In just its fourth season as a program, the No. 9 Colorado lacrosse team is proving to be a force, as it kept its undefeated streak alive in an offensive domination of Marquette, 20-6, at Kittredge Field on Saturday.
"I think we're excited, offensively, with where we are now," CU head coach Ann Elliott said. "We have a lot of different people that can step up and we've seen that now through our first six games."
With the win, the Buffaloes move to 6-0 this season, thanks to four hat tricks and a stifling defense from start to finish.
"It's awesome," senior attacker Cali Castagnola said. "It's obviously the first time we've started 6-0. It's really exciting, and hopefully we keep the momentum going through the season."
Castagnola and senior attacker Johnna Fusco led the way for the Buffs with four goals apiece, followed by senior attacker Katie Macleay and junior attacker Darby Kiernan, who each added three more.
After a lagging first few minutes, the Buffaloes reverted to their old ways as they scored four goals in less than a minute and a half. Although they cooled the intensity from there, they never relinquished control of the flow of the game.
The Buffs gained a 7-0 lead before the Golden Eagles were able to get on the board, and even then, they wouldn't let them gain hardly any traction. At the half, the Buffs led 12-3.
In the second half, the momentum never shifted to the Golden Eagles, and the Buffs kept netting goal after goal, until it rounded out at 20-6 before the final buzzer sounded.
"It gives us a lot of confidence," Castagnola said of the win. "Obviously we have to keep working and keep it up."
The Buffs face perhaps their greatest test of the season next March 12 as they visit No. 6 Penn State at 10 a.m. for their first top-10 matchup of the season.
"Going into next week against Penn State, they're a great team that's tested and played in the final four last year," Elliott said. "They're strong defensively, offensively, so we're going to need every weapon we have when we go in there."
CU 20, Marquette 6
At Kittredge Field
Halftime score: CU 12, Marquette 3
CU scoring (goals-assists): Castagnola 4-2, Fusco 4-1, Kiernan 3-3, Macleay 3-0, Cox 2-1, Moore 1-0, Stinson 1-0, Sutherland 1-0, Sisk 1-0, Brown 0-1.
MU scoring (goals-assists): Gabriel 2-1, Shearer 2-0, Lane 2-0, Menzuber 0-1.
Goalies (saves-goals against): Soenksen 6-6; Grozier 3-7, Horning 3-13.