No. 12 Stanford put the clamps on two of Colorado's top scorers Sunday and handed the Buffaloes their first conference loss 12-10 at Stanford, Calif.
For the first time this season, neither Cali Castagnola nor Johnna Fusco scored a goal for CU, which dropped to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Stanford improved to 8-2 and 3-0.
"I think Stanford's a strong team," CU head coach Ann Elliott said in a release. "They're well-balanced. They stepped up today and we weren't able to match that. We won some little battles with draw controls, but we weren't able to attack. They did a good job defensively on Johnna (Fusco), but other people weren't able to step up and that was the difference."
Carly Cox, Darby Kiernan, Marie Moore and Miranda Stinson each scored two goals for CU. Katie Macleay added a goal and two assists.
Stanford jumped out to a 5-1 lead with over 11 minutes left in the first half before CU rallied. The Buffs scored five straight goals to take a 6-5 lead. Cox, Sarah Lautman, Macleay and Stinson all scored in the final eight minutes of the first half to forge a 5-5 tie at half.
Moore scored just over two minutes into the second half as the Buffs took their first lead at 6-5. After both teams traded goals, the Cardinal scored three in a row to build a 9-7 lead.
Stanford opened a 12-8 lead with 3:58 remaining and it proved too much for CU to overcome. Moore and Cox both scored with over two minutes left, but Stanford controlled the ensuing draw and held possession for much of the final two minutes.
Colorado dominated the game statistically. CU outshot Stanford 19-17 in the game and had a 10-8 edge on ground balls. CU also had an edge in draws, winning 15 of the game's 24 draws, and also committed fewer turnovers (8) than Stanford (11). The difference came in free position shots The Cardinal converted 6-of-7, while CU scored on just 3-of-6 attempts.
"We definitely improved in some areas from our previous three games," Elliott said. "I thought we did a good job on the draw controls, everybody running through ground balls, and in transition. But it doesn't make a difference if you are afraid to attack. We put ourselves in a good position, but didn't execute. They outplayed us individually across the field."
The schedule doesn't get any easier this week for the Buffs. CU returns home on Friday to face No. 7 USC, which is 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the MPSF.
Stanford 12, Colorado 10
At Stanford, Calif.Colorado (8-3, 3-1 MPSF) 5 5 — 10 Stanford (8-2, 3-0 MPSF) 5 7 — 12
Goals — CU: Kiernan 2, Stinson 2, Cox 2, Moore 2, Lautman, Macleay; Stanford : Schoen 3, Myers 3, Murray 2, Kusick, Klein, Salemo, Tesei.
Assists — CU: Macleay 2, Cox, Kiernan, Lautman; Stanford: Schoen, Murray, Kusick.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — CU: Soenksen (60:00--12-2); Stanford: Dacar (60:00-10-6).