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Efficient Offense, Solid Goaltending Lead Colorado to Dominant Win in RMLC Playoffs

The University of Colorado Buffaloes took on the Utah Valley University Wolverines Friday night at the University of Utah in the first round of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) playoffs. Colorado came out fast and never looked back. They were lead by an extremely efficient offense and a goalie that was a brick wall, leading his team to victory. Colorado took down UVU with a final score of 17-9.
This game could have been defined by a number of things. One could be the blinding sun in the eyes of UVU goaltender Shawn Rowley during the first quarter, lack of energy in the first half by UVU, or the brick wall in the cage for Colorado, but one defining aspect stood out — Offense. Colorado’s offense was fluid, sharp, and fast, whereas UVU’s offense was slower and did not seem to flow the way it has in the past. UVU had some good looks and at times seemed to have some offensive rhythm but never really looked as comfortable as Colorado.
Colorado moved the ball extremely well and every time they got the ball settled in the offensive zone they seemed to score. They were fluid and sharp. They didn’t miss a lot of balls and didn’t have many bad passes. They were able to get the defense to slide to get a lot of open shots where their shooters were able to take quality shots. We do need to give some credit to UVU goalie Shawn Rowley who was peppered by Colorado, saving 40 shots once all was said and done.
Not to be out done Colorado goalie Jensen Makarov did everything he needed to do tonight to get the W for his team. He just kept making save after save, keeping his team out of trouble once they were ahead. UVU has some good shooters who were able to put some past him tonight, but there could have had a very different outcome had there been a lesser goalie in the cage.
Colorado finished off a dominant first half with a buzzer-beating low-to-low shot with less than one second left in the half. To start of the second half UVU came out firing putting in a quick goal to shift the momentum. UVU tried to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter but it proved too late get back as Colorado would respond to every comeback attempt with a goal or a solid defensive set getting the ball to the offense.
Overall, Colorado dominated on both ends of the field leading to a big win to send them to the RMLC championship game to take on BYU tomorrow Saturday April 30 at 3:00 pm Mountain Standard Time at the University of Utah Soccer Field.

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