The University of Colorado lacrosse team was down just two at halfime but a strong second half by the USC helped the Trojans push past the Buffs, 11-5, on Saturday afternoon.
The No. 22 Trojans improved to 7-1 with the win, and are now 2-0 in Pac-12 Conference games. The Buffs, which are 23rd nationally, drop to 3-4 overall and have a 2-1 record in league play.
"I didn't think we did a very good job of coming out and playing aggressive, making every play count. I thought we played a little scared. I thought we didn't play very confident. I don't think we played very hard," head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. "USC is a very good team, they're very well coached. I thought they came out and were in control. They made their possessions count. Defensively, after the first few possessions we did a good job getting stops and playing defense. We had trouble clearing the ball, which is unacceptable. We have to do a better job there. Offensively, I don't think we did a very good job executing and I don't think the players we needed to make plays made plays. I don't think we were aggressive enough.
The Trojans scored the first four goals of the game before Miranda Stinson was able to get the Buffs on the board with 17:02 left in the first half. Charlie Rudy was able to find the back of the net with 10:19 left in the first, which cut USC's lead to two (4-2).
USC scored again with just under 10 minutes to play in the first, but then the Buffs scored another pair of goals (Stinson and Samantha Nemirov) to bring the Buffs within one (5-4). Nemirov's goal came with just 18 second left in the half, but was not the final goal as the Trojans scored one final time with nine seconds left to take a lead of 6-4 into halftime.
The Trojans scored the first three goals in second half and stifled CU's offense. The Buffs only added one goal in the half, which would be Stinson's third of the game, at 13:51. USC would score two more times before the clock expired.
Colorado will host Arizona State on Sunday. The game will start at 1 p.m. at Kittredge Field.
USC 11, Colorado 5USC (7-1, 2-0 Pac-12) 6 5 — 11
Colorado (3-4, 1-2 Pac-12 ) 4 1 — 5
Goals —USC: Donovan 3; Anhut 2; Hill 2; Concialdi 1; McMahon 1; Huff, Ka. 1; Huff, Ke. 1.; CU: Stinson 3; Nemirov 1; Rudy 1.
Assists — USC: Concialdi 3; Donovan 1; McMahon 1; Miller 1; CU: Nemirov,.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — USC: Hertford (60-5-10); CU: Lisella (60-11-7) .