The Colorado women's lacrosse team is receiving more national attention in light of a 3-0 start.

This week, the Buffs cracked the top 10 of the Cascade/Inside Lacrosse media poll. The Buffs moved up five spots to No. 9, following their 11-7 win over then-No. 16 Massachusetts and 22-3 decision against Stetson.

Colorado also broke into the IWLCA Division I Coaches Poll this week for the first time in program history, debuting at 13th. It is the first coaches' poll of the season, and the Buffs were not ranked in the preseason poll that came out on Jan. 30.

In the NIKE/US Lacrosse Magazine poll, the Buffs stayed at 11th for the second straight week.

North Carolina (3-0) was the top team in each of the three polls.

Colorado will open its final season of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play Sunday against UC Davis in Boulder. Opening draw is set for noon at Kittredge Field.

Kiernan named MPSF Offensive Player of the Week

Coloroado junior Darby Kiernan has been selected as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Offensive Player of the Week, marking the second straight week the Buffs hveas picked up the individual honor.

Kiernan, an attacker from Ridgewood, N.J., helped the Buffs to a 2-0 record last week with wins against then-No. 16 Massachusetts and Stetson. In the 11-7 victory over UMass, Kiernan recorded four goals and an assist for five points to lead CU. She was 3-of-5 on free position shots and had 10 total shots in the game, nine of which were on goal.


In the following 22-3 win against Stetson, Kiernan recorded 19 draw controls, which broke an MPSF record (15) and tied the fifth best mark in NCAA history. Only two others in NCAA history have ever had 19 or more draw controls in a single game. Additionally Kiernan added a goal and two assists in the victory.