The Colorado lacrosse team rallied from an early two-goal deficit to rout UC Davis 14-3 in Davis, Calif. on Friday, setting up an MPSF showdown at No. 12 Stanford on Sunday.
The Buffs (8-2 overall) are 3-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Stanford, which hosted Denver on Friday night, began the day 6-2 overall, 1-0 in the conference. The Buffs will play at Stanford at 1 p.m. Mountain time Sunday.
In Friday's game, CU trailed 2-0 and 3-2 before taking control and scoring the final 12 goals of the game.
"Honestly UC Davis, they're a good team," head coach Ann Elliott said. "They're well-coached. They played extremely hard. I don't think we came out doing the little things. We had unforced turnovers in the beginning and we got frustrated and quite frankly got out-played. But our kids were able to turn it around."
Johnna Fusco and Carly Cox each scored three goals in the game. Marie Moore had a pair of scores and an assist on another for four points.
Down 2-0, the Buffs looked to be taking control with consecutive goals by Miranda Stinson and Fusco with over 20 minutes to go. But UC Davis continued to play a tough first half, taking a 3-2 lead with 8:20 left.
It wasn't until 5:41 of the first half that CU tied it up on another goal by Fusco. The Buffs took the lead for good with 39 seconds left in the half on the first goal of the game by Cox and Amanda Salvadore scored with one second remaining in the half for a 5-3 halftime lead.
"It just started clicking for us offensively and defensively," Moore said of the momentum shift late in the half. "It was tough for us when we were down a man a couple times. Creating opportunities was challenging in those situations."
The Buffaloes dominated possession in the second half with six draw controls and forced five UCD turnovers.
CU outshot the Aggies 35-14 in the game, their second-highest shots total in school history. The Buffaloes also had 31 shots on goal.
Tori Link scored her first goal of the season at the 5:54 mark and Darby Kiernan, Sarah Lautman and Sophia Castillo scored their only goals of the game in the second half
"I think our offense is good because we rely on all seven people down there," Moore said. "It's not just one person; it's all seven. We create space and work together well and dodge hard to create opportunities for each other.".
Colorado 14, UC Davis 3
At Davis, Calif.Colorado (8-2, 3-0 MPSF) 5 9 — 14 UC Davis (3-4, 1-1 MPSF) 3 0 — 3
Goals — CU: Fusco 3, Cox 3, Moore 2, Lautman, Kiernan, Stinson, Castillo, Link, Salvadore; UCD: Neff, Doyle, Cross.
Assists — CU: Moore 2, Fusco, Macleay, DeWinter; UCD: Delich.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — CU: Soenksen (60:00-3-7); UCD: Ali (60:00-14-17).