The Colorado lacrosse team scored a program first on Friday night, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
With just three weeks left in the regular season, the No. 23 ranked Buffs made a statement in Los Angeles, Calif. by knocking off No. 14 USC by a 9-8 score — the program’s first win over the Trojans on USC’s home turf.
Getting out to a 6-2 lead at halftime, Colorado saw a fury of a rally by the hosts, and the lead was just the one goal with 3 minutes, 31 seconds to play. However, the Colorado defense stood tall to hold on to victory and improve to 5-1 in the Pac-12 Conference and 6-5 overall.
“I am proud of our fight and ability to stay composed enough to make the next play and hold on for the win,” Colorado head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. “USC is a great team and we have struggled against them, especially here. It’s a good win for us and one we really needed.”
Seniors Miranda Stinson and Samantha Nemirov each recorded three goals, while Stinson added an assist for a team-best four points. Sophomore Sadie Grozier also added a pair of goals and one assist for three points, while senior Sophie Castillo had one goal and one assist.
Nemirov recorded her fifth hat trick of the season after she scored a goal off a pass from Chloe Willard to make the score 8-4 with 18 minutes, 3 seconds to go in the second half. But just like the Trojans had been doing all afternoon, they quickly responded, converting on a free-position attempt at 16:59 and than again at 16:34 to make it 8-6. Stinson converted a free-position shot to make it 9-6, and USC scored twice more.
The Trojans had to play a player down for the final 1:14 after Kerrigan Miller was issued a yellow card.
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Colorado 9, USC 8
At McAlister Field
Colorado 6 3 — 9
Goals — Colorado: Stinson 3, Nemirov 3, Grozier 2, Castillo; USC: Miller 2, Concialdi, Anhut, Ke. Huff, Ka. Huff, Bakes, Ramsey.
Assists — Colorado: Castilo, Stinson, Grozier, Willard; USC: Concialdi, McMahone, Donovan, Flayhan.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Colorado: Lisella (60-8-9); USC: Hertford (60-9-8).