The University of Colorado lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season Friday, falling 14-4 at No. 7/6 Notre Dame.
There was no score for the first 20 minutes as Notre Dame held a 6-5 edge in shots but CU had longer time of possession.
Stephanie Toy found the net at 9:05 as the Irish took control. Notre Dame outshot CU 10-2 in the final 10 minutes of the half and scored four goals in the final 5:08, putting the Buffs in a 5-0 hole at halftime.
“We know from experience that it takes 60 minutes to win a game and we have a lot of respect for Notre Dame,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said. “I think they can attack in so many different ways and they’re explosive. While we were able to kind of hold them for 20 minutes, after that we weren’t able to do what we needed to do to take advantage of some of those opportunities on our offensive end and take care of the ball. I think in the end, it wears on you and Notre Dame ended up capitalizing.”
Notre Dame continued its strong showing with seven goals in the first seven minutes of the second half for a 12-0 lead.
“It just comes down to taking advantage of your opportunities,” Elliott said. “For us, we know they are a good team. We knew that when we got opportunities, we were going to have to take advantage of them because they are explosive and they can score quick. That showed at the end of the first half and at the beginning of the second half.”
Cali Castagnola was the first CU players to find the net, scoring at 13:10 on a free position shot. Carly Cox also scored on a free position shot five minutes later, and Johnna Fusco scored at 6:20, trimming the deficit to 12-3.
The Irish scored twice more before Fusco scored the game’s final goal at 1:49.
CU’s Paige Soenksen had 10 saves for the 20th 10-save performance of her career. Marie Moore had a season-high five ground balls, Sarah Brown led the Buffs with four draw controls and Kelsie Garrison added three caused turnovers and three ground balls.
Cortney Fortunado, the nation’s leader in points, led the Irish with three goals as Notre Dame outshot CU 32-13 overall.
CU fell to 2-1 while Notre Dame improved to 4-0.
The Buffs next play Sunday at noon MT in a game at Marquette.