Just one week after dropping its season opener, the University of Colorado lacrosse team bounced back with a convincing win over the No. 14 Virginia Tech Hokies, 17-6, on Saturday afternoon in Blacksburg, Va.
The Buffs (1-1), which are currently ranked 17th in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Poll and are 20th in the Inside Lacrosse and US Lacrosse polls, were firing on all cylinders on both ends of the field. While the offense caught fire, the defense also stepped up and had several huge stops, limiting VTU's opportunities.
"We knew this was going to be a tough game for us and we needed to improve on our effort from last weekend," head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. "I thought we played with more purpose and aggressiveness today. I was pleased with that and we need to continue that to be successful this coming weekend at home."
Senior Samantha Nemirov led the Buffs in scoring with five goals, but another pair of Buffs, senior Miranda Stinson and freshman Charlie Rudy, had four goals apiece. In total, seven Buffs found the back of the net.
In comparison, only three Hokies scored goals. Paige Petty recorded four, while Reilly Reed and Emma Crooks each recorded one.
Stinson, a Virginia native, was able to play in front on a large group of family and friends and had a great showing for them. She was a perfect 2-2 on free-position attempts and added an assist. Stinson also led CU with three caused turnovers and picked up three ground balls.
"Overall, I am pleased with our effort and fight today; we can build off of that," Whidden said. "We still have a lot to prove and we know we need to get better this week in practice. As we get ready for next weekend, there are lots of things we need to tighten up and we need to continue to get better as a team. We need to take care of the ball better and make sure we are finishing every play."
Colorado returns home to Boulder for a pair of nonconference contests next weekend. The Buffs host their third straight top-15 opponent, No. 5 Stony Brook, on Friday, at 3 p.m. On Sunday, CU will face Michigan at noon. Both games will be played at Kittredge Field.
Colorado 17, Virginia Tech 6Colorado (1-1) 9 8 — 17
Virginia Tech (1-2) 3 3 — 6
Goals — CU: Nemirov (5), Stinson (4), Rudy (3), Castillo (2), Grozier (1), Collawn (1), Mistretta (1); VT: Petty (4), Reed (1), Crooks (1).
Assists — CU: Grozier, Nemirov, Stinson, Sisk; VT: Bolte, Caskey.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — CU: Lisella (60-6-5); VT: Berman (60-17-9).