In past years the Rams have been lucky enough to hold their Rocky Mountain Showdown against University of Colorado Boulder at the Pepsi Center. This night has always been enjoyable and memorable. Since the women’s game is usually followed by the men’s game, the rivalry carries on all night. However, this year the scheduling did not work in the women’s favor, unfortunately CU will not be in town on the evening planned for the Showdown, so the women will play University of Denver. Playing DU does not hold the same rivalry, but it will be the first time these teams face each other this year, so the game should still be exciting. This flyer describes that with the purchase of a ticket to the Rocky Mountain Showdown you are able to see any of the collegiate games and you receive a ticket to an Avalanche game of your choice. Make sure when you are buying your ticket that you select the CSU women’s team so the $5 donation will come back to us.
With games back to back weekends the Rams are showing their true abilities. Starting the season off against Arizona State University, on October 8th and 9th, lead to a great deal of scoring opportunities. With final scores of 5-0 and 7-2 the Rams were able to pull out two victories against the Sun Devils. These games were a result of hard work, teamwork and perseverance. Game highlights included a shutout from Mackenzie Roberts and a hat-trick from Michelle Harcrow. Other goal contributions were from freshman Emily Kruger, Ashley Chase and Kristen Perry, as well as upperclassmen Alicia Ziff, Amanda Gacioch and Sierra Dell. In Autumn Gault’s collegiate career debut she walked away with a 93.1 save percentage, helping the team get the win.
This past weekend, the Rams traveled to Boulder to face University of Colorado. A hard fought battle Friday October 14th resulted in a tough loss to the Buffalos. With many forces against the Rams, including 12 penalties, two coming from goalie Mackenzie Roberts, the women still battled until the end, but were ultimately outshot 54-16. Their lone goal from Sarina Perret was not enough, and the Rams fell 5-1. With this loss, the Rams came back to Fort Collins ready for another chance to defeat Colorado. The game on Saturday October 15th was equally as physical, but with less penalties. Although still being outshot 45-28, the Rams were able to secure the 5-4 victory. Adding to the score, were goals from Emily Kruger, Kristen Perry, Alicia Ziff and two from Ashley Chase. This specific win was not easy, it shows that the Rams truly bleed green and gold, they never gave up and worked incredibly together.
The team knows the season is just beginning, with bigger and harder games still to come. The third ACHA rankings come out Tuesday October 18th, hopefully the women have showed they are a team that is going to compete and therefore will move up in rankings. From preseason through the second rankings Colorado State has remained 15th in the nation. The Rams have a scrimmage October 23rd against the Colorado Springs Junior Tigers, but their next league game will be held at EPIC on October 30th against Midland. Keep an eye on the Facebook and Twitter for updates.
We are pleased to announce our 2016-2017 coaching staff has expanded from previous years. In addition to Head Coach Loch Miller we now have three Assistant Coaches. As well, with the season coming to a start this weekend with our home opener against ASU, we're pleased to announce our roster. Congrats to these young women! Their journey is just beginning and we're excited for the many young recruits who have joined the team. Click here to view the roster and learn more about each player.