SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- For the second day in a row, No. 17-ranked California Baptist University men’s found itself locked in a defensive struggle, but once again it didn’t end in the Lancers’ favor.
Both CBU and Brown University combined for just nine goals, with Brown taking the edge in a 5-4 win Friday night in the Santa Clara University Rodeo Tournament. The Lancers fall to 13-11 in the loss while Brown improves to 14-10.
“We played an incredible defensive game, with a really good zone-drop defense," said head coach Rick Rowland. "It was probably one of our best defensive games of the season, but you have to be able to score, too. We were 1-for-10 on six-on-fives, they were 0-for-4. They went to the ejection box a lot, but we struggled to capitalize and that was the difference in the game.”
The Lancers evened things up at four goals apiece by halftime, however, after CBU scored twice in the final 43 seconds of the first half. David Ring found the cage first with 43 seconds to play to make it a one-goal game at 4-3. Keith Jizmejian added another five seconds before halftime to knot the score.
CBU failed to score again, though, allowing Brown to squeak out one more goal with 2:05 to play in the third that proved to be the game-winner.
“I thought we outplayed them and we put ourselves in position to win, but you have to be able to score at least 30 or 40 percent on six-on-fives and we did not,” said Rowland.
Looking to end the Santa Clara Rodeo on a positive note, the Lancers face No. 11 UC Davis and No. 19 Harvard at 9:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m., respectively, on Saturday. CBU returns home for the first time in five games for a bout with Redlands on Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m.