What: Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown
When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
Where: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Tickets: $10 adults, $7 youths
More info: lacrosseshowdown.com
With only one month left in the season, the University of Colorado men's lacrosse team is looking to turn around a mediocre year under the guidance of yet another new head coach.
Mike Ryder, hired Monday to replace Pete Stevenson, hopes that turnaround will begin this Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, when the Buffs face Colorado State in the seventh annual Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown.
Club sports administrators fired Stevenson this week, saying they wanted "to go in a more positive direction."
Ryder is hopeful that with support from the players and university, the team can take a step forward.
"Normally, coaches have a full pre-season to implement our own ideals and style of coaching," he said. "However, taking over a program mid-season, changing the style of practice and the team's mentality is a difficult task. By having the support of the team, the parents, alumni and the CU Club Sports Office, we can take the next step for the CU lacrosse program, with confidence."
CU (2-4) lost its last three games, all played last week, and is hoping to rebound against the Rams, one of its chief rivals. The Buffs will have history on their side, as they crushed the Rams last year, 11-4.
"The Rams have proven to be an elite team in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association in 2010, so not only do we have to be ready ourselves, but we have to be ready for what they bring our way," he said.
"Dick's Sporting Goods Park is the biggest stage in the MCLA, and this Saturday night it will be host to one of the league's most heated rivalries. The 2010 Rocky Mountain Showdown will showcase two of Colorado's best lacrosse programs fighting for what they both desire most. Pride."