Colorado’s Johnna Fusco moves the ball toward the goal past Marist’s Logan Boyle on Monday at Kittredge Field. Fusco scored four goals in
Colorado's Johnna Fusco moves the ball toward the goal past Marist's Logan Boyle on Monday at Kittredge Field. Fusco scored four goals in CU's 19-4 victory. Go to BuffZone.com for more photos. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

After a two-week break, the Colorado lacrosse team came back stronger than ever with a dominating 19-4 win over Marist at Kittredge Field on Monday. It was the Buffaloes' largest margin of victory this season.

The 19 goals also tied for the second most in a game in program history; the record is 21 against Saint Mary's last season.

"I think our kids were prepared for today," CU head coach Ann Elliott said. "We haven't played in a couple weeks, so it was just them kicking in. I thought after that, they did that defensively and offensively and I'm proud of our effort today."

A little over four minutes into the game, junior attacker Johnna Fusco made CU lacrosse history as she recorded the fastest consecutive goals by one player with two goals nine seconds apart. Junior attacker Cali Castagnola held the previous record of 11 seconds, which she set in the team's season opener at Denver.

Fusco's success came on the heels of her sitting out the team's last matchup with a calf injury.

"It feels great," Fusco said. "I think being out for so long — two weeks, and then I didn't play in Central Connecticut (State) — I just wanted to get healthy and come out strong and help my team like I did today."

Three Buffs recorded hat tricks on Monday, led by Fusco (four goals), sophomore Darby Kiernan (three) and sophomore Carly Cox (three).


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"I felt great out there with offense. We were on offense a lot, and there was a lot of communication," Fusco said.

For the first five minutes of the first half, Marist (3-5) dominated possession after scoring 12 seconds in, seeming to give the Buffs a run for their money. But after that, it was all Colorado until halftime.

After going down 1-0, the Buffs scored 11 unanswered goals and hardly allowed the Red Foxes to get a shot off. Marist only managed four shots on goal in the first half.

Colorado’s Marie Moore, center, hugs Johnna Fusco after Fusco scored one of her four goals Monday.
Colorado's Marie Moore, center, hugs Johnna Fusco after Fusco scored one of her four goals Monday. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

Two Buffs scored hat tricks in the first 30 minutes, with Kiernan recording hers just 17 minutes in, followed by Fusco, who completed hers near the end of the first. By halftime, CU led 11-1.

At the start of the second half, not much changed as the Buffs scored four more quick goals in the first nine minutes. After a 40-minute dry spell, Marist finally got back on the board.

The Buffs now sit at 6-1 overall as they head next to No. 15 Northwestern on Thursday at 5 p.m. Mountain time with the hopes of carrying their strong win on Monday into their game against a very formidable opponent.

"(Northwestern) is great competition. We only can get better from playing really good teams, and we're excited to get out of here, I think, for a couple days too," Fusco said.

CU 19, Marist 4

Halftime Score: CU, 11-1

CU scoring (goals-assists): Fusco 4-2, Cox 3-1, Kiernan 3-0, Castagnola 2-1, Macleay 1-4, Lautman 2-0, Castillo 1-0, Salvadore 1-0, Stinson 1-0, Perry 1-0, Oliver 0-1, Brown 0-1.

Marist scoring (goals-assists): Gionta 2-0, Pitonzo 1-1, McHugh 1-0.

Goalies (saves-goals against): CU: Soenksen 4-4, Lisella 1-0. Marist: Witczak 6-11, Bonner 1-8.

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