Mountain Lions earn regional ranking

By Doug Fitzgerald published September 18, 2003

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs soccer team rose to the No. 6 spot in the Midwest Region rankings due in large part to its victory over Regis, which was ranked 15th nationally, on Friday, Sept. 12. If the Mountain Lions want to keep, or even improve upon, their ranking, theyâ€TMll have to duplicate that feat.

CU-Colorado Springs (3-3, 3-1 RMAC) faces Fort Lewis (4-1, 3-1) in Durango on Sunday. The Skyhawks replaced Regis in the 15th spot in the national rankings that were released Tuesday.

Beating the Skyhawks wonâ€TMt be easy. The last time CU-Colorado Springs beat Fort Lewis was on Oct. 27, 2001. The Mountain Lions are an abysmal 4-16-4 all-time against Fort Lewis, including a 2-12-1 mark since 1997.

CU-Colorado Springs comes into Sundayâ€TMs match with a three-game winning streak, all against conference opponents, during which the Mountain Lions have outscored their opponents 8-2. The team has adapted well to coach Flavio Mazzettiâ€TMs zone defense, which has limited opponentsâ€TM scoring opportunities. When the defense has broken down, freshman goalkeeper Matt Mitchell has been able to clean up the mess, using his athleticism to make several spectacular saves.

Jared Blackney leads the Mountain Lions in scoring with eight points (three goals, two assists). Freshman Art Cutter has been a pleasant surprise with seven (3,1), while senior Ryan Slaughter has shown signs of knocking off the rust caused by his year-long layoff by getting all five of his points (2,1) in the past three matches.

MIDWEST REGION RANKINGS
Rank School W-L-T
1 University of the Incarnate Word (Texas) 4-0-1
2 Fort Lewis College (Colo.) 4-1-0
3 Colorado School of Mines 5-2-0
4 Northeastern State University (Okla.) 4-1-0
5 St. Edward's University (Texas) 3-2-1
6 University of Colorado, Colorado Springs 3-3-0
7 Regis University (Colo.) 3-2-1
8 Metro State (Colo.) 3-3-0
9 Midwestern State University (Texas) 2-2-0
10 West Texas A&M University 2-1-2

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Jared BlackneyJared Blackney11FJr.
Jared BlackneyJared Blackney11FSr.
Art CutterArt Cutter18DFr
Art CutterArt Cutter8DSo.
Art CutterArt Cutter8DSr.
Ryan SlaughterRyan Slaughter7FSr.
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