Colorado used a pair of 8-0 runs to continue its dominating ways at Kittredge Field, taking down Arizona State University 16-3 on Sunday afternoon to improve to 9-4 overall.
Junior Miranda Stinson led the Buffs with five goals and one assist for six points.
With the win, No. 18 CU (6-1 Pac-12) is tied for first in the conference standings with Stanford, which also has a 6-1 league mark. ASU dropped to 1-7.
“Our focus is going one game at a time and just seeing what we can do, especially in conference,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said. “It is so important to come out strong, so we did our work this weekend. We know heading into Stanford that it is a big game and we have to be ready to go.”
That game is slated for Friday at 8 p.m., in California, where Stinson should also be a major factor like she was Sunday.
“Miranda is always playing hard,” Elliott said. “We wanted to be aggressive and I thought she came out and did that on Friday and it was nice to see things go her way here on Sunday. As a whole, we have to keep being aggressive and we need everybody every game.”
That aggression on Sunday resulted in the Buffs recording 17 of the 21 draw controls. Darby Kiernan led the way with eight, while Kelsie Garrison had five. Sarah Brown earned three and Bridget Mitchell had the other one.
CU’s defense also held the opposing team to five goals or less for the fourth times this season.
“I thought our defense came out pretty aggressive,” Elliott said. “We need to continue to be aggressive especially heading into Stanford. They are such a versatile team and so dangerous in many different ways, which we learned real quick here last time we played them.”
The Buffs have now won 16 straight games at Kittredge Field, dating back to the 2016 season. The last time CU lost at Kitt was to USC (9-8) on April 8, 2016.
In total, CU has won 17 home games in that span as the Buffs also hosted Oregon on March 19, 2017, in the Indoor Practice Facility.
The 17 home wins is the ninth best home win streak in NCAA history.
No. 18 Colorado 16, ASU 3
At Kittredge Field
ASU (6-10, 1-7) 1 2 — 3
Goals — ASU: Burns 1, Villanti 1, Kroeger 1; Colorado: Stinson 5, Castillo 2, Kiernan 2, Cox 2, Brown 1 Nemirov 1, Sisk 1 Collawn 1, Nisssen 1.
Assists — ASU: Adams 1, Clayton 1; Colorado: Castillo 2, Brown 1, Kiernan 1, Stinson 1.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — ASU: Bonneau (52:54-16-13), Thomas (7:06-0-0); Colorado: Lisella (60-3-3).