A look at the matchup between No. 6 CU women’s lacrosse and No. 9 USC

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Colorado senior Darby Kiernan, left, leads the Buffs in goals and assists.

CU women’s lacrosse preview: USC

MATCHUP: No. 6 Colorado Buffaloes (12-1, 4-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) at No. 9 USC Trojans (11-3, 5-0).

GAME TIME: Friday, 6 p.m. MDT, Los Angeles Coliseum.

BROADCAST: TV — Pac-12 Network.

LEADERS: Colorado — Goals: A Darby Kiernan, Jr., 35; Assists: Kiernan, 16; Points: Kiernan, 51; Goalie: Paige Soenksen, Sr., 7.45 goals-against average, .554 save percentage. USC — Goals: A Michaela Michael, Sr., 53; Assists: A Cynthia Del Core, Sr., 21; Points: Michael, 67; Goalie: Gussie Johns, Jr., 6.83 goals-against average, .497 save percentage.

NOTABLE: The winner will take sole possession of first place in the MPSF and will have the inside track at the regular-season championship, though USC faces a tougher end-of-schedule run than the Buffs. Following Friday’s showdown CU faces three of the four lowest teams in the MPSF standings to complete the regular season, playing at San Diego State Sunday before visiting Cal and St. Mary’s next week. USC’s final two games are at Stanford and UC Davis…The Buffs posted an overtime win against USC in the program’s first season in 2014 but have lost to the Trojans the past two seasons…USC‘s Michael ranks second in the nation in goals and is tied for eighth in points…The next goal by CU sophomore Miranda Stinson will give the Buffs five 20-goal scorers for the third consecutive season…The Trojans’ three losses occurred on the road against Florida, Cornell, and Stony Brook, all top-10 teams. CU’s lone loss was at Stony Brook…The Trojans have won 22 consecutive home games dating back to the season opener in 2015…USC (6.57) and CU (7.15) boast the top two scoring defenses in the nation.

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