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The Buffaloes trailed 3-2 heading into halftime, marking the lowest combined first half score for a CU game this season. CU had a bigger presence in the second half, scoring four of its six goals. With 1:17 remaining in regulation, Johnna Fusco got the Buffs back within a single goal, but Cal would dominate possession until the final horn to hand CU just its second home loss.
Still fighting for a bid to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament, Colorado falls to 9-7 overall, 5-3 MPSF. The Buffs had a great home field advantage in their inaugural season, falling just twice at Kittredge Field for a home record of 6-2. Against Cal, 402 fans cheered on the Buffs in their home finale.
Fusco led the Buffs, recording her fourth hat trick of the season. Fusco has now scored three or more goals in seven games. Cali Castagnola had two goals, while Amelia Brown contributed one. For just the second time this season, the Buffs had zero assists. The last time the Buffs had no assists, they suffered their one and only other home loss, an 11-8 defeat to Brown.
For the third time in as many games, the Buffaloes battled back from a first half deficit to claim the win. The Lady Monarchs went on a 4-0 run in less than three minutes time to grab a three-goal lead with 11:09 remaining in the first half. Down 7-5 at the break, the Buffs outscored the Lady Monarchs seven to three in the final 30 minutes of regulation. For the ninth straight game, the Buffs have held their opponent to five or fewer second half goals.
ODU outshot CU 24 to 20 and scooped up five more ground balls (15 to 10), but Colorado dominated the draw 17 to seven. Though CU had eight more turnovers (21 to 13), ODU had 12 more fouls, grabbing 32, including 18 in the second half, to CU’s 20.
Colorado (9-6 overall, 5-2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) did a great job of spreading the offense, with six Buffs netting goals. Amelia Brown was the top point-getter, recording a hat trick and contributing an assist. Sarah Lautman, Marie Moore, Cali Castagnola and Johnna Fusco each had two goals, while Katie Macleay had a goal and two assists.
The University of Colorado lacrosse team, following back-to-back overtime thrillers, concludes its inaugural home season at Kittredge Field this weekend. CU (8-6, 5-2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) hosts Old Dominion at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 18. Be one of the first 200 fans in attendance and receive free CU lacrosse socks! Be a part of the EPIC Book Drive and bring a new or used book for kids ages eight and under to the game. Watch the Buffs take on conference opponent California on Sunday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m.
SCOUTING THE OLD DOMINION LADY MONARCHS: ODU holds a 3-9 record, grabbing wins over Stetson, Liberty and Saint Joseph’s. The Lady Monarchs are winless in their last four games, though all but their 19-8 loss to then-No. 16 Virginia have been by two or fewer goals. ODU averages 11.34 goals per game, while allowing an average of 13.59. The Lady Monarchs rank 20th in the nation in caused turnovers, with an average of 9.5 per game. Ashmore Standing and Kallie McCormick each individually rank in the top 38 in caused turnovers. Eleven Lady Monarchs have score goals, with six netting 10 or more. Emily Austerberry leads the team with 28 goals, 10 assists and 27 draw controls. Jessica Liberty (21 goals and 11 assists) and Connor Carson (10 goals and 11 assists) each also have double-doubles on the season.
After an extra minutes buzzer beater on Friday to push the Buffaloes over the USC Women of Troy, Lautman once again gave CU its late push, scoring the sudden victory goal here Sunday to give CU a 7-6 win over San Diego State.
With a reading of 34 degrees on the thermometer at opening draw, snowy and overcast conditions seemed to slow both teams’ rhythms. SDSU went into the break up 4-2, but the Buffs, who managed just 11 shots in regulation, outscored the Aztecs four to two in the second half to send the game into extra minutes.
The Aztecs took six shots in overtime play, while limiting the Buffs to two, but CU once again showed its late game strength. Over four minutes ticked away as the teams both pushed for a sudden victory in the final minutes of overtime, and Lautman hammered one home to claim the win.
“In all honesty, we have struggled a lot in the other games we played when it was cold and snowy,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said. “I thought we came out hard in the beginning and we were playing well, the best we’ve played in the cold weather. As the snow picked up you knew it was going to be an ugly game on both sides and you had to just keep fighting and you needed someone to pick up and make a play. Sarah did that for us.”
