All season long, dominance has seemed to be one of the only words in No. 7 Colorado lacrosse's vocabulary, and on Wednesday, the Buffaloes stuck to what they know best with an 18-6 win over Winthrop at Kittredge Field.
"I thought it was great overall, across the board," senior attacker Katie Macleay said. "I thought everybody stepped up and was able to score, and that was cool."
With the win, the Buffs moved to 8-0 on the season and are one of the few teams in the country still undefeated.
As was the be expected, the Buffs — ranked fourth in the Inside Lacrosse Pol l — shared the ball well and dominated offensively and defensively from start to finish. Macleay, junior attacker Darby Kiernan, senior attacker Cali Castagnola and sophomore midfielder Blair Sisk all contributed hat tricks to the cause.
Junior Sophia Gambitsky saw her first start in goal of the season on Wednesday, and she fared well as she weathered 13 shots with seven saves.
"It was great," Gambitsky said. "Paige (Soenksen) definitely left some big shoes for me to fill, but I tried to make her and the team as proud as I could."
Head coach Ann Elliott said that while Gambitsky doesn't see much action, she was happy with her performance.
"I think Sophia did a great job stepping in there," Elliott said. "Obviously she plays behind Paige who's so consistent, and she doesn't get many opportunities because of that."
After the Eagles tied the game at a goal apiece early in the first half, the Buffs made quick work to stifle them on offense and defense. With ten minutes until halftime, the Buffs went up by double digits, 11-1.
At the half, they led 14-1.
At the start of the second, the Eagles ramped up the intensity and netted three goals in the first ten minutes, but they couldn't keep up with the high-flying Buffaloes for long.
By the time the clock struck zero, the Buffs had shut down the Eagles, 18-6. The Buffs return to action on Sunday as they host Oregon at noon.
Colorado 18, Winthrop 6Winthrop (2-4) 1 5 — 6
Colorado (8-0) 14 4 — 18
Goals —Winthrop: Clark 3, Marindin 1, Tedesco 1; Colorado:Kiernan 3, Castagnola 3, Macleay 3, Sisk 3, Cox 2, Perry 2, Stinson 1, Salvadore 1.
Assists — Winthrop: Beatson 2; Colorado: Kiernan 2, Cox 2, Stinson 2, Castagnola 1, DeWinter 1.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Winthrop: Wormsley 60-5-18; Colorado: Gambitsky 60-7-6.