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April 23rd

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU Lacrosse finishes off record-setting regular season with an 18-6 rout of Cal

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Colorado finished the regular season with a 15-2 overall record – and 7-1 in MPSF play – after an 18-6 romp over Cal on Sunday.

The Bears stayed with the Buffs at the outset, with the score tied at 2-2 seven minutes in. The Buffs, however, went on a 9-1 run the remainder of the first half, taking an 11-3 lead into the break.

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April 21st 

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

No. 9 CU Lacrosse routs St.Mary’s, 24-5

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From CUBuffs.com … Ninth-ranked Colorado flexed its muscle against conference foe St. Mary’s on Friday night, netting a 24-5 win to break the Buffaloes single-game goals record, which had been 23.

The win is the 14th of the season for Colorado, which is now the school record for wins in a season. CU improved to 14-2 overall and 6-1 in MPSF play. SMC is now 1-12 (0-7 MPSF).

Colorado received goals from 13 different players, including four from junior Darby Kiernan. Kiernan also tallied a game-best seven points with three assists.

WHAT HAPPENED: CU did not waste time as Katie Macleay found the back of the net less than a minute into the game (29:29). Carly Cox scored back-to-back goals (28:36, 27:24) before Kiernan notched her first marker of the day at 27:10.

The Buffs offensive did not slow down. Miranda Stinson tallied a goal at 23:13 and a short time later (21:54), Kiernan netted her second of the day, forcing the Gaels to take a timeout. The break did not slow CU down as Kiernan came back with her second straight goal, her third of the day, at 20:30.

The goals just kept coming for CU. Before the first 10 minutes of play were over, Johnna Fusco added a goal to give the Buffs a commanding 8-0 advantage. Blair Sisk recorded her first of the game just after at 18:12.

UP NEXT: Colorado finishes the regular season on Sunday, April 23, with a tilt against California. That game will start at 2 p.m. and will be televised live on Pac-12 Mountain/Bay Area.

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April 20th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

No. 9 CU Lacrosse taking on St. Mary’s and Cal to close out regular season

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado will finish the regular season on the road this weekend with a pair of contests in Northern California. The Buffs will start things off on Friday, April 21, in Moraga, Calif. against St. Mary’s. Opening draw is set for 6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT. On Sunday, April 23, Colorado will face off against California. That contest is scheduled for a 2 p.m. MT/1 p.m. PT start.

HOW TO WATCH THE GAME AGAINST ST. MARY’S: Friday’s game will not be streamed. Live stats will be available at CUBuffs.com/lacrosse on the schedule page.

HOW TO WATCH THE GAME AGAINST CALIFORNIA: Sunday’s game will be televised live on Pac-12 Mountain/Bay Area. Live stats will be available at CUBuffs.com/Lacrosse on the schedule page.

ABOUT THE BUFFS: Colorado is 13-2 overall and owns a 5-1 record in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. CU started the season with a school record 11 straight wins and is currently ranked ninth in all three polls.

Darby Kiernan leads CU with 57 points (40 goals and 17 assists). She leads the league and ranks seventh nationally in draw controls per game (6.47) and is second in the MPSF, 13th in the NCAA, in free-position goals per game (1.00). Johnna Fusco is second on the team with 45 points (38 goals and seven assists). Fusco is the MPSF leader in free-position goals per game (1.15), which is sixth in the NCAA. Fusco is also sixth in the MPSF in goals per game (2.85), while Kiernan is seventh with 2.67.

ABOUT THE GAELS: St. Mary’s is 1-11 overall and has a 0-6 mark in MPSF play. The Gaels’ win was a 16-11 decision at Butler on Feb. 26.

THE SERIES: Colorado leads the series 3-0. St. Mary’s is averaging 3.33 goals per game against CU, while the Buffs are averaging 21.00 in the series.

ABOUT THE BEARS: Cal is 4-11 this season, 2-4 in the MPSF. The Bears are 2-1 in the last three games, picking up wins against St. Mary’s (20-10) and a 15-12 decision against UC Davis. They just suffered a 12-15 loss to Stanford on April 17.

THE SERIES: Cal leads the all-time series 2-1. The Bears took the first two meetings (7-6 and 12-10) before the Buffs won their first game in the series last April, 16-4. CU is 0-1 in Berkeley, Calif.

