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May 15th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU track and field teams post best-ever finishes at Pac-12 championships

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado track and field team swept both the men’s and women’s 5,000 meters en-route to its best Pac-12 conference finish in school history here Sunday at the Pac-12 Championships.

TEAM SCORES

The women finished in third place with 78 total points to earn their highest finish in Pac-12 history. Last season, the Buffs earned a sixth-place finish, which was their previous best finish. On the men’s side, the Buffs took fourth with 73 total team points. The men’s previous top finish came in 2013 when CU finished in sixth overall.

WHAT HAPPENED

Dani Jones took home two conference titles to help push the women to their best conference finish in over 10 years. The Colorado women also swept all distance events including the 1,500 meters (Dani Jones), the Steeplechase (Madison Boreman), the 5,000 meters (Dani Jones) and the 10,000 meters (Erin Clark).

Jones won her first conference title on Sunday as she took the 1,500 meters title with a time of 4:22.09. Jones, just like her two national title races held steady throughout her race but in the last 100 meters put her lethal kick into action as she went from fourth to first in the last straight away. On the men’s side, Joe Klecker placed eighth with a time of 3:56.48 while Ben Saarel finished in 3:56.98 to place 11th overall.

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Team Scores:
Women: (1. Oregon, 189) 2. USC, 135; 3. Colorado, 78; 4. Washington, 72; 5. UCLA, 63; 6. Arizona State, 58.5; 7. Stanford, 47; 8. Arizona, 46; 9. Washington State, 45; 9. Cal, 45; 11. Oregon State, 21.5; 12. Utah, 16
Men: (1. Oregon, 175) 2. USC, 115.5; 3. UCLA, 101; 4. Colorado, 73; 5. Cal, 72; 6. Washington State, 69.5; 7. Washington, 61; 8. Arizona State, 51; 9. Arizona, 50; 10. Stanford, 49

 

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May 14th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU men’s golf team sets sight on advancing to NCAA finals

RelatedGolf Notes 

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado men’s golf team arrived here Saturday ahead of the NCAA Championship Regional with one singular goal in mind: advance to the NCAA Finals for the first time since 2002.

The Central/Purdue Regional begins Monday, with coach Roy Edwards team getting in some practice when it arrived here ahead of a practice round on the Kampen Course at the Birck/Boilermaker Golf Complex, a 7,411-yard, par-72 links-style layout that has been rated one of the top collegiate courses in the nation and one of the most difficult golf courses in Indiana.

Colorado, ranked No. 32 in the nation (GolfStat; No. 26 Golfweek) is the No. 6 seed in the field, its highest since the regionals went to six sites in 2009, when the Buffaloes were a No. 7 seed.  This is the fifth straight year the Buffaloes have qualified for the NCAA postseason, and the 21st time in the 29-year history of regional play.

With final exams complete and the team celebrating three graduates last Friday, the Buffaloes can now focus on finishing in the top five of 13 teams competing here, which would earn CU its first trip to the NCAA Finals in some 15 years.  Colorado has come close several times, including a sixth place finish in this very state two years ago after the Buffs owned the first round lead.

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CU women’s track team in first place at Pac-12 championships

From CUBuffs.com …  For the sixth straight year, the Pac-12 women’s Steeplechase title goes to University of Colorado, as freshman Madison Boreman took home the event title here Saturday at the Pac-12 Championships.

The Colorado women put together a strong showing on the first day as the team placed first and second in both the Steeplechase as well as the 10,000 meters. The women are currently in first place after the first day of competition with 44 points. UCLA sits in second with 37 points.

WHAT HAPPENED

Freshman Madison Boreman won her first conference title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase crossing the finish line in a PR time of 10:06.83. This is the Buffs ninth straight steeplechase conference title for the women, and six straight in the Pac-12. Overall, five Buffs have won 10 steeplechase titles in the last 11 years. Jenny (Barringer) Simpson won a pair of titles (2007 and 09), Emma Coburn captured three crowns (2010, 11 and 13). Shalaya Kipp was a two-time winner (2012 and 14) while Erin Clark earned back to back titles in 2015-16. Teammate and sophomore Sage Hurta came in right behind Boreman finishing with a PR 10:07.87 time to finish second.

Colorado also picked up big points from the 10,000 meters as Erin Clark won her third overall Pac-12 conference title after winning the 10k. This was Clark’s first 10k of the season, and she made it count, recording an impressive time of 33:23.92 to win the event. Clark moves up to fourth on the all-time top performers for CU and becomes the fifth Buff to win a 10k conference title. The last time was Sara Slattery who won the title in 2005.

The Buffs dominated the 10,000 meters as Makena Morley placed second with a time of 33:29. Annie Kelly finished fifth (33:39.35), Melanie Nun came in sixth (33:46.49) and Carrie Verdon finished in ninth (33:46.63). These distance runners helped push the Buffs into the lead on the women’s side.

On the men’s side of the 10,000 meters Ryan Forsyth placed seventh with a PR time of 29:32.38. Ethan Gonzales finished right behind in eight place with a 29:33.47 time.

UP NEXT: The championships conclude Sunday. Action starts at 1:45 p.m. with the men’s discus. The Buffs are currently in first on the women’s team race with 44 points, while the men are in 10th with 13 points.

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May 12th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Record-setting season for CU Lacrosse team comes to an end in first round of NCAA tournament

From CUBuffs.com …  The Colorado Buffaloes had a year to remember, but their season ended on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, falling 13-7 to Massachusetts (17-3) at Penn Park.

The Buffs finish the season with a 16-4 record, the best in school history.

WHAT HAPPENED: CU’s Darby Kiernan got the scoring started in the game, finding the back of the net at 28:19. UMass came back to even the game three minutes later with its first marker.

Katie Macleay put the Buffs back in the lead at 21:22 with her first goal of the tournament and Miranda Stinson gave CU a two-goal lead, scoring her seventh man-up goal this season at 18:52.

The Minutewomen answered 30 seconds later with their second goal of the game, but Macleay scored her second marker at 15:25, giving the Buffs a two-goal advantage. The lead did not last long as UMass responded with its third goal at 12:58.

