The 2017 Colorado women's lacrosse teams recorded their second win against a top-20 ranked team in as many games, knocking off the No. 16 UMass Minutewomen, 11-7, on Friday afternoon in Deland, Fla.
Junior Darby Kiernan led CU with four goals and an assist, lifting the Buffs past UMass (0-2) in the second ever meeting between the two programs. Three of her goals were free-positon shots, while the other was scored when CU was a man-down midway through the first half.
The Buffs, who are ranked 14th in the Inside Lacrosse poll and are 11th in the U.S. Lacrosse poll, led 5-3 after the first half, but the Minutewomen came back with two quick goals within the first minute of the second half, evening the game at 5-5.
"We knew going into this game it was going to be a fight. UMass is a tough team and they are athletic and scrappy," CU head coach Ann Elliott said. "I thought we came out a little slow and it took us a while to get into the game. I think our defense played very well again and was able to get stops when we needed them. Offensively we faced a few different defenses and we did well adjusting and playing together. To be successful against good teams we need everyone working together and I thought we did a good job of that today, but we need to continue to get better."
Senior Johnna Fusco answered for the Buffs with 25:14 left in the second, recording her first of three goals of the day to give CU a 6-5 advantage. From there, the Buffs would never trail and kept adding to their score. Senior Katie Macleay and Kiernan scored the next two before sophomore Samantha Nemirov tallied her first goal of the season. Fusco scored the final two goals of the game for the Buffs.
Colorado out-shot UMass 35-24, which included 21 shots for the Buffs in the first half alone. CU also had the edge in groundballs (13-6).
Colorado 11, UMass 7Colorado (2-0) 5 6 — 11
UMass (0-2) 3 4 — 7
Goals — Colorado:Kiernan 4, Fusco 3, Stinson 1, Macleay 1, Cox 1, Nemirov 1; UMass:Burnett 3, Murphy 2, Turner 1, Walker 1.
Assists — Colorado:Kiernan 1, Stinson 1; UMass: Turner 3, Santos 1.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Colorado: Soenksen 60-7-8; UMass: Hiller 60-11-10.