BOULDER, Colo. -
Kevin Moriarty and A.J. Blackburn -- both members of the University of Colorado men's club lacrosse team -- can't remember the last time the Buffs defeated Colorado State.
"Since I've been here we have not beaten CSU," said Moriarty, a CU senior and the team's goalkeeper.
The losses go far beyond that.
Head coach John Galvin said that as far as he knows, the team has not defeated CSU since the inception of the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association in 1997.
"It's been a while," Galvin said. "The biggest thing we need is poise. Playing in a big venue and playing a team like CSU -- who is a big rival -- brings a lot of emotions.
"If the players can bring poise, we'll be very successful Saturday."
Galvin's men will get their next chance at knocking off CSU at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, when the two teams take to Folsom Field following the Buffs' spring football game.
The game was rescheduled from last Saturday, due to inclement weather. Tickets are $5 and are available at the CU Recreation Center cashier, or at the gate on game day.
Moriarty said when playing the Rams in the past, the Buffs tended to get overexcited about the rivalry.
"CSU hasn't changed their gameplan," Moriarty said. "It's just us coming out and getting too hyped up and getting down early. Then we're constantly playing catch-up."
A win would be important for both teams, as it will determine playoff seeds for both CU and CSU in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference, Moriarty said.
"If we win, we'll get the No. 1 seed in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference, but if we lose, we'll get third seed, most likely," Moriarty said. "But if this year we can come out composed, we should be fine."
The No. 11 Buffs are 9-5 (3-0 conference) and the No. 8 Rams are 9-6 (1-1 conference), as ranked by collegelax.us. The Buffs have improved from last year's rebuilding season, with a spring finish of 3-6.
"I think the team just needs to bring the intensity that we've had all season," said Blackburn, a CU sophomore. "We have a good enough team that we can beat anyone if we play our best."
Galvin said the team must remain focused and forget the past string of losses to CSU.
"Just live today. Don't worry about what's happened in the past," Galvin said. "The more you start reading about it, the more you start hearing about it and thinking about it, the more you just think, 'Well, this is not our year.'"
Moriarty said fans should hang around after the spring football game and watch some fast-paced competition.
"We would love to have fan support," Moriarty said. "It means a lot to us as players to look up in the stands and see everyone cheering. Plus it's a good excuse to heckle the CSU guys."
Galvin said the team is welcoming this great opportunity to play at Folsom Field, which is a privilege.
"Folsom is going to make it just a great venue for us to play," Galvin said. "Rivalries are a lot of fun -- both sides screaming and yelling. It's two of the biggest schools in Colorado battling against each other.
"Come out and watch a fun game."
First, though, the Buffs face the Buffs face University of Nebraska at 7 tonight on Kittredge Field.
The 2009 Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference Championship playoffs will be held Thursday through May 2 at CU's Kittredge and Franklin fields.