CU Buffs women’s lacrosse vs. No. 15 Stanford Cardinal
GAME TIME: Saturday, 1 p.m. MT, Stanford Stadium, Stanford, Calif.
BROADCAST: Pac-12 Networks
RECORDS: Colorado 8-6, Stanford 10-0
LEADERS: Colorado – Atk Charlie Rudy, Jr. (45 goals, 4 assists); Atk Sadie Grozier, Sr. (33 goals, 12 assists); Atk Zoe Lawless, Sr. (27 goals, 3 assists); GK Julia Lisella, Sr. (.495 save percentage, 10.46 goals-against average). Stanford – Atk Ali Baiocco, Sr. (43 goals, 23 assists); Atk Galen Lew, Sr. (25 goals, 15 assists); Mid Ailish Kelly, Fr. (21 goals, 5 assists); GK Kara Rahaim, So. (.337 save percentage, 11.19 goals-against average)
NOTES: This is the championship game of the Pac-12 Tournament. The winner will lock in a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The losing team will hope for an at-large berth when the tournament is announced on Sunday. … Since the Pac-12’s inaugural season of women’s lacrosse in 2018, CU is the only team to reach every championship game. Overall, the Buffs are playing in their fourth consecutive title game, as they also reached the MPSF finals in 2017. The Buffs have lost their previous three championship game appearances, however. … Seeded No. 3, the Buffs are the lowest seed to reach a Pac-12 championship game (all four MPSF finals from 2014-17 were also No. 1 vs. No. 2). … The Buffs’ Grozier notched her 100th career goal in Thursday’s 9-8 semifinal win against USC. She has 101 for her career. … The Buffs have played the last two games without Rudy, who is out with an injury. It’s unclear if she’ll play against the Cardinal. … Earlier this week, CU’s Lisella was named Pac-12 defensive player of the year, while Stanford’s Baiocco was named the attacker of the year. … CU is 6-9 all-time against Stanford, but 6-3 since 2017. … Stanford won the only regular-season matchup with the Buffs this year, 10-9 in overtime on March 20 in Boulder. CU led 9-6 with 14 minutes to play, but Stanford closed on a 4-0 run. … Stanford reached the championship with an 18-11 win against Arizona State on Thursday. Baiocco and Mikaela Watson each had four goals for Stanford. … Stanford beat CU in the inaugural Pac-12 title game, 15-6, in 2018. The Cardinal also won an MPSF tournament title in 2015.