UP NEXT: The Buffs will compete in their fourth straight MPSF Tournament, which will run April 27-30, in Los Angeles.

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April 19th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s Lacrosse team earns cover of Inside Lacrosse magazine

Moving Mountains: Colorado’s breakthrough year comes down to two words: ‘Earn it.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the article … In the season opener, Colorado made headlines with an 11-10 overtime win against Northwestern. The Buffs further cemented their spot as 2017’s breakthrough team by plowing through March undefeated, winning their first 10 games and rising from unranked to No. 4 in the country.

It’s easy to draw a comparison to USC, which, coincidentally in its fourth season of play last year, made a similar rise to national prominence. The Trojans captured the MPSF crown and missed out on a trip to Championship Weekend by one goal.

But this new Western power isn’t looking at anyone else’s success as a barometer of its own.

… The Buffaloes lead the nation in scoring defense and scoring margin, surrendering just 6.8 goals per game to their opponents. The Buffs ranked second in scoring offense, fourth in points per game and fourth in draw controls per game.

Junior Darby Kiernan leads Colorado in the draw control circle, gathering 7.6 draws per game, the third most in the country. The attacker also leads the team with 42 points in the first 10 games. While she says the success feels amazing, it is a product of the hard work the Buffaloes have put in.

“This season, we’ve just been so focused and determined to come out during practice every day and work really hard, focus on the little things,” Kiernan says. “We prepare really hard for every game, so just coming out this season and doing super well just feels so great, and I’m really excited to see what we do the rest of the season.”

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Colorado to host 2018 NCAA ski championships

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado has been selected to host the 2018 NCAA Ski Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo., the NCAA national office announced Tuesday.

“We are excited to put together another great championship,” CU head coach Richard Rokos said. “Steamboat Springs has such a great history with the NCAA Championships and other elite level skiing. We will look to improve upon the quality championships we put together over the years and as recent as just two seasons ago.”

The championships will take place March 7-10, 2018, with the Nordic races and the slalom race being decided at Howelsen Hill and the giant slalom on Mount Werner. A staple of the 2006, 2010 and 2016 NCAA Championships were a night slalom race on Howelsen Hill and CU anticipates that exciting tradition continuing in 2018.

… This will be the eighth time Steamboat Springs will play host to the NCAA Championships. The championships were also held there in 1968, 1969, 1979, 1993, 2006, 2010 and 2016. This will mark the fifth time the Buffaloes will host the championships in Steamboat Springs (1993, 2006, 2010, 2016) and the Buffs won two of their 20 championships there in 1979 and 2006.

… The state of Colorado has hosted 13 NCAA Championship events, dating back to the first at Winter Park in 1956; Steamboat Springs has hosted seven times in all, including the last five times that Colorado has been the host state (with CU the host school all five times). Crested Butte and Durango are the only other two areas to host the affair. The previous 13 gatherings in the Centennial State have bode well for state schools, as CU has won six of its titles within the state and Denver five of its crowns. The other two were claimed by neighboring state schools, Wyoming and Utah; eastern schools have cracked the top two just four times (Dartmouth in 1956 and 1969, Vermont in 1975 and 1993).

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April 17th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU golfer Jeremy Paul turning pro immediately 

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado senior Jeremy Paul announced Monday that he will forego the remainder of his collegiate career as he has decided to turn professional immediately ahead of next week’s Web.com Tour event.

Paul will tee it up for the first time as a professional next week in the Web.com Tour’s United Leasing & Finance Championship, set for April 20-23 in Newburgh, Indiana.   Last December, he reached the third and final qualifying stage for the Web.com Tour (one level below the PGA and European tours), and though he didn’t make the top 45 who automatically earned their cards, he drew the attention of several potential sponsors.  He was offered a sponsor exemption into the field in Indiana and is thus taking advantage of it to activate his membership.

Paul, who hails from Viernheim, Germany, is set to graduate with a degree in Business (Operations Management) on May 12.

