Pridham’s three goals help Mesa shake jitters in win

Colorado Mesa goalkeeper Brad Brandenburg makes a save Saturday during the Mavericks’ season-opening victory over rival Adams State at Walker Field.



Colorado Mesa’s Jeremy Best checks Adams State’s Parker Smith on Saturday during the Mavericks’ 10-3 victory at Walker Field.



Colorado Mesa overcame some early jitters and raw emotion to defeat rival Adams State 10-3 in a Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association game on Saturday afternoon at Walker Field.

“All week we wanted to come out with a win, play our best and come out with a W,” sophomore midfielder Kade Robinson said. “It’s all the hard work in practice that actually paid off. We all put our heads down and went for it.”

Six players scored for the Mavericks, led by Austin Pridham with three goals. Robinson and Trace Wollner scored two each.

It took a little while for the Mavericks (1-0, 1-0 WILA) to settle down.

“We knew there it would be an emotional game,” CMU coach A.J. Stevens said. “We were listening to really slow music in the beginning, a lot of reggae to keep everybody mellow. No AC/DC, we didn’t want any penalties or anything.”

Mesa’s Stuart Foster received a three-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in the first quarter and was ejected. It was one of 14 penalties issued in the game.

Adams State (0-1, 0-1 WILA) failed to take advantage of the one-man advantage.

“Those penalties put you a man down,” Stevens said. “We had a big one early on that we killed. Both of our goalies played excellent today. They took a ton of shots and played well.”

Goalies Brad Brandenburg and Zach Weaver each had four saves.

Colorado Mesa broke open a one-goal game with seven goals in the second half.

“We’re still a really young team and I think they had a lot of first-game jitters,” Stevens said. “We really started to gel. I’d say when we came out after halftime, you could really see a difference. In the fourth quarter, a lot of freshmen started feeling comfortable out there.”

Robinson scored back-to-back goals in the first three minutes of the third quarter to give the Mesa a 5-2 lead. The Mavs led 5-3 after three quarters.

“The first one I just caught it and saw an open corner in the top right and tried to stick it there and I did,” Robinson said. “The second one was a bit of an unsettled situation and we capitalized on. (Midfielder) Aaron Eggiman drew the man from me. I saw the goalie go low so I decided to go high.”

Mesa outscored the Grizzlies 5-0 in the fourth quarter.

“I think that fourth quarter is will show you how we’re going to play this year,” Stevens said. “We played a ton of guys and we had a ton score goals for us.”

Women

Lake Erie (Ohio) University scored four goals early in the second half to defeat Colorado Mesa 12-6 in St. Charles, Mo.

The Storm (1-0) scored the first four goals of the second half to lead 10-4.

Rachel Sutton and Amanda Simon each scored two goals for the Mavericks (0-3). Mesa goalie Lauren Wells had six saves.

Meredith Howe and Annie Mendoza each scored four goals for Lake Erie. Julia Kudla had two.


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