After a media timeout, the Buffs came out fast, winning the draw and attacking quickly. Macleay recorded a hat-trick at 12:47 off a pass from Marie Moore, again putting CU up by two. But UMass went on to score the next three goals before the end of the first half, giving the Minutewomen a 6-5 advantage at halftime.

Kiernan scored the first goal of the second half (27:02), tying the game up at 6-6, before the Minutewomen tallied five straight goals to take an 11-6 led.

The Buffs were not going to give in and Kiernan recorded her 13th hat-trick of the season, tallying CU’s seventh goal of the game at 11:06. But that would be the last goal the Buffs would get as UMass finished the scoring for the game with two consecutive goals.

NOTABLE:

  • Colorado finished the season with a 16-4 record, its best mark in the four-year history of the program.
  • This was the first time CU advanced to an NCAA Tournament.
  • Darby Kiernan became the first Buff to record 50 or more goals twice in a single season with her 50th goal this campaign. She owns the single season record with 52 from 2015 and ’17.
  • Kiernan also increased her single-season assists record to 25 with two assists in the game.
  • Miranda Stinson added to her single-season man-up goals record, bringing the record to seven with CU’s third goal of the game.
  • Katie Macleay has scored three or more goals in eight of 20 games played this season. She is the first Buff to score a hat-trick in an NCAA Tournament game.

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May 11th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse to take on UMass (Friday, 5:00 p.m., MT) in first round of NCAA tournament

Related“Lull in action well-timed for CU Buffs women’s lacrosse” … from the Daily Camera 

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado will face Massachusetts on Friday, May 12, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, marking the Buffs first ever appearance in the national championship since starting the program in 2014.

CU and UMass will square off at 5 p.m. MDT/7 p.m. EDT in Philadelphia, Pa. Penn was selected the No. 7 seed and is the host of the first and second rounds. The Quakers will face Navy in the other first round match-up at 2 p.m. MDT/4 p.m. EDT.  The winners of the two games will meet in the second round on Sunday, May 14, at 11 a.m. MDT/1 p.m. EDT.

All games will be played at Penn Park on Dunning-Cohen Champions Field, which was the site of the 2012 Ivy League Championships.

ABOUT THE MINUTEWOMEN: UMass won the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament last week to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, finishing the regular season with a 16-3 record. One of those three losses came against CU (11-7) last February.

THE SERIES: This will be the third meeting between the two teams, the second this season, with the series tied up at 1-1. UMass won the first meeting on March 14, 2014, 17-4. At the time, UMass was ranked ninth. The second meeting went in favor of CU, 11-7, on Feb. 17, 2017. The Buffs were ranked No. 14/11 at the time, while UMass was 16th.

HOW TO WATCH THE GAME: Penn will stream all three games live. A link to the stream, as well as live stats, will be available at http://www.pennathletics.com.

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May 10th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU women’s golf team rallies, but comes up one shot short of qualifying for NCAA finals

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado women’s golf team put together its best round of the tournament here on Wednesday in the final 18 holes at the NCAA Columbus Regional, but its rally to finish in the top six and advance to the NCAA Championships came up short. Only ­­one heartbreaking stroke separated the Buffs from No. 33 ranked Michigan to continue postseason play.

Colorado carded a 909 or 45-over par final score for the event while Michigan closed at 44-over 908 to take sixth place and the right to advance.

“Heartbroken to say the least,” head coach Anne Kelly said. “The team played their hearts out and to miss two years in a row by only one shot is hard to take. But, this team will bounce back and learn from this experience. I’m so proud of them! They gave it their all and that’s all I can ask of them as a coach.”

The Buffaloes, who entered the day tied for ninth place, posted a 297 or 9-over par team score in the final round and in the process, put the pressure on both No. 13th ranked Arkansas and Michigan down the stretch. Colorado, moved into sixth place after hole No. 14 where three Buffs dropped a birdie and Kirsty Hodgkins fired out an eagle to push the team above the red line. From the 14th hole and on it was a battle between Michigan, Arkansas and CU. The Buffs and the Razorbacks were through their round and Michigan still had a few holes to go and held on to their lead finishing one stroke ahead of CU.

… This is the second year in a row the Buffs have missed the NCAAs by one stroke. Last year the Buffs finished in seventh one stroke behind Virginia.

CU 17 sports all reporting positive APR reports

Press release from CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado Academic Progress Rate (APR) report based on information for the four year period from 2012-13 through 2015-16 was released by the NCAA Wednesday with those of all other Division I schools, with CU once again reporting positive news for all 17 of its intercollegiate athletic programs in that time frame.

For the sixth consecutive year, the APR result, averaged across the sport programs, is the highest in school history since the NCAA’s Academic Performance Program was introduced in 2003.  Here are the significant accomplishments that CU student-athletes recorded in the latest NCAA report:

  • Of CU’s 15 programs (the NCAA combines indoor and outdoor track), 11 have averages that exceeded the multi-year national average for their sport with another equaling it;
  • The women’s basketball team earned the NCAA’s APR Recognition Award for the second straight year, achieving a perfect four-year APR score of 1000 (top 10 percent in its sport); the women’s golf also earned the honor for this report;
  • Six programs increased their annual APR scores, led by the men’s golf team that improved 77 points.  Lacrosse, men’s skiing and women’s track had significant gains of 27, 27 and 26 points, respectively, with the women’s cross country team also improving in double-figures (19 points);
  • Eight teams scored a perfect 1000 in their 2015-16 annual APR, tying the school-best achieved previously in 2010-11; in addition to the women’s basketball and women’s golf teams earning four consecutive perfect annual scores,  men’s golf and men’s skiing along with women’s cross country, women’s lacrosse, women’s skiing and women’s track earned the perfect 1000 scores;
  • Overall, all programs boast an annual score of 955 or higher (12 over 970, including the eight with a perfect score); while all own overall four-year APR scores of 970 or greater with seven at 990 or greater.
  • In the two sports most scrutinized, football and men’s basketball continued to exceed national averages.  Football continued its upward trend, recording another record with a 974 score (topping last year’s 973); it is well above the 962 nationally for the sport.  In Mike MacIntyre‘s seven years as a head coach, his teams at Colorado and San Jose State have exceeded the national average for football in six of those seven years (including all four at CU).  Men’s basketball also inched up a point from last year’s report to 981, and in six of Tad Boyle‘s seven seasons at the helm of the program, CU’s number has been above the national mark (966 this year);
  • In the multi-year score, eight CU programs improved their APR number from last year’s (with two others remaining the same), helping the school to its highest-ever APR average across all teams, a 986, since the inception of the Academic Performance Program.  The men’s golf team recorded the greatest improvement in the multi-year score, raising its previous four-year score 21 points to a 971; the men’s ski team was next, improving 13 points to 987.  Football, which had the largest increase of 11 points last year, improved another two points to 970.
  • Colorado’s composite APR score of 983, one point lower than last year’s record figure; this number takes into account roster sizes across all sports and then determines a true composite APR score from points earned through eligibility/graduation and retention.  This statistic is not provided by the NCAA, but CU utilizes it as one of its academic goals in its strategic plan.

