to bring the final to 16-5.

It was a team effort for the Rams, who were led by sophomore Ashton Monheiser’s (Mountain Vista HS; Highlands Ranch, CO) two goals and two assists.  Monheiser led all scorers with four points on the afternoon.  Taggart and Macdonald were the only other Rams to notch multiple goals on the day with two apiece.  Sophomore goaltender David Salamie (Lakeridge HS; Lake Oswego, OR) played well in his first career start, making 10 saves in three quarters of work before giving way to freshman Jake Bender (Evergreen HS; Evergreen, CO) who added four saves of his own.

The Huskies were led by midfielder Arthur Sullivan’s two goals and one assist and attackman Jason Campbell’s one goal and one assist.  Huskie defender Pierce Bushby led all players with seven groundballs on the afternoon.

Colorado State (1-0 overall) will conclude their opening road-trip of the year with a 1 p.m. CST face-off against #21 Texas State on Sunday afternoon.  The Bobcats fell to #1 Colorado 16-6 in the opening game of the West Texas Lacrosse Showcase.  UConn will take on the Buffaloes in the early game as they try to move to .500 on the season.  Both games will be webcast at



February 22, 2015

Rams Sweep Weekend with 8-2 Victory over Texas State

Canyon, TEXAS – Snow and wind were the story of the day as the #4 Colorado State Rams battled the elements in addition to the #21 Texas State Bobcats on Sunday afternoon at West Texas A&M University.  The CSU defense was outstanding, holding Texas State to just 12 shots in an 8-2 victory as weather deteriorated quickly throughout the afternoon.

The weather on Saturday was gorgeous, with temps in the low 60s, but Sunday was a different story completely as blowing snow and cold temperatures made for an increasingly sloppy game for both teams.  The Rams used a 5-1 second half run to pull away from an undisciplined Bobcats squad that committed 10 penalties.  Unfortunately for CSU, the Rams’ man-up struggled to capitalize and kept the outmanned Texas State team in the game.

CSU struck first, getting a goal from sophomore Ashton Monheiser (Mountain Vista HS; Highlands Ranch, CO) with 1:35 gone in the first quarter.  From there, both teams struggled to get much going offensively and despite CSU outshooting Texas State 13-0 in the first quarter, the Rams were unable to add to their lead.  Bobcat goaltender A.J. Anderson made several nice saves in the first frame to keep his team in the game.

Texas State got the equalizer early in the second quarter, but the Rams answered back less than a minute later and got one late in the half for a 3-1 lead.  From there, they slowly pulled away for the win, using a three-goal run in the fourth quarter to stretch the lead.  When Texas State finally did score in the fourth quarter, the Rams were there to answer again less than a minute later to squash any momentum the Bobcats might have had on their side.

CSU’s star of the day was sophomore Brian Taggart (Mountain Vista HS; Highlands Ranch, CO), who had a hat trick and two assists to finish with a game-high five points.  Monheiser had three goals as well to help pace the Rams.  Texas State was without the services of star attackman Liam Kelly and without him could not find the skill to answer CSU’s defensive pressure and presence.

The Rams dominated most statistical categories, including winning nine of 12 face-offs, picking up 33 groundballs to the Bobcats’ 17 and forcing 23 turnovers by the Texas State offense.  Sophomore David Salamie (Lakeridge HS; Lake Oswego, OR) went the distance for CSU, making four saves while Anderson finished with 10 for Texas State.

CSU (2-0) will watch the weather closely as they prepare for their first home games of the season next weekend when #8 Boston College and RMLC foe Utah Valley come to town on Saturday and Sunday respectively.  The Rams haven’t played Boston College since the 2011 season, when CSU defeated the Eagles 14-10 in the MCLA quarterfinals.  Snow is in the forecast for the week and weekend, so game times and locations are subject to change.



Colorado State University’s Women’s Ice Hockey Sport Club team member, Molly O’Neil, was one of 22 women selected from across the country to the National University Team. O’Neil is the only women from Colorado named to the official roster, and will travel to Granada, Spain this February, 2015 to compete in the Winter World University Games.


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2015 U.S. Women’s National University Team Announced 
12/10/2014, 12:00pm EST 

Team Set to Compete in 2015 Winter World University Games in Granada, Spain, Feb. 4-14 USA Hockey today announced the 22 players named to the U.S. Women’s National University Team that will compete at the 2015 Winter World University Games, Feb. 4-14, in Granada, Spain.

The team is comprised of players from collegiate ice hockey teams affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

“This is a tremendously experienced group of women we’re taking to Spain,” said Katie Holmgren, general manager of the 2015 Women’s National University Team. “We’ve performed well in the past two tournaments, and we expect that trend to continue with this year’s group.”

2015. U.S. Women’s National University Team Roster

Leading the way offensively are teammates who are also the top two scorers in ACHA Division 1 — Hayley Williams (Crete, Ill./Miami University/20-17-37), who was a member of the 2013 U.S. Women’s National University Team, and first-time team member Rachael Booth (Washington, Mich./Miami University/17-20-37). Adding to the firepower are Amanda Abromson(Braintree, Mass./University of Massachusetts/8-16-24) and Katie Augustine (West Chester, Ohio/Miami University/10-13-23), both members of the 2013 U.S. Women’s National University Team, and newcomer Kaley Mooney (West Chester, Ohio/Miami University/10-13-23). The trio are among the top 12 point getters in ACHA Division I.

Paige Harrington (Mansfield, Mass./University of Massachusetts/8-12-20), Caleigh LaBossiere (Acton, Mass./University of Massachusetts/8-7-15) and Morgan McGarth (Mayfield Village, Ohio/Miami University/2-10-12), all who played in the 2013 Winter World University Games for the United States, highlight the U.S. blue line and rank among the top 12 in points among defensemen in ACHA Division I.

In total, eight players from the bronze medal-winning 2013 U.S. Women’s National University Team are on the 2015 U.S. roster, also including forwards Monica Korzon (Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan) and Cassie Catlow (Saundertown, R.I./University of Rhode Island).

NOTES: All women’s games will be played at both the Granada Sport Palace and the Mulhacen Pavilion … To follow Team USA at the Winter World University Games, visit the event page at and follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter … Nine states are represented on the roster. Michigan leads the pack with eight representatives, while Massachusetts has five. Illinois and Ohio have two a piece, and Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island each have one … Miami University leads all schools with six representatives, while the University of Massachusetts has four and nine other schools have at least one representative … Kristen Wright (Broomfield, Colo.), head coach of the University of Colorado women’s ice hockey team, will serve as head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women’s National University Team after being an assistant coach at the 2013 Winter World University Games. Scott Hicks (Oxford, Ohio), head coach of the Miami University women’s ice hockey team, and Shelley Looney (Buffalo, N.Y.), a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey team (1998, gold; 2002, silver), will serve as assistant coaches … The United States will field a women’s ice hockey team in the Winter World University Games for the third straight time. Team USA won a bronze medal in the 2013 Winter World University Games to become the first men’s or women’s ice hockey team from the U.S. to win a medal in the event.