The University of Colorado lacrosse team routed the Oregon Ducks 15-6 on Saturday, moving to 5-4 on the season and 4-1 in Pac-12 play.
Seniors Miranda Stinson, Samantha Nemirov and Sophie Castillo led the way for the No. 25 Buffs offensively, combining for 11 goals and four assists, while the defense limited Oregon to just seven shots on goal.
"Our game plan on defense wasn't any different except we wanted to be aggressive," head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. "I think we need to do a better job playing with our feet and playing body defense but at the same time I thought they did a good job being aggressive, crashing in the middle and trying to come up with some ground balls."
The Colorado defense turned in one of its best performances of the season, limiting Oregon to just 12 shot attempts and generating 24 turnovers, both season-bests. Two Colorado defenders recorded new career-highs in caused turnovers, Olivia Aschman (4) and Eliza Cahill (3), while Macaul Mellor (3) and Elinor Wolf (2) tied career-highs.
Stinson opened the scoring a minute into the game and Nemirov put the Buffs on top 2-0 at the 26:51 mark of the first half. Oregon drew the score to 2-1 with 25:24 remaining in the half, but Stinson answered back 11 seconds later to put CU on top 3-1.
After a high-scoring first five minutes of action, both defenses settled in as the two teams combined for five turnovers and no goals over the next eight minutes. Then at the 17:10 mark, freshman Chloe Willard scored her first collegiate goal to extend the Buffs' lead to 4-1.
Oregon scored the next two goals, cutting the CU advantage to 4-3 with 9:47 remaining in the half. Then the Buffs caught fire, scoring the next five goals to take a 9-3 halftime lead. Stinson sparked the run, scoring three and assisting on one other of the five CU goals over the last 7:23 of the first half.
"I thought we did a good job in the end of the first half, battling back and making some plays," Whidden said. "My message to the team overall is that you got to be ready for your chances, and if you get one opportunity you've got to be ready and confident and make it count and I thought at times we did that, and at other time we didn't and we played a little too undisciplined, and we have got to be a more disciplined team."
After surrendering the first goal of the second half, Nemirov, Willard and Castillo answered back with three quick goals to stretch the CU lead to 12-4. The Buffs never looked back. Sadie Grozier tallied a pair of goals and Nemirov added her fourth of the day, to bring the final margin of victory to 15-6.
Colorado will host No. 15 Denver on Tuesday at 4 p.m. on Kittredge Field.
Colorado 15, Oregon 6Oregon (2-8, 0-5 Pac-12) 3 3 — 6
Colorado (5-4 , 4-1 Pac-12) 9 6 — 15
Goals — OREGON: White (2); Williams (2); Taylor (1); Domshick (1); CU: Stinson (5); Nemirov (4); Castillo (2); Grozier (2); Willard (2).
Assists — OREGON: Willams; CU: Nemirov (2); Castillo, Stinson, Phillips.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — OREGON: Hall (60-15-14); CU: Lisella (60-6-1).