“As I come to the end of my faculty career, it is gratifying to reflect on the academic strides that CU’s student-athletes have made since I was appointed Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) in 2005,” said Dr. David Clough, who is retiring after this semester after 12 years in the role and 43 overall as a professor in CU’s College of Engineering and Applied Science.  “The current APR scores, when taken together with graduation rates and team cumulative grade point averages, provide indisputable evidence of the academic success of our student-athletes.”

Clough has served as a member of the NCAA Committee on Academics since its inception, which has responsibility for oversight of the Association’s Academic Performance Program and Academic Progress Rate measure.

As previously mentioned, the NCAA doesn’t compute APR results for all sports combined at every institution, but Colorado’s overall APR picture has been outstanding.   The team annual APR averages for all CU student-athletes have improved from 943 for the 2006-07 report to the current 986.  CU tracks the composite APR as a measuring stick for a declared a goal reaching and maintaining at least a 980 in the school’s current strategic plan.  That number was 986 for 2014-15 and is 984 for 2015-16, both exceeding the standard.

“These results are because of the efforts of many, first and foremost our student-athletes who have done a tremendous job,” athletic director Rick George said.  “The coaches are at the forefront in creating the right kind of culture for them to engage, plus the support and dedication provided by Kris Livingston (director of the Herbst Academic Center) and her staff is second-to-none.  They do a wonderful job year-round in providing leadership and counseling to play a large role in the student-athletes’ success.”

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Pac-12 football composite scores (as tweeted by Jon Wilner):

Stanford – 985
Washington – 984
Utah – 983
California – 978
Oregon – 974
Arizona State – 971
UCLA – 971
Colorado – 968
USC – 968
Washington State – 964
Oregon State – 956
Arizona – 955

Sixteen CU Lacrosse seniors want to go out on top

From CUBuffs.com … Four years ago, a group of college freshmen took a chance on a women’s lacrosse program that consisted of little more than a vision.

No permanent field, no locker rooms, no history. It was a startup in every sense of the word, a program that would be built from scratch by a coach in her inaugural season as the head of a program.

But those soon-to-be Colorado Buffaloes freshmen bought what head coach Ann Elliott was selling. And now, four years later, those players are the backbone of a team that will make its NCAA Tournament debut Friday in Philadelphia when the Buffs square off with Massachusetts in a 5 p.m. (MDT) game on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

“I think it’s something we’re incredibly proud of,” senior goalkeeper Paige Soenksen said Tuesday. “Coming in when there was no Colorado lacrosse program — just a vision — and four years later actually being able to compete in the NCAA Tournament is something we all take great pride in. We have this sense of ownership of the program and what we’ve been able to do.”

It’s not as if Soenksen and her classmates — there are 16 seniors on this year’s team — didn’t have other opportunities. All were accomplished high school players who could have gone to more established programs.

But when they heard Elliott’s pitch, they knew CU was the place they wanted to be.

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May 9th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women move up to ninth after two rounds at NCAA regionals (six teams advance)

From CUBuffs.com … Freshman Kirsty Hodgkins and Senior Esther Lee rebounded from tough Monday performances to help the University of Colorado women’s golf team move up one spot to ninth after two rounds of the Columbus Regional here Tuesday afternoon at the Scarlet Golf Course.

The No. 20th ranked Buffaloes shot an 11-over 299 on the day, 14 strokes better than Monday’s first round. That score is the sixth best round of the day as all 18 teams in the field shot over par for the second-straight day on the par 72, 6,416 yard course.

“Overall team played better today,” head coach Anne Kelly said. “Kirsty really came through with a very good round today. Brittany had a good day too despite a tough last hole. We have our work cut out for us tomorrow, but I feel confident this team can take on the challenge.”

… The NCAA Columbus Regional concludes Wednesday with the third and final round. The top six teams and three individuals who are not members of those squads will advance to the NCAA Championships, May 19-24 in Sugar Grove, Illinois. Live scoring is available at GolfStat.com.

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May 8th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU women’s golf team in 10th place at NCAA regionals

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado women’s golf team is in 10th place after shooting 25-over par 313 in the opening round of the NCAA Columbus Regional here Monday afternoon.

The 20th-ranked Buffaloes fought against considerable wind conditions to stay in the top 10 after a slow start. Colorado started the morning on the No. 1 tee, struggled with some big numbers on the front nine. A steady wind and frost delay made the par 72 course play even longer than its already tough distance of 6,416 yards.

“Rough day for our team. Tough conditions,” head coach Anne Kelly said “We didn’t have our best stuff today, but the good news was Robyn [Choi] really finished strong.  Brittany also played the back nine well. Although we didn’t play well we still have a chance. We just have to play hard the next few days.”

