Perhaps tired of struggling through its own scoring droughts, the Colorado women's lacrosse team turned the tables Sunday at San Diego State.
The sixth-ranked Buffaloes shook off their second loss of the season Friday in a top-10 showdown at No. 9 USC by taking out their frustrations on San Diego State, cruising to a 17-5 victory in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at Aztec Lacrosse Field.
After posting season-low scoring totals in three of the previous four games, CU topped the 15-goal mark for the eighth time this season.
"We tried to focus on being more aggressive, putting pressure on the defense, and putting pressure on the other team's offense on both ends of the field. I thought we did a better job of doing that for 60 minutes," CU coach Ann Elliott said. "There's definitely areas that we have to continue to work on and improve on, but in terms of being aggressive we did a good job."
The Buffs dropped to second place in the MPSF after Friday's loss at USC in which CU was held scoreless over the final 35 minutes, 2 seconds of the contest. The Buffs also went more than 31 minutes without a goal in their previous match against Stanford, but on Sunday they quickly set aside the offensive doldrums.
CU scored three goals in the first 5:01 before the host Aztecs quickly rallied to even the score at 3-3. However, after SDSU's final goal of that sequence at the 14:55 mark, CU held the Aztecs scoreless over the next 30:16 while steadily pulling away. The Buffs led 9-3 at halftime and led 12-3 before SDSU found the back of the net again at the 14:39 mark of the second half.
"Defensively we started a little slow but really bought back into our game plan," Elliott said. "I think when we play aggressive and we play together, we're a really tough defense and can do good things."
Johnna Fusco paced CU's attack with four goals and an assist, marking the sixth time this season she has scored at least four goals. Darby Kiernan posted three goals and an assist while Katie Macleay, who was held without a point for the first time this season at USC, recorded three goals.
The Buffs complete the regular season next week with road dates at St. Mary's and Cal.
"I think we're happy as a team with the way we responded," Elliott said. "We were in a tough position where either we could get down on ourselves and fold or fight back and respond. I think we came out and responded and competed for 60 minutes. I think Friday night's game showed us we have things we have to work on moving forward, and today was the first step in that direction."
No. 6 Colorado 17, San Diego State 5
At Aztec Lacrosse FieldColorado (13-2, 5-1 MPSF) 9 8—17
San Diego State (8-6, 2-4) 3 2—5
Goals — Colorado: Fusco 4, Kiernan 3, Macleay 3, Cox 2, Moore 2, Castagnola, Stinson, Sisk; San Diego State: Deitz, Hickey, Harlowe, Dorl, Haight.
Assists — Colorado: Fusco, Kiernan, Garrison; San Diego State: Jeffrey 3.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Colorado: Soenksen (60-5-7); San Diego State: Reeves (51-15-12), Merritt (9-2-2).