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CU lacrosse 18th in IWLCA Preseason poll

Buffs return nine starters

The Colorado lacrosse team will once again start the season with a top ranking in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association preseason poll, which was released Monday afternoon.

The Buffs were picked 18th after finishing the 2019 season with an 11-8 record, which included an 8-2 mark to finish second in the Pac-12 Conference. CU also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.

Colorado opens up the 2020 season on Feb. 8, at No. 14 Florida. Their home opener is slated for Feb. 21 against Harvard.

The Buffs return nine starters and 28 letterwinners from last season, including a pair of all-conference honorees — Sadie Grozier and Julia Lisella. Grozier, a junior attacker, is the team’s leading returning scorer as she tallied 36 goals and 10 assists last spring. Lisella, a senior goalkeeper, recorded a .470 save percentage last season while facing 480 shots. She allowed 10.19 goals per game.