For the second straight week, the Buffaloes have swept the Pac-12 Conference lacrosse player of the week awards. Senior Eliza Cahill was named the defensive player of the week, while junior Charlie Rudy was named the offensive player of the week.
Both players helped Colorado (7-5, 4-3 Pac-12) record a pair of road wins last week in Northern California. CU defeated UC Davis 16-13 on April 9 and then went on to earn a 12-10 win against California on April 11.
Cahill, a defender from The Woodlands, Texas, led the Buffs with eight ground balls and 10 draw controls while adding two caused turnovers, one in each game. She recorded four ground balls in each game. Her draw control wins were key in putting the Buffs in control of the game. She recorded six draw controls against UC Davis and had another four against California. Cahill also has speed, which helped CU transition from defense to offense quickly. The Buffs recorded a 92.1 clear percentage last weekend; they were successful on 16-18 against UC Davis and only failed once (19-20) against Cal.
Rudy, an attacker from Novato, Calif., scored a team-best eight goals and added one assist for nine points last weekend. She recorded four goals and an assist against UC Davis and put eight of her nine shots on goal in the contest. In the following game against Cal, she once again scored four goals, but all four came in the second half as she helped secure CU’s first conference road win of the season. She recorded her eighth and ninth hat-tricks, respectively, of the season, and also extended her point-scoring streak to 17 games.
These are the second conference player of the week honors for Cahill and Rudy. Cahill was previous named the defender of the week on Feb. 18, 2019, while Rudy was named the offensive player of the week on March 9, 2020.
The Buffs have had five players earn weekly honors this season. Sadie Grozier and Rudy have been named offensive players of the week, while Anna Collawn, Julia Lisella and Cahill have earned defensive player of the week honors.
Colorado has now won four straight games and is off this weekend before wrapping up conference play against Oregon in Eugene, Ore., on April 23. Following that contest, the Buffs will have one more regular season match-up against Denver on April 29.