The tables turned for the CU lacrosse team Friday at home against Southern California.
One week after the teams played to an 18-12 shootout won by the Trojans — spurred on by a seven-goal outburst to start the second half of play — in Los Angeles, the Buffaloes had a little bit of streakiness in them on Friday, and it resulted in victory.
CU (4-5 overall, 2-3 Pac-12) scored the final seven goals of the game to down USC, 13-11.
“Our team has been in this situation time and time again, and we made our way partway back and we hadn’t been able to finish since the beginning of the season at Louisville, this has been a theme for us,” Colorado coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. “It’s about them going out there and actually making the plays at the moment, them trusting each other and themselves, and being aggressive. I thought when we did that we did well on both ends of the field and we need to be able to do that consistently.”
CU’s seniors were a huge part of the comeback, playing a part in six of the seven goals that wrapped up the win. Sadie Grozier recorded three goals and one assist in that span, while Zoe Lawless had two goals. Overall, Grozier led both teams with five goals and had six points with her assist. Lawless recorded three goals and freshman Morgan Pence added two goals, including the game-winner on a free-position opportunity.
CU held USC (6-4, 3-2) to 10 shots in the second half, with seven of those going on goal. That helped helped the hosts overcome an 11-6 disadvantage five minutes into the second half.
This is the first time since March 9, 2018, that the Buffs have come back after being down by seven goals. The last time was against Stanford, and the Buffs won that game 18-16.
Colorado 13, USC 11
USC 8 3 — 11
Colorado 5 8 — 13
Goals: USC — McMahon, Izzy 4; Heaney, Ella 3; McDaniel, Maddie 1; Bakes,
Erin 1; Waters, Madison 1; Ueland, Finley 1; CU: Grozier, Sadie 5; Lawless, Zoe 3; Pence, Morgan 2;
Stokes, Ashley 1; Rudy, Charlie 1; Willard, Chloe 1.
Goalies: USC — Hertford, Riley (60-13-9); CU — Lisella, Julia (60-11-13).