LAFYETTE, Colo. – After dropping its first game of the 2017 season to Central Washington, Lindenwood earned the results it was looking for during a brief two-match trip to Colorado. First, the Lions pounded Colorado 84-0 Thursday, Feb. 9 before taking down Air Force, 53-7.
Five Lindenwood players crossed the line in the opening half against the Buffaloes – including winger Cristian Rodriguez who scored twice.
The floodgates burst open in the second period as five new Lions dotted down and Rodriquez completed a hat trick. Not to be outdone, Alex Augspurg bagged himself a hat trick from the other wing position.
Regardless of the 84-point onslaught, the team was most pleased with its defensive effort.
“After letting in some tries last weekend, it felt great to keep a clean sheet,” said center Joseph Livesey. “Colorado was on our line a few times, but we kept organized and kept them out. On attack, we just reaped the rewards of playing our shape.”
Two days after the win in Boulder, Colo., the Lions headed to the United State Air Force Academy where a try and seven points off the boot of Nick Feakes helped lead Lindenwood to a 17-0 halftime lead over the Zoomies.
Rodriguez opened the second period with his fourth try of the week and veteran back Michael Baska added a score before Air Force was able to get itself on the board with a converted try in the 60th minute.
“Air Force was fit and tough,” complimented hooker Gabe Romero. “They continued to keep pace through the match.”
Still, seventh-ranked Lindenwood poured in four more tries in the closing 15 minutes for the 53-7 win.
“It’s nice to bounce back and play some attacking rugby after being starved of possession against Central Washington,” Feakes added. “This weekend helped us get over that loss.”
The Lions next fixture is sure to provide a much stiffer test. Lindenwood is off this coming weekend before beginning its Mid-South season at Life University to play the second-ranked Running Eagles Saturday, Feb. 25.