The 14th-ranked University of Colorado lacrosse team was unable to slow down No. 6 Stony Brook on Friday in a 15-5 loss at the Indoor Practice Facility.
The game was scoreless for nearly five minutes until Stony Brook took command with flurry of goals. The Sea Wolves scored the first seven goals of the game before Miranda Stinson put the Buffs on the board at the 1:52 mark.
Stony Brook answered back to bring the halftime score to 8-1.
"Obviously, not the outcome we wanted. They came out strong. We didn't," Colorado's Sophie Castillo said. "Second half I think we kind of picked it up, but we just need to learn how to play a full 60 minutes. I think that's something that when we get back to practice, we will hopefully get better at."
Freshman attacker Charlie Rudy picked up the game's first two yellows and was disqualified just 11 minutes into the game. The next yellow card was issued against sophomore Sadie Grozier at the 11:41 mark of the first half, bringing the foul disparity to 12-3 in favor of Stony Brook.
Stony Brook opened the scoring in the second half, but Samantha Nemirov answered back to bring CU within 9-2. That would be the closest the Buffs would ever come, however, as the Seawolves responded by scoring a pair of goals 12 seconds apart from one another.
"Stony Brook is a great defensive team. For the many years that Joe [Spallina] has been there, they are aggressive, strong, physical, they play well one-on-one and they take up a lot of space in there," head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. "We just weren't doing a great job of seeing the openings and being aggressive ourselves and really moving at pace."
Colorado will host No. 25 Michigan on Sunday at noon on Kittredge Field.
"We have to look at the film and get better from this game, and we have to look at Michigan and get our players prepared for that," Whidden said. "We are going to play another physical and strong team. A team with a lot of confidence and a lot of athleticism so it's not going to be any easier for us on Sunday. Our players have to be accountable and own this 15-5 at the end of the day. We have got to comeback Sunday with a little bit more chip on our shoulder and prove something."
Stony Brook 15, Colorado 5Stony Brook (1-0) 8 7 — 15
Colorado (1-2) 1 4 — 5
Goals — SB:Rafferty (3); Ohlmiller (3); Kennedy (3); Sabella (2); McCarthy (2); Tabasso (1); Moeller (1); CU: Stinson (2); Castillo (1); Grozier (1); Nemirov (1).
Assists — SB: Ohmiller (5), Rafferty (2), Tabasso (1); CU: Stinson (2), Nemirov (1).
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — SB: Tesoriero (60-5-14); CU: Lisella (60-15-13).