… At present, he has set or tied 24 Colorado school records, including the career mark for stroke average: he owned a 71.72 norm for 138 rounds played.  Other top marks included 131 of those rounds counting toward CU’s team score, that 94.9 percentage the third-best by a Buff.  He played in 47 overall events, finishing under par in 22 of those and at even-par four other times.  He finished with 40 rounds in the 60s, 66 subpar rounds and 74 rounds of par or better, all three CU bests, and is the only player in CU history to play over 50 percent of his rounds at or under par (53.6).  His 21 top 10 finishes also set a CU record, and his 27 top 20 finishes tied for the most.  He won three meets as a collegian and shot his career-best round of 8-under par 64 earlier this spring in the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate.

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CU Lacrosse dips to 9th in national rankings with one week to go in regular season

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado dropped to ninth this week in all three national lacrosse polls after suffering its second loss of the season to then-No. 9 Southern California on April 14.

The Buffs had been ranked fifth in the Cascade/Inside Lacrosse and the Nike/U.S. Lacrosse Magazine polls, and were sixth in the IWLCA Coaches’ poll last week, but after falling to USC (11-5) last Friday in Los Angeles, they slid to ninth this week.

CU went 1-1 last weekend. After falling to USC on Friday, the Buffs rebounded on Sunday afternoon, downing San Diego State 17-5. Colorado also qualified last weekend for its fourth consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, which is scheduled April 27-30 in L.A.

The Buffs will wrap-up their regular season this weekend on the road. They will take on St. Mary’s on Friday, April 21, and on Sunday, April 23, they will play California.

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April 16th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse bounces back with a 17-5 rout of San Diego State

From CUBuffs.com … After falling to No. 9 Southern California on Friday night, the Colorado Buffaloes needed a big win to get back on track, And that is exactly what they got on Sunday, defeating MPSF rival San Diego State, 17-5.

The win is the 13th for the Buffs this season, which ties the single season wins record which was set in 2016 when the Buffs finished 13-5 overall. Colorado, which is ranked fifth in a pair of polls and is sixth in the other, is now 13-2 overall, 5-1 in the MPSF, while SDSU is now 8-6 (2-4 MPSF).

WHAT HAPPENED: Colorado knew it needed to get its offense going early in the game and did just that, scoring the first three goals with markers from Carly Cox, Marie Moore and Darby Kiernan in just over five minutes.

The Aztecs answered with three straight goals of their own and had the game tied up at 3-3 with 14:55 left in the first half.

The game changing moment came less than two minutes later when SDSU’s goalkeeper, Katrina Reeves, caused the Buffs to turn the ball over at 13:21, but Reeves was out of the crease and just after she forced the turnover, Reeves coughed the ball up with Moore right there to pick it up. Moore capitalized on the empty net with her second goal of the day and put the Buffs back in the lead.

The Buffs continued to add to their lead, tallying five more to finish the frame. In that span, Johnna Fusco, Cali Castagnola, Katie Macleay and Kiernan each had a goal, giving the Buffs a 9-3 advantage at halftime.

The break did not slow Colorado down as Fusco tallied the first marker of the second half (27:24), her third of the day. Cox and Macleay scored CU’s 11th and 12th goals, respectively, just 17 seconds apart at 16:45 and 16:28, to increase CU’s lead to 12-3.

SDSU ended CU’s 9-0 run at 14:39 with a goal from Sarah Dorl and just a short time later, Jill Haight tallied a goal (14:11). But those would be the final two goals for the Aztecs as the Buffaloes defense held strong.

UP NEXT: Colorado will end the regular season on the road against St. Mary’s (April 21) and California (April 23).

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April 15th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU Lacrosse at San Diego State

From the Daily Camera … No. 6 Colorado Buffaloes (12-2, 4-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) at San Diego State Aztecs (8-5, 2-3). Sunday, 1 p.m. MDT, Aztec Lacrosse Field.

The Aztecs are coming off a 15-3 loss against USC last week…CU completes the regular season next week with road dates against Cal and St. Mary’s.

The Buffs have suffered through scoring droughts of at least 30 minutes in each of the past two games. CU went 31:22 without a goal in last week’s win against Stanford and was held scoreless for 35:02 while getting shut out in the second half of Friday’s loss at No. 9 USC…That defeat left CU in second-place in the MPSF behind the Trojans…CU is trying to avoid the first three-game road losing streak in the program’s four-season history…Dating back to a 10-6 loss at Stony Brook on March 31 and a 9-7 win at Delaware on March 29, the Buffs have posted season-low scoring totals in three of the past four games…The Buffs are 5-0 all-time against SDSU, including a 16-3 win last year at home.