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1 Florida 297
2 Florida State 299
T3 Purdue 302
T3 Ohio State 302
5 Texas A&M 308
T6 Arkansas 309
T6 South Carolina 309
8 San Jose State 310
9 Michigan 312
10 COLORADO 313
T11 Louisville 314
T11 Wisconsin 314
13 Delaware 320
14 Houston 323
15 Missouri State 324
16 Kentucky 326
17 Old Dominion 327
18 Cleveland State 340

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May 7th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU Lacrosse earns first-ever bid to NCAA tournament

Link to full tournament bracket

From CUBuffs.com … For the first time in the program’s short history, the Colorado Buffaloes have been selected to compete in the NCAA Tournament as they will face Massachusetts in the first round on Friday, May 12, in Philadelphia, Pa.

Penn is the No. 7 seed in the tournament and will face Navy in the first round. The winners of the two first round games will face off in the semifinals on Sunday, May 14.

The Buffs, who are ranked ninth in the Nike/U.S. Lacrosse Magazine poll and are 10th in the IWLCA Coaches and Cascade/Inside Lacrosse media poll, finished the regular season with a 16-3 record and were a perfect 8-0 at home. UMass won the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament, finishing the regular season with a 16-3 record. One of those three losses came against CU (11-7) early in the season.

The tournament invite is one of many milestones for the Buffs in their fourth year as a varsity program. They opened the season with a thrilling overtime win against then-No. 9 Northwestern for their first win over a ranked opponent and defeated three other ranked teams, including then-No. 6 Penn State on the road. The Buffs also started the season with 11 straight wins and were one of the last two unbeaten teams in the nation (Maryland is still undefeated at 19-0).

The field consists of 26 teams. The first and second rounds will be played May 12 and 14. Quarterfinals are set for either May 20 or 21 at campus sites and the final four will be played May 26-28 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

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May 6th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

Ceal Barry on CU gender equity issues: We’re not as glaring in our weaknesses”

From the Daily Camera … Before he actually began his tenure as Colorado athletic director in July 2013, Rick George knew that CU’s female athletes needed more.

Many of the female athletes didn’t have a locker room to call their own, and they were often leaving workouts to wash their faces in a bathroom sink and change clothes in a handicap stall just to freshen up for class.

“When we saw that, we made a change right away,” George said. “They didn’t have a place to shower, and neither did our male athletes other than football in Dal Ward at the time. That became a priority for us. We wanted to make sure all of our athletes had quality facilities that allowed them to be successful.”

The football team will always have top of the line facilities — football is, after all, the main money-maker for the athletic department — but in the past few years, CU has put a top priority on gender equity and now features top-notch facilities for all of its athletes.

CU’s recent facility upgrades, including the Champions Center and indoor football field, were completed with football at the forefront, but also with an emphasis on making sure all athletes, especially females, received equal treatment.

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May 5th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse likely in NCAA tournament … but will the Buffs play at home?

From CUBuffs.com … “Waiting” does not mean “sitting around and doing nothing.”

Not, at least, in the world of the Colorado women’s lacrosse team. While the Buffs are indeed waiting for Sunday night’s NCAA Tournament bracket announcement, they have spent the week practicing daily, preparing for their first-ever NCAA appearance.

Technically, the Buffs do not have a guaranteed spot in the tournament. The one Mountain Pacific automatic berth belongs to MPSF regular season and conference tournament champ USC.

But Colorado is without a doubt the next-best thing to a guarantee. The Buffs sport a 16-3 record, own four wins over top-20 foes, are ranked ninth in one national poll and 10th in two others, and currently boast a No. 9 RPI — three spots ahead of USC.

“I think we feel pretty strongly about our resume´,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said earlier this week.  “Twenty-six teams make it and we think we’ll be one of those 26 teams.

“Now, in terms of where we’re going and who we’re playing, we have no idea. I think there’s a chance we could be at home, but I think there’s a larger chance we’re on the road. But that’s kind of the exciting part, I think. Sunday night will be exciting for us to learn where we go next and what our next challenge is.”

The bracket will be announced at 7 p.m. Sunday on NCAA.com, with the first rounds scheduled for May 12 and 14. Thirteen conference champions will earn automatic berths; the 13 at-large berths will be selected by the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee, which will also determine seeding and sites. The first two rounds of the tournament will be held on campus sites.

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May 4th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU men’s golf team a No. 6 seed in NCAA regionals even without No. 1 golfer

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado men’s golf team was invited to the NCAA Championships for the fifth straight season Thursday, as the Buffaloes will participate in the Central/Purdue Regional which begins Monday, May 15, in West Lafayette, Ind.

Colorado, ranked No. 32 in the nation (GolfStat; No. 26 Golfweek) is the No. 6 seed in the field, its highest since the regionals went to six sites in 2009, when the Buffaloes were a No. 7 seed.  The five straight years is the second-most in CU history, trailing only a seven year span (1989-95).

“We are very excited to be headed to Indiana for the NCAA Regional at Purdue,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.   “I’ve coached in the NCAA Finals there in 2008 and the NCAA Regional in 2004 and it is a great spot for us, just a spectacular course.  It is long and tough and will be a tremendous test for the field.  We are a good fit for the Kampen Course.”

Edwards has coached in Indiana in the postseason more than any other location: as an assistant with Kansas, he was with the Jayhawks for the 2004 regional at Purdue and the 2005 event at Notre Dame; he escorted CU’s Derek Tolan to Purdue in 2008 when he advanced to the finals as an individual; and he took the Buffaloes to Noblesville two year ago, where CU led after the first round but eventually finished sixth and missed advancing by one spot.

Florida, ranked fifth nationally, is the top seed in the Purdue regional, followed by No. 8 Illinois, No. 17 UNLV, No. 20 Auburn, No. 28 South Carolina, No. 32 Colorado, No. 38 and host Purdue, No. 44 New Mexico, No.52 Augusta, St. Mary’s, Campbell, Richmond and Cleveland State.   The 13-team field will compete at the Kampen Course at the Birck/Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, a 7,411-yard, par-72 links-style layout that presents a challenge for golfers with large-bent grass greens, vast sand bunkers, native grasslands, ponds and a natural celery bog.  Kampen has been rated one of the top collegiate courses in the nation and is ranked as one of the most difficult golf courses in Indiana.

