Playing its third top-25 match-up in five games, the Colorado lacrosse team knew it needed to make a statement. And that is exactly what the No. 22 Buffaloes did as they defeated No. 19 Virginia Tech 18-3 on Sunday afternoon at Kittredge Field.

The win moved the Buffs to 3-2 overall as they enter Pac-12 Conference play next week, while the Hokies are now 4-3.

Three Buffs accounted for 13 of CU’s 18 goals. Junior Miranda Stinson tallied five, while senior attacker Carly Cox and junior Samantha Nemirov each had four goals.

“It was an awesome win. We came out really excited,” Cox said. “We prepped a lot this week, so to come out to have good energy and get a good win feels great.”

But it was not all offense. CU’s defense held strong and allowed a season-best three goals against an offense that entered the game averaging 13.17 goals per game. Redshirt sophomore Julia Lisella, in just her second career start, stopped a career-high 11 shots.

“It really meant everything to me to come out here on our home field,” Julia Lisella said. “It’s a beautiful day out and to get that win in front of a good crowd against a good team is great.”

Colorado did not wait long to start scoring in the contest, striking first less than 90 second in with a goal from Cox after a quick pass from Darby Kiernan. The Buffs took a 9-0 advantage by the 11:22 mark before the Hokies put one on the board at 10:02.

It would be far from enough to mount a comeback, though. Colorado made sure of that by putting 22 of its 25 shots on goal.

“I feel pretty good,” Buffs head coach Ann Elliott said. “I think that we were able to execute our game plan both offensively and defensively for 60 minutes. We still have a lot to improve on, but I thought that we did a great job.”