Fort Lewis took on the host UNM Lobos in Albuquerque for a high noon showdown and came away with their second victory of the season with a dominating 20-6 victory. A shorthanded UNM team with only 12 players couldn’t handle the depth of the Skyhawks who had points from 11 different players. A sloppy first quarter ended with a 7-3 lead before the Fort defense clamped down to make it 12-3 at the half. Patient offensive and defensive effort helped the Skyhawks cruise to a 16-4 3rd quarter lead on the way to the win. With a 2-0 start, the Fort now must prepare for another road test next weekend in Utah against conference powerhouses Utah State, ranked #22 nationally, and defending RMLC champs Montana State, ranked #15.
Sometimes a player just takes over a game, and that was the case today as So. midfielder James Rott won 11 of 12 faceoffs to go with 3 goals and 3 assists. He called his shot and got the game started with a faceoff win and an assist to So. attack Ian Bragdon just 5 seconds into the game. Clearly he wasn’t alone, as So. attack Conor Henricks led all scorers with 4G, 4A, and Bragdon had 3G, 3A as well. Among those adding points for the Skyhawks, Fr. middies Jacob Branch-Boyle and JP Gallagher had their first career goals. The Fort defenders got in on the action, as Jr. Chris Carmona scored 2 goals and Fr. Mitchell Peterson added one of his own. Sophomore goalie Hayden Pike made 13 saves and allowed only 4 goals before sitting the 4th quarter; he has a 72% save rate so far this season.