The Buffs have lined up this year against teams in the Purdue regional 12 times, going 6-4-2 (including a 20-15-1 mark in individual rounds).  CU has lined up against Auburn (2-0), Campbell (1-0), New Mexico (1-1-1), St. Mary’s (1-1), Augusta (0-0-1) and UNLV (1-2).

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May 3rd

Sophomore Miranda Stinson named National Player of the Week … for the second time

From CUBuffs.com … For the second time this season, sophomore midfielder Miranda Stinson has been voted the Alpha Lacrosse National Player of the Week.

Stinson, a Manakin Sabot, Va., native, helped lead Colorado to its first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament final with a 14-13 win over Stanford in the semis. In the win, Stinson tied a career-high and CU single-game record with five goals.

Her first goal tied the game up at 6-6 with eight seconds left in the first half. Stanford took at 9-7 advantage in the second half and Stinson tallied another marker to bring the Buffs within one. The Cardinal had another one-goal lead before the Buffs scored four straight goals, including three by Stinson. She found the back of the net at 7:45, evening the score at 11-11. She earned her fourth goal of the game a little over two minutes later, giving the Buffs a 12-11 advantage. Teammate Johnna Fusco tallied her third of the game at 3:04 and Stinson notched her fifth goal with just under two minutes left in the game, putting CU up 14-11. That goal ended up being the game-winner as Stanford was able to score two quick goals before time expired.

Stinson recorded 44 percent of the vote, while UNC’s Molly Hendrick was second with 36 percent. Hendrick recorded seven goals and two assists against Syracuse.

Colorado, which is ninth in one poll and 10th in two others, is on the verge of making its first NCAA Tournament; the field will be announced on Sunday, May 7, at 7 p.m. MDT on NCAA.com. The field consists of 26 teams. The first and second rounds will be played May 12 and 14.

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CU Honors its Best at 17th annual CUSPY’s 

Press release from CUBuffs.com … Several major awards were presented here Tuesday night as the University of Colorado honored its best at the 17th annual CU Sports Performers of the Year (CUSPY) Awards.

Over 400 student-athletes, coaches, staff and C-Club board members attended the year-end banquet at the Coors Events Center, organized by CU’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to honor athletic accomplishments for the 2016-17 athletic year.

The Female Athlete of the Year Award as always had a strong field of candidates, with nine solid nominations that the selection committee whittled down to five finalists.  The end result was that for the third straight year and the fourth time in the last five, the honor was shared.  This time around, a pair of two-time NCAA champions were recognized, junior Petra Hyncicova (skiing) and sophomore Dani Jones (cross country & track).

Hyncicova claimed both the classical and freestyle individual titles at the NCAA Championships in New Hampshire, winning five out of eight races overall on the season.  A two-time, first-team All-American, she became the 15th woman to sweep the cross country races at the NCAA’s (35 events), and the fourth CU skier to pull off the double.  She was named both the USCSCA and RMISA Women’s Nordic Skier of the Year and competed at the U-23 World Cross Country Championships for her native Czech Republic.

Jones was a member of Colorado’s distance medley relay (DMR) team that won the NCAA indoor championship, and then came back the next day to win the 3,000-meter run, and thus became the first CU women’s track athlete to win two titles at the same national meet.  Her time in the 3K was 9:02.22, the second-best in CU history and led the Buffaloes to a seventh-place finish, second-highest in their history.  She was also 22nd in the NCAA cross country championship last November, earning All-American honors and helping CU to a third place finish.

Kennedy Leonard (basketball), Darby Kiernan (lacrosse) and Danica Evans(soccer) were the other finalists.

Senior Derrick White was named CU’s Male Athlete of the Year, as he earned first-team All-Pac 12 honors, as well as All-Pac-12 Defensive and All-Pac-12 Tournament team honors.  A second-team NABC All-District performer, he led the Buffs in scoring, averaging 18.1 points per game, as well as in assist with 134 (or 4.1 per contest).  One of just two players in the conference to finish in the top 10 in scoring, assists and blocked shots (had 49 of the latter).  He was the ninth player in school history to have at least four 30-point games in a season, the first since Chauncey Billups in 1996-97.

The other finalists were David Ketterer (skiing), Phillip Lindsay (football) and Ben Saarel (cross country & track).

For the second straight year, both career achievement honors were shared as well.  The Female Career Athletic Achievement Award was awarded to golfer Esther Lee and to lacrosse’s Paige Soenksen.

Lee earned All-American and All-Pac-12 honors as both a sophomore and junior, and is contending again this spring; she was twice selected as CU’s Female Athlete of the Year.  Colorado’s all-time stroke average leader (72.53), she matched the NCAA single round record of 61 at New Mexico’s Dick McGuire Invitational last September (the 11-under par effort was the NCAA-best in relation to par).  She owns two dozen school records, including wins (three) and the low nine-hole score of 29 she recorded on the back side when she had the 61 in New Mexico.

Soenksen was an original member of CU’s fledgling women’s lacrosse team which competed for the first time in 2014.  Emerging as one of the nation’s top goalies, she has played in 73 of a possible 74 games for the Buffaloes, recording a 50-23 record.  One of just a handful of goalies that has more saves (131) than goals allowed (119), she is one of 25 nominees for the coveted Tewaaraton Award, which is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse honor recognizing the top male and female college lacrosse players in the United States.

The other three finalists were Erin Clark (cross country & track), Nuria Ormeno Ruiz(tennis) and Cierra Simpson (volleyball).

The winners of the Male Career Athletic Achievement Award were Sefo Liufau(football) and Mads Stroem (skiing).

Liufau is the owner of 99 school records: 64 passing, 24 total offense and 11 others; 84 are outright and the others shared.  Included among the top career marks he owns are total offensive yards (10,509), passing yards (9,568) and 300-yard passing games (10) in addition to numerous single-season and game records.  He was just the second CU player to serve as a team captain for three seasons (doing so in 2014, ’15 and ’16), the first since 1893. He was named the 2016 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame (he is of Samoan ancestry).  Including the Alamo Bowl, he played in 42 career games with 40 starts, the most starts ever by a CU quarterback (leading CU to a 16-24 record).