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April 14th 

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

No. 6 CU Lacrosse falls on the road to No. 9 USC, 11-5

From CUBuffs.com … For just the second time this season, the Colorado Buffaloes suffered a loss, this time falling 11-5 on Friday night to ninth-ranked Southern California in the L.A. Coliseum.

The Buffs, who are ranked fifth in a pair of polls and are sixth in the other, are 12-2 on the season with the only other loss coming two weeks ago to then-No. 5 Stony Brook. Friday’s loss was also the first for CU in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play as CU is now 4-1. USC improved to 12-3 overall and is 6-0 in league play.

Junior attacker Darby Kiernan led the Buffs with two goals on four shots and also recorded a pair of draw controls. Senior goalkeeper Paige Soenksen had nine saves in the game, five in the first half and four in the second, as well as a team-high four ground balls.

KEY STATISTICS: The Buffs had a 13-12 edge in shots after the first half, but USC tallied 14 to CU’s six in the second half for a 26-19 advantage. USC also led the battle in ground balls (17-11) and draw controls (10-8).

UP NEXT: Colorado will face San Diego State on Sunday, April 16. Opening draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT.

Isaiah Oliver posts best CU score in decathlon … in 40 years 

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado sophomore Isaiah Oliver posted the best CU decathlon score in over 40 years here Thursday as he finished in third at the California Invitational.

Oliver posted a final two day score of 7,331 to finish in third place and earn the Buffs six team points at the California Invitational. This is the highest score by a CU decathlete in over 40 years as Oliver now owns the fourth best decathlon score in school history. Mike Hill and Mike Wedman are the only two Buffs who have better final scores than Oliver as their marks of 7,645, 7,543 and 7,470 come from June of 1974.

Isaiah Oliver kicked off the second day of competition right where he left off the day before, breaking a school decathlon record. In the 110 meter hurdles Oliver crossed the finish line at 14.46 to finish second and break yet another 10 year old decathlon school record. The record was previously owned by Jordan Hudgens (14.70). Oliver went on to add 558 points from the discus throw as he tossed a 114/34.74 mark which is a personal best. Oliver closed out his day on the track where he finished fourth in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:32.98.

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April 13th

… Citius Altius, Fortius …

No. 6 CU (12-1, 4-0) faces conference showdown v. No. 9 USC (11-3, 5-0)

Related … “Fusco, Fellow Buffs Lacrosse Seniors Not Ready To Talk Graduation” … from CUBuffs.com

Related … “A look at the matchup between No. 6 CU women’s lacrosse and No. 9 USC” … from the Daily Camera

From CUBuffs.com … After wrapping-up a very successful home regular season slate, Colorado (12-1) is ready to hit the road for three straight weekends, starting this Friday and Sunday, in Southern California.

The Buffs, who are ranked fifth in a pair of polls and are sixth in the other, will start things off with a top-10 showdown against No. 9 USC (11-3) at the L.A. Coliseum on Friday, April 14. Opening draw is scheduled for 6 p.m. MT/5 p.m. PT.  Both teams are undefeated in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play with USC boosting a 5-0 record, while the Buffs have a 4-0 mark.

On Sunday, April 16, Colorado will face off against San Diego State (8-5, 2-3 MPSF). That contest is scheduled for a 1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT start.

HOW TO WATCH THE GAME AGAINST USC: Friday’s game will be televised live on Pac-12 Mountain/Los Angeles. Live stats will be available at CUBuffs.com/lacrosse on the schedule page.

HOW TO WATCH THE GAME AGAINST SAN DIEGO STATE: A link to the live stream, as well as the link to the live stats, is available at CUBuffs.com/lacrosse on the schedule page.

Related … From USC Trojans.com … The ninth-ranked USC lacrosse team (11-3, 5-0 MPSF) hosts No. 6 Colorado (12-1, 4-0) at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Friday (April 14) in a pivotal MPSF contest that will shape the seeding berths in the upcoming conference tournament. With a 5-0 record in league games, the Women of Troy have already clinched a spot in their fifth consecutive postseason tourney while the Buffaloes come in with the only other unblemished MPSF record (4-0) and a favored position as the higher ranked team.

