The 14th-ranked Colorado Buffaloes produced a 6-4 scoring edge in the second half, but it was not enough to beat No. 25 Denver as the visiting Buffs fell 10-8 Thursday night at Peter Barton Stadium.
Sadie Grozier, Carly Cox and Miranda Stinson each recorded two goals for the Buffs (7-4). In addition, Cox added a pair of assists for a team-best four points.
The Pioneers (6-3) recorded their first goal of the game at 28:34, but Grozier evened the game at one goal apiece, scoring on her first free-position attempt at 22:41.
The Pioneers answered back 50 seconds later to retake the lead and went up by two at 17:32. DU scored its third straight goal with 9:46 left in the half.
Darby Kiernan won the draw control after DU took at 4-1 advantage. The Buffs marched down the field, and Kiernan found the back of the net off a pass from Cox at 9:25. The two sides fought back and forth, but in the final 80 seconds, the Pioneers scored a pair of goals to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.
After the intermission, Kiernan won the draw and passed to Stinson, who marched down the field to score her first of the day just 13 seconds into the frame. Stinson recorded her second of the day at 22:02 to bring the Buffs back within a pair.
Denver again scored two straight goals to regain a four-goal advantage. With under 10 minutes to play in the game, Cox recorded her first marker of the game at 8:43 with the assist going to Kiernan to make it 8-5.
The Pioneers added another marker to their total at 7:14, but the Buffs were not going to go so easily. Sarah Brown won the draw control and ran right to the net before she was fouled. Brown scored her first goal of the season on the ensuing free-position attempt at 7:01.
The two teams exchanged goals again as DU tallied its 10th of the game at 5:44 before Grozier scored off a pass from Cox at 5:12.
With 4:19 left in the game, DU's Molly Little was given a yellow card and the Buffs made her pay as Cox found the back of the net with the helper going to Samantha Nemirov at 3:49.
It was a battle to the finish, but with 1:55 left in the game, Kelsie Garrison received a yellow card, putting the Buffs a woman down. The Pioneers were able to run much of the clock out and take the win.