LOS ANGELES — A horrendous start to the second half of play Friday in Los Angeles in which USC lacrosse netted seven straight goals over a span of 6 minutes, 7 seconds quickly put the Colorado Buffaloes out of contention for a Pac-12 Conference road win.
The Trojans took a 9-6 lead at McAlister Field and turned in into a 16-6 lead, and USC finished off the Buffs, 18-12, to drop visiting CU to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-12.
Zoe Lawless scored five goals, and Charlie Rudy added four goals for CU, but USC’s balance was on display as 10 different players scored for the hosts, who improved to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
Just three goals were scored in the first 10 minutes of action, but Colorado hung with USC for most of the first half. Trailing just 7-5, Ella Heaney and Michaela McMahon scored 41 seconds apart to make it 9-5, and Rudy tallied her 25th goal of the year with just 48 seconds to go to get it back to a three-goal USC lead.
The Buffs came out after halftime and had a hard time on the draws, allowing USC to command play. Izzy McMahon and Kelsey Huff combined for four of the seven straight markers to stretch USC’s lead, and while CU returned to a controlling form of play for a stretch thereafter — they go as close as 16-12 with 11:46 left — the Buffs could not find a way to get enough possessions or offensive attempts the remainder of play.
Julia Lisella played all 60 minutes in goal for CU, stopping nine shots.
CU will travel to Tempe, Ariz., to take on Arizona State on Sunday (2 p.m. MT).
USC 18, Colorado 12
Colorado 6 6 — 12
USC 9 9 — 18
Goals: COL — Lawless, Zoe (5); Rudy, Charlie (4); Grozier, Sadie (1); Stokes, Ashley (1); Burnside, Kate (1); USC — McMahon, Izzy (4); Ramsay, Katie (3); Waters, Madison (2); Huff, Kelsey (2); McDaniel, Maddie (2); Bakes, Erin (1); Heaney, Ella (1); Shevitz, Claudia (1); Larkin, Sarah (1); McMahon, Michaela (1).
Goalies: COL — Lisella, Julia (60-18-9); USC — Hertford, Riley (48-12-5), Sweitzer, Delaney (12-0-1)