After recording her second hat trick in Friday’s 12-11 OT win against USC, Lautman had another performance for the books against SDSU. She netted a career-high four goals and took six of CU’s 13 shots.
Source: CU Buffs
STANFORD, Calif. – The No. 8 Stanford Cardinal proved too strong a foe, taking down the Buffaloes 13-5 here Sunday, even though The University of Colorado lacrosse team battled back to within three goals late in the first half.
The reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament champions came out to a 5-0 start, but back-to-back goals by the Buffs helped trim their lead to three. Stanford quickly got back to form, closing the first half on a 4-0 run.
Though the Cardinal dominated the draw in the second half, eight to one (15 to five total), the Buffs found their stride in other ways late in the game. Stanford continued to push its lead, but for the sixth consecutive game, the Buffs held their opponent to five or fewer goals in the final 30 minutes.
DELAND, Fla. – In its first game of its inaugural season, the University of Colorado lacrosse team started setting records early, grabbing a 12-4 win over Stetson here Thursday.
“Going into the game we were really excited,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said. “We had a really good walkthrough this morning. I knew the girls were going to come out with a lot of energy and excitement with it being our first game. We were really happy with the way they came out, not just the excitement and energy, but really the focus they had and the determination to really play together and stick to our game plan.”
That determination was evident from the beginning of the game to the closing minutes. Colorado edged Stetson in nearly every category. The Buffaloes outshot the Hatters 25 to 15, scooped up three more ground balls (15 to 12) and grabbed two more draw controls (10 to eight). The Buffs defense also stepped up, preventing the Hatters from scoring on any of their three free position shot attempts. (CU was four of seven from the 8 meter.)
In the program debut, Cali Castagnola led the Buffs with four goals off five shots. Johnna Fusco was the top point-getter, with six points off three goals and three assists. Maddie Hunt was strong on the defensive end of the field, causing three turnovers and grabbing two groundballs. In just under 53 minutes, goalie Paige Soenksen grabbed four saves and allowed just three goals.
With one game under their belt, the Buffs are 1-0, while Stetson falls to 0-3 on the season with previous losses to No. 3 Syracuse and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation competitor Oregon.
The Buffs attacked early and often, with Castagnola earning CU’s first ever hat trick by the first period’s midpoint to give the squad a solid 3-0 lead.
“Cali stepped up for sure early in the game,” Elliott said. “I think they were all a result of our offense playing together, working hard together to give each other opportunities, and Cali was able to take advantage early on. I think it really set the tone for the team. It was exciting for us.”
Grabbing an assist on the Buffs’ third goal, Katie Macleay was at it again, scoring exactly five minutes later to push CU’s lead to 4-0. Johnna Fusco continued to push the lead in the final eight minutes before the break, first scoring off a free position shot. Just 15 seconds before halftime, Fusco scored again to give the Buffs a 6-0 lead by halftime.
Macleay’s pace wasn’t slowed by the intermission, getting her third point of the game less than two minutes into the second half.
Colorado had built a dominating 7-0 lead, but Stetson aimed to climb back. During a nearly 20 minute span, CU and Stetson traded off on four goals. The Hatter duo of Mary Kate Sullivan and Samantha Akl proved to be a strong force. Akl first assisted O’Sullivan six minutes into the half. Castagnola, assisted by Fusco, responded, but Stetson was ready for another. Akl assisted Lindsay Summers this time, cutting the Buffs’ lead to six once more.
Amanda Salvadore and Marie Moore both scored their first goals as Buffs with under 10 minutes remaining. O’Sullivan and Akl combined once more, and Stetson’s Julia Lozano scored the Hatter’s final goal, but it wouldn’t be enough to diminish the Buffs’ lead and slow their tempo. Elliott said she was impressed with the way her team handled the Hatter attack and how they took back control on the offensive end.
In the final four minutes, Macleay and Fusco became the second and third Buffs to join the young hat trick club, putting the game away at 12-4.
The Buffs’ first road trip continues against another Florida team, Jacksonville. CU faces the Dolphins, who have received votes in both the IWLCA preseason and first week polls, on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. MT.
“Jacksonville – they’re a great team,” Elliott said. “They play hard all over the field: offensively, defensively and in transition. It’s going to be a great challenge for us, and we’re really excited for the opportunity to play them and see what we can do.”
MARLEE HORN | Assistant Sports Information Director