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Colorado lacrosse goalkeeper Julia Lisella will return for the 2021 season.

Two seniors for the Colorado women’s lacrosse team will return for the 2021 season, including two-time all-conference goalkeeper Julia Lisella.

CU announced Tuesday that Lisella and defender Anna Collawn, two of eight seniors on this year’s team, will take advantage of the NCAA approving an extra year of eligibility for the spring sports athletes that had their seasons cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the NCAA approved the extra year, each school was allowed to make its own decision on athletes returning. CU athletic director Rick George announced last month that the Buffs would give the seniors that opportunity.

“This process has been hard for our entire senior class and we are so proud of each and every one of them,” CU head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. “While no one dreams of their senior year being cut short, each of them has had a huge impact on our program that will never be forgotten.

“We are excited that Julia and Anna have decided to return for their extra year of eligibility. Both have been tremendous leaders for us on and off the field. We expect them to have a continued impact for us on the defensive end and are excited to be returning an even more veteran defensive unit in 2020-2021.”

CU was 3-2 when the remainder of the season was canceled March 12. The Buffs had 11 more regular season games scheduled.

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Anna Collawn, left, and Sarah Brown celebrate Colorado’s Pac-12 title in 2018. Collawn will return for the 2021 season, taking advantage of the NCAA granting spring sports seniors an extra year of eligibility.

Lisella has been a three-year starter at goalkeeper. She was first-team All-Pac-12 in 2018, when she was also named IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse goalkeeper of the year. In 2019, she was second-team All-Pac-12. Lisella has a 26-14 career record and a save percentage of 48.7.

Collawn has appeared in 41 games, playing attack, midfield and defender. She has nine career goals and, in 2019, recorded 18 caused turnover in 19 games after moving to defense.

Both have received Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention honors, as well.