Stroem was a three-time NCAA individual champion and an eight-time All-American (seven first-team honors).  He won 14 races during his CU career, the fourth-most in school history (second-most by a male), and recorded 28 podium (top three) finishes in 39 career races.  He was the USCSCA and Faster Skier National Skier of the Year as a junior in 2016.  His two top four finishes at the NCAA’s as a sophomore helped the Buffaloes to the 2015 national championship.

Liufau and Stroem emerged from a talented pool that produced two other finalists, Wesley Gordon (basketball) and Ben Saarel (football).

The Male Freshman Athlete of the Year Award was captured by Nordic skier David Ketterer, who enjoyed one of the best individual seasons in school history.  He captured both the giant slalom and slalom individual crowns at the NCAA Championships, just the fifth skier to ever do so in the 64 year history of the event.  He was the first CU alpine skier and the third Buff overall to win their first two NCAA races.  Overall, he recorded seven wins, tying CU’s alpine record for a season, and finished in the top five in 12 of 13 races he skied in (and was sixth in the other).  He was named both the USCSCA and RMISA Men’s Alpine Skier of the Year.

Other nominations included Lucas Siewert (basketball), Tim Lynott, Jr. (football) and Victor Bjorlow (golf).

Taylor Kornieck of the soccer team won the Female Freshman Athlete of the Year Award, as she also had an amazing rookie season in the collegiate ranks.  A Freshman All-American and the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Year, she also earned first-team All-Region and All-Pac-12 honors.  In leading the team to a 15-6-1 overall record and an 8-2-1 mark in the Pac-12 and a second place finish, she scored 11 goals with four assists for 26 points, third most in school history.  She had six game winning goals on the year and was the national player of the week for the period ending October 4.

Kornieck had solid competition for the honor from Sage Hurta (cross country and track), Jen Mistretta (lacrosse), Kirsty Hodgkins (golf), Anne Siri Lervik (skiing) and Chloe Hule (tennis).

The selection committee does leave open the possibility that all of the above awards could be augmented once the spring sport seasons are complete in fairness to those sports (golf, lacrosse, outdoor track) that still have important portions of their seasons and/or NCAA events still ahead of them.   Tennis has completed its season, men’s and women’s golf and lacrosse are in their postseasons, with outdoor track just over half done with its year.

SAAC members selected several award winners, including the CU Sports “Moment of the Year.”  The winning moment came when thousands of fans rushed the field following CU’s 27-22 win over Utah that clinched the Pac-12 South Division title for the Buffaloes.  The win gave Colorado an 8-1 record in lead play and the outright division crown, as the Buffs recorded the largest turnaround from one year to the next in league play in Pac-12 history.   That moment edged out the men’s cross country team’s winning the Pac-12 Championship for the sixth straight year and golfer Esther Lee’s NCAA record round of 61 in the first round of the New Mexico Invitational last Sept. 12 (she tied the record for gross score but the 11-under par effort set the actual record).

CU’s Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) to the Pac-12 Conference, Dr. David Clough, was recognized as the staff member of the year.  Clough is retiring after 12 years in the role as well as a professor in CU’s School of Engineering; he has 49 years of service to the university overall.  He has diligently supported the student-athletes in the classroom and in their competitions, attending most home events and traveling to several road games and tournaments.  He understands the difficulty the students have to balance everything in their lives.

The Student Athlete Support Award was given to the Performance Nutrition staff.  One of the department’s newest areas in the second year under the direction of Laura Anderson, her staff is responsible for the daily nutritional needs of over 350 student-athletes.  This includes coordinating and planning out nutrition stations and dietary needs.

The SAAC Distinguished Service Award, presented to senior members who contributed significantly to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was awarded to 11 seniors: Zoe Beard-Fails (basketball), Katie Hostetler (skiing), Emily Knapp (lacrosse), Jesse Knori (skiing), Mikaela Kraus (soccer), Esther Lee (golf), Lucy Newman (skiing), Max Scrimgeour (skiing), Cierra Simpson (volleyball), Haley Smith (basketball) and Jaron Thomas (track).

The Spencer Nelson Buffalo Spirit Award, formerly the Athlete’s Choice Award and renamed for the CU skier who died in a tragic hiking accident in August 2010, was presented to Thomas.  He has worked extensively to represent all of the student athletes and his courage to make the entire department a better place for everyone in it.  He has incredible “buffalo” spirit, supporting athletes from all teams in addition to his teammates all while embracing his true self and inspiring everyone to do the same.

The Sports Performance Awards for strength and conditioning accomplishments were presented to Joshua Repine (basketball) and Naghede Abu (volleyball).

Originally created in 2001, the annual event remains one of the most popular among the athletes, as they have tailored the function to be the final social gathering solely amongst themselves for the last time before finals and summer vacation, if not for a longer period of time for those graduating.  It is believed to be one of the only events in the country almost entirely organized by the student-athletes, and certainly was among, if not, the first.

Note: The highest award a graduating senior can receive from the Pac-12 Conference is the Tom Hansen Medal, named for the league’s longtime commissioner, and is based on the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.  Each school selects a male and female recipient, and these will be awarded later this month.

CU’s SAAC would like to recognize and sincerely thank the food and beverage sponsors for the 17th Annual CUSPY’s; all items were donated:

Bender’s Bar & Grill
Bhakti Chai
Blackjack Pizza
California Pizza Kitchen
Chick-fil-A
Event Rents
Fate Brewing Company
Half Fast Subs
Hapa Sushi
K-M Concessions
Pasta Jay’s
Pepsi
Safeway
West End Tavern
Zoe’s Kitchen

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May 1st

CU Lacrosse remains in the top ten in all three national polls

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado advanced to its first conference championship game last week, but fell to then-No. 7 Southern California. However, the Buffs have stayed in the top-10 in all three national lacrosse polls.

CU (16-3) is ranked ninth in the Nike/U.S. Lacrosse Magazine poll and is 10th in the IWLCA Coaches and Cascade/Inside Lacrosse Magazine polls.

Colorado is on the verge on making its first NCAA Tournament berth; the field will be announced on Sunday, May 7, at 7 p.m. MDT on NCAA.com. The field consists of 26 teams. The first and second rounds will be played May 12 and 14.

