The Sportswomen of Colorado will honor several University of Colorado individuals and teams this March for their outstanding 2018 performances.
Three individuals, Robyn Choi (golf), Dani Jones (cross country) and Julia Lisella (lacrosse), were tabbed as award winners in their respective sports, while a pair of teams recorded honors. The lacrosse team earned the award for Outstanding Team Achievement, while the cross country team earned Team of the Year honors.
Individual bios for each athlete/team are listed below:
Robyn Choi, golf:
Choi had an outstanding sophomore season for the Buffs. She set a CU sophomore record stroke average (72.69) through 39 rounds played, which was another school record. During the spring season, she led the Buffs with five top-five finishes, six top-10 finishes and 13 sub-par rounds. Choi scored three rounds in the 60s and tied a team-best 35 rounds in the 70s. She scored 466 pars, 105 birdies and four eagles. Choi earned her LPGA Tour Card in the fall of 2018 and after competing in two tournaments for CU, decided to forgo the remainder of her eligibility to pursue a professional career.
Dani Jones, cross country:
Jones won the individual NCAA Cross Country title last November, becoming CU’s first female cross country champion since 2000, when Kara Grgas-Wheeler won the title. Through cold, snowy conditions, she ran with the lead pack for the entire race until it came down to the final stretch and out-kicked Weini Kelati by 2.5 seconds, finishing in 19:42.8. With the win, she was named the Honda Sports Award winner for Cross Country. Earlier in the season, she recorded her second straight individual Pac-12 Championship and was named the Pac-12 Runner of the Year for the second consecutive year.
Julia Lisella, lacrosse:
A 2018 IWLCA All-America First Team selection, Lisella recorded a 13-4 record and guided the Buffs to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Named the IWLCA Goalkeeper of the year, she averaged a 9.34 goals against average and had a .503 save percentage. In her first year as a starter, she was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, the All-West/Midwest Region First Team and was a member of the 2018 Pac-12 All-Tournament Team. She recorded 10 or more saves in eight games, which included a career-best 17 against Southern California (March 16), which is tied for the fourth most in CU history.
2018 cross country team:
The Buffs won the 2018 NCAA Championship, their first national championship since 2004, and did so handily. CU, which entered the meet ranked third, knocked off top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion New Mexico, 65-103. The 65 points scored was the fewest points scored in an NCAA Champion since the race moved up from 5k to 6k in 2001. The Buffs placed all five scorers in the top 24 and had six individuals earn All-America honors.
2018 lacrosse team:
The Buffs won the inaugural regular season Pac-12 Championship after recording a 9-1 mark in league play. Overall, CU finished the year with a 14-6 mark and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Buffs recorded their first-ever NCAA Tournament game win with a 23-18 victory against Jacksonville in the first round. The Buffs overcame a difficult start to the season as they lost teammate Julia Sarcona in a single-car accident just before the start of the seaspn, and recorded one of the best seasons in school history.