After a thrilling sudden-death overtime victory against James Madison earlier in the week, the University of Colorado lacrosse team came back stronger than ever as the Buffaloes dominated Central Connecticut State 15-3 on Saturday at Kittredge Field.

"I think we did a better job today," CU head coach Ann Elliott said. "We wanted to focus on being in control on offense, really dictating the pace, and defensively playing together and communicating. I think our girls came out today and we took one step forward."

Last week, the Buffaloes (5-1) were receiving votes in the NCAA Inside Lacrosse Poll. After their strong showing with two wins at home this week, they just might find themselves in the top 20 come Monday.

Saturday's game saw strong defense from Colorado that refused to let up throughout the majority of the first half. In the second half, the Blue Devils started to fight back, but the nine-point halftime deficit and the Buffaloes' pressure proved to be too great to overcome.

"As a team we just really wanted to focus on the little things today and playing 60 minutes. I think we did that really well today," sophomore midfielder Darby Kiernan said.

Junior attack Johnna Fusco did not play because of a calf injury she sustained in Thursday's game, but Elliott is confident she will back for Colorado's next game in two weeks.

The Buffs played strong offensively with nine players sharing the scoring, led by Kiernan, who had four goals and two assists. Junior attack Katie Macleay also added a hat trick.


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"I think it's exciting," Elliott said. "I think our tactic is definitely built on seven people playing seven people, being able to be a threat at any time. And I think they did a really good job today of being in control and working our offense, which created opportunities for everyone."

Although CCSU (0-3) scored first in the opening minutes of the match, the Buffs responded by scoring quickly and often. From there on out, the Buffaloes dominated the possession arrow and terrorized the Blue Devils on defense.

Colorado’s Marie Moore tries to get away from Central Connecticut State’s Kelsey Murphy on Saturday.
Colorado's Marie Moore tries to get away from Central Connecticut State's Kelsey Murphy on Saturday. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

For the rest of the half, they didn't allow the Blue Devils to net another ball. The Buffs led 10-1 at the break, taking 22 shots on goal to CCSU's three.

Throughout the second half, the Buffs and Blue Devils competed more evenly as the Buffaloes netted five goals to CCSU's two.

"It gives us a lot of confidence and it's nice because we have a two-week break now, so we can just focus on ourselves as a team and get better as time goes," Kiernan said.

The Buffaloes return to their home field on March 21 at 3 p.m. to take on Marist.

CU 15, CCSU 3

Halftime score: CU 10, CCSU 1

CU scoring (goals-assists): Kiernan 4-2, Macleay 3-0, Cox 2-1, Castagnola 1-1, Castillo 1-0, Moore 1-0, Lautman 1-0, Perry 1-0, Sarcona 1-0, Brown 0-1, Link 0-1.

CCSU scoring (goals-assists): Mccartney 2-1, Soto 1-0, Hooker 0-1

Goalies (saves-goals against): Soenksen 4-3, Branthover 15-15.

Alissa Noe: noea@dailycamera.com