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April 30th 

No. 9 CU Lacrosse falls to home-standing No. 6 USC in MPSF finals

From CUBuffs.com … No. 9/8 Colorado (16-3) mounted a furious second-half comeback, but fell 16-11 at No. 7/6 Southern California (16-3) a in the championship game of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament on Sunday afternoon here at USC.

USC scored five consecutive goals to mount a 13-5 lead with 20:59 remaining in the game. CU then scored the next four goals to get within 13-9 with 8:25 left, but USC responded with two more scores to pull back up by six.

Johnna Fusco, who had a game-high 10 shot attempts, led CU with four goals and Miranda Stinson added three. Carly Cox contributed two goals and one assist. Paige Soenksen stopped five shots in goal for the Buffs.

Michaela Michael and Gabby McMahon each scored four goals for USC.

Colorado outshot USC 28-23 in the game, but Women of Troy goalie Gussie Johns made 13 saves to preserve the win.

“I thought we got outplayed in some instances,” said head coach Ann Elliott. “You’re in a championship game and you have to make plays to win. Defensively I think we struggled in the first half in just playing our game and being confident. That set us back. Offensively I think we did a better job. We did a much better job from the first time against USC but it wasn’t enough today and we need to get back.”

Both teams will find out their NCAA postseason fate on Monday, May 8.

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April 28th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

No. 9 CU Lacrosse takes out nemesis Stanford in MPSF semi-finals

From CUBuffs.com …  After losing three straight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation semifinal games to Stanford, the Colorado Buffaloes flipped the script and defeated the Cardinal 14-13 to advance to their first championship game, which will be against No. 6 Southern California on Sunday.

The Buffs, who are ranked eighth in the media poll and are ninth in the other two polls, improved to 16-2 on the season and were led by sophomore Miranda Stinson‘s five goals. This is the second time this season Stinson has put up five goals, which is also tied for the CU single-game record.

WHAT HAPPENED: The back-and-forth game started with a goal by senior attacker Johnna Fusco at 26:12. Stanford responded less than a minute later with its first tally of the day. CU retook the lead off a goal by senior Cali Castagnola at 23:59.

The Cardinal evened the score at 17:25 and took its first lead of the game at 12:52 (3-2). The Buffs answered with a pair of goals from senior Katie Macleay. She recorded the first at 12:01 and a man-down goal at 9:53, once again giving CU an advantage (4-3).

The scoring continued in the half as SU recorded two straight goals before the Buffs tied the game at 3:07 with a goal from Carly Cox. The Cardinal had a 6-5 lead with 2:35 left in the half, but a goal from Stinson with eight seconds left tied the game at 6-6.

Darby Kiernan started the second half for the Buffs with a goal at 27:05 before Stanford tallied two straight markers to take a two-goal lead at 19:30. Stinson recorded her second goal of the game at 16:37 to cut the Cardinal’s advantage to one goal (9-8).

Two goals, one by each team, were scored within a minute of each other. SU recorded its marker at 14:45 and Fusco scored a goal at 14:31 off the draw (10-9). The Buffs tied it up again at 13:06 with Macleay’s third goal of the day.

The Cardinal recorded its 11th goal of the game four minutes later, but CU responded with a 4-0 run to go up 14-11 with 1:50 left to play. Stanford did not let up, scoring the final two markers of the game at 1:20 and 1:11.

UP NEXT: Colorado will face No. 6 Southern California in the finals on Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. MT/ 1 p.m. PT.

CU triathlon team wins national championship for the eighth straight season

From colorado.edu … The University of Colorado Boulder triathlon team won big at nationals! For the eighth year in a row, CU Boulder took the overall team title at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships on Saturday, April 22, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

In addition to the team’s eight consecutive wins, they have finished in the top three spots for the last 15 years.

In Tuscaloosa, the Buffs also took home the Women’s Team Champion title after securing an impressive 2,202 points. Although they have reached the podium every year since 2003, their recent win is the first since 2012.

The men’s team also saw success, finishing second to the U.S. Naval Academy by a narrow margin of 13 points. Colorado edged out the Navy by just nine points for the overall title.

See the USA Triathlon coverage for full scores and standings.

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April 27th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

No. 9 CU Lacrosse taking on Stanford in MPSF semi-finals

Related … “Familiar hurdle awaits CU women’s lacrosse in MPSF semifinals” … from the Daily Camera

From CUBuffs.com … For the fourth straight year, No. 8 Colorado (15-2) will face Stanford in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Lacrosse Tournament semifinals.

Although this is the fourth consecutive meeting for CU and Stanford in the semifinals, there is one big difference. The Buffs earned a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed and will be well rested for the game on Friday, which is set for a 4 p.m. PT/5 p.m. MT start at McAlister Field on the campus of Southern California.

The Cardinal (12-5) advanced to the semifinals after defeating California 19-4 in the quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon. Stanford entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed, while the Bears (5-13) were No. 6.  Elizabeth Cusick led the Cardinal with six goals in the win, while Areta Buness had five goals.

The MPSF Tournament runs April 27-30. For more information, check out USCTrojans.com/MPSFLax.

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April 27th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU women’s golfers head off to NCAA regionals as a No. 5 seed

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado women’s golf team was invited to the NCAA Championships for the fourth straight year here Thursday as the Buffaloes will compete in the Columbus Regional, May 8-10 in Columbus, Ohio.

The Buffaloes, ranked No. 20 in the country in the latest Golfstat poll (No. 21 Golfweek), earned a No. 5 seed in the 72-team field and will look to advance to the NCAA Championships finals for the first time since 2012. After finishing second in a very competitive Pac-12 Championships the Buffs are prepared for their next challenge: NCAA regionals hosted by Ohio State.

“If you told me at the beginning of the year that our girls would finish second in the Pac-12, I would take it,” head coach Anne Kelly said smiling. “I am so proud of the team, this spring they have been just steadily improving and working really hard and I am so proud of them. And now to get to take them to Columbus is exciting!”

The Buffaloes’ postseason invitation marks the seventh straight year CU has sent either a team or individual to a regional and the seventh time in program history a team has qualified.

“In my career I have [played this course], I actually played there and my team finished second in the NCAA,” Kelly said. “In my first year coaching I also took a golfer there so I am familiar with the course. It’s a big long golf course and it is more of the grass we are used to. So I am excited! Let’s go to Columbus.”

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Lacrosse coach Ann Elliot named MPSF Coach-of-the-Year; Four Buffs first team all-conference

From CUBuffs.com … After guiding the Colorado lacrosse team to a 15-2 record in the regular season, and a 7-1 mark in league play, head coach Ann Elliott has been named the 2017 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year.

Colorado has a single-season program record 15 wins entering the postseason, four of which have come against ranked opponents. The team turned in its best MPSF season in their four years in the conference at 7-1, and placed a conference-high of eight players on the All-MPSF teams. Colorado has allowed an NCAA second-best 7.05 goals per contest this year, while scoring a 12th-ranked 15.12 per game. On March 27, while the squad was off to a program-best 11-0 start (and record 11-game win streak), Colorado climbed to No. 4 in the nation in all three major polls as one of two unbeaten NCAA DI teams at the time. Elliott earned her 50th career win following the regular season finale at California on April 23.

Colorado had four athletes earn a spot on the All-MPSF First Team: junior Darby Kiernan(attacker), sophomore Miranda Stinson (midfielder), junior Sarah Brown (defender) and senior Paige Soenksen (goalkeeper).

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17 Responses to “CU Olympic Sports”

  1. ep

    Amazing that the CU women distance runners just keep on coming and have surpassed the school owned by the maker of track shoes

  2. Bob Kroese

    University of Colorado Boulder
    Boulder, co

    Recent updates
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  3. Bob Kroese

    Road National Champion CU Cycling Team! This is awesome group of Buffs finished #collnats with a substantial lead over the nearest competitor. Well done, Buffs!
    https://www.linkedin.com/search/results/content/?keywords=%23collnats&origin=HASH_TAG_FROM_FEED

  4. Bob Kroese

    CU Boulder Cycling team takes the overall National Championship win with 492 points to 347 and 313

    CU Cycling is the 2017 ROAD NATIONAL CHAMPION and NATIONAL TIME TRIAL CHAMPS!

    https://www.facebook.com/CU-Cycling-Team-110480138968864/

    http://www.colorado.edu/sportsclub/cycling/

  5. Bob Kroese

    CU NATIONAL TIME TRIAL CHAMPS!
    The men had an exceptional race today, winning by over 30 seconds to 2nd place CSU and putting in the fastest time of the day!
    The women also had a fantastic race, flying into 3rd place!
    https://www.facebook.com/CU-Cycling-Team-110480138968864/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf

  6. Bob Kroese

    CU CHAMPIONSHIPS

    CU triathlon team wins eighth consecutive national title
    Published: April 28, 2017

    http://www.colorado.edu/today/2017/04/28/cu-triathlon-team-wins-eighth-consecutive-national-title

  7. Victor King

    Welp, coaches sure do make the difference eh? Lacrosse, Wbb, Mbb, Track, Football, yup right yup.

    WBB on a nice roll. This game against Iowa is critical. Very Critical for the future and the past.

    Can WSU beat UC Davis? They are pretty good and beat CSU.
    I would like WSU to win. And of course the Buffs to kick butt as well. Because I wanna see the rematch (WSU-CU) WSU 2, CU 1 Really really want to see that.

    Okay tonight is the night where the WBB takes a step to the future. Elite 8 Womens NIT? Man errrrrrrrrrrr woman, Buffalo Up

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  8. VK

    Womens Lacrosse team is on fire. 4 years and rocking. Very impressive

    Womens basketball. What a great overtime win. Wow. (Tad take a memo)

    And don’t forget the track team. Some outstanding individual and team performances. Scary really.

    Golf teams too.

    Soccer just starting. Time to pick it up.

    Dang it these sports are pretty dang neat.

    Buffs.

    Note: IN the WNIT. 16 teams left. Of the 8 sites for the sweet sixteen, 4 are big ten schools.

    Go Big Buffs Womens Basketball………..Bring the “Payne” to the birdbrains.


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  9. WarBuff

    Hey Stuart,

    Just ran across this about Jenny Simpson, really great story http://www.flotrack.org/.

    Don’t know if you wish to feature it, but thought you would be interested

  10. WarBuff

    Need a t-shirt “HOLY CRAP……COLORADO!!!!”

    I’d buy several

  11. WarBuff

    Can’t say enough about the Lady Buff Lacrosse team. They are making noise after a short startup time period, and its looking like the trend will continue.

    It would be nice to see more support for them. They deserve it.

  12. Victor King IV

    Whatever that cup is that the Buffs were ranked in the top 10 (used to be the Sears cup I think) is gonna be heavily influenced by the Ski team and the Lacrosse team. Pretty neat. Course the Buffs don’t be having swimming, wrestling,baseball, gymnastics, beach volley ball, water polo, mens lacross, etc etc, so them other schools gonna be moving on up.

    Regardless, Rick George as the leader of this group has done a marvelous job don’t ya know.

    Buff up and go big Mighty Buff women’s teams.

  13. Adam

    An incredible autumn for the Buffs in every sport. I must confess that I had no idea how loaded the Pac-12 was in women’s soccer until I realized that just about every game that Coach Sanchez’s gang plays in conference is against an opponent that is nationally-ranked. Kudos to the Lady Buffs for being that good against that consistently tough level of competition.

    Food for thought: Coach Wetmore’s men’s cross-country team remains the ONLY champion that the Pac-12 has ever crowned. As constituted, the Pac-12 has existed for six years and the Buffs have captured all six conference titles. Six for six. Extraordinary.

  14. Bufftrax

    Okay, Lady Buffs soccer wins another against a top 10 team. Taylor Kornieck is a (What do you call a female who is the equivalent of a stud football player ?) Well that is what she is. I hope she wouldn’t be offended because I mean that in the nicest way.

    I would love to see the girls play. I think Coach Sanchez is doing a brilliant job… especially in recruiting.

    Go Lady Buffs.

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