USC has won five straight games overall and is on a 15-game MPSF regular-season winning streak that dates back to the end of 2015. The Trojans also ride a 22-game home winning streak (20 at McAlister Field and two at the LA Memorial Coliseum). USC leads the MPSF in goals (15.36 gpg) and goals-against average (6.55 gaa). The Trojan defense is tops in the nation.

SENIOR DAY 2017: The Women of Troy will honor the careers of seniors Cynthia Del Core, Kylie Drexel, Drew Jackson, Nina Kelty, Gabby McMahon, and Michaela Michael when USC hosts Colorado at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Friday (April 14). This senior class has individuals who rank among the top 10 of the program’s offensive career statistics including Michael who is the program’s first All-American and a 10-time MPSF Player of the Week honoree.

CU cornerback Isaiah Oliver breaks three ten-year old school records in decathlon competition 

From CUBuffs.com … AZUSA, Calif. – University of Colorado sophomore Isaiah Oliver broke three 10-year-old school records in the decathlon and currently sits in first place at the California Invitational here Wednesday. Oliver, a defensive back on CU’s football team, broke the 100 meters, long jump and 400-meter decathlon school records which dated back to 1997.

WHAT HAPPENED
Isaiah Oliver is sitting nicely in first place (CU Invite ‘A’ Section) in the decathlon with 4,044 points after the first day of competition. Oliver started the day with a third-place finish in the 100 meters, finishing in 10.84. Just as he did in the indoor season Oliver, broke yet another school record as he clinched the CU decathlon 100-meter school record. This record was previously owned by Jordan Hudgens, who ran his time of 10.87 in May of 1997. 23-7.25. Oliver went on to add a decathlon school record in the long jump landing a 7.18/23-6.75 mark to finish second and earn 857 points. This record was last set by Grant Cleghorn in May of 1997.

In the final event of the day Oliver clocked an impressive 47.58 in the 400 meters to break another one of Jordan Hudgens decathlon records from 1997. In the shot put Oliver tossed a 12.23/40-1.50 mark to tie for seventh and add 620 points to go along with a sixth place finish in the high jump at 6-4/1.93.

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April 11th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU women’s golf places third in California tournament

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado women’s golf team posted the best team score in the final round here Tuesday propelling the Buffaloes to a third place finish at the Silverado Showdown at the Silverado Resort and Spa.

Playing in one of its most challenging fields this season, the Buffs improved each round as their final scorecard was 290-287-283-860. The Buffaloes 54 hole score of 860 moves up to the third best in school history. The only lower scores come from the 2011-12 season at the Clover Cup (855) and from 2008-09 at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic (852).

“They played extremely well today,” head coach Anne Kelly said. “They just had it going. I have been waiting for them to play like this all semester long. This is a very good team, and I knew they could play like this, so it was nice to see it happen. They just came out very determined and ready. I am really happy for them.”

CU was only one of three teams to finish the tournament under par at 4-under 860. Tuesday’s third place finish marks the first time since the 2010-2011 season that the Buffs finished in the top-5 top for five straight tournaments. Not only did the Buffs record the third best 54 hole score, CU’s final round of 283 is the sixth best 18 hole score in CU history.

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April 10th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse team holding steady in national polls

From CUBuffs.com … There was no change in the lacrosse rankings for the Buffs this week as Colorado held strong at fifth in the Cascade/Inside Lacrosse and the Nike/U.S. Lacrosse Magazine polls, and remained sixth in the IWLCA Coaches’ poll.

CU got back in the win column on April 7 with its first victory against Stanford, a 13-8 decision. Colorado improved to 12-1 overall, and maintained a perfect mark (4-0) in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.

The Buffs will face their sixth ranked opponent of the season on Friday, April 14, when they travel to Southern California to take on the No. 9 Trojans at 6 p.m. MT. CU will also face San Diego State on Sunday, April 16, at 1 p.m.

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April 7th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

No. 5 CU Lacrosse defeats Stanford for the first time

Related … “Woelk: Buffs Lacrosse Seniors Have Plans For More Celebrations” … From CUBuffs.com

From CUBuffs.com … After losing six straight games to Stanford, three in the regular season and three in the postseason, the Colorado Buffaloes finally earned their first win against the Cardinal, a 13-8 decision, on Friday at Kittredge Field.

The Buffs, who are ranked fifth in a pair of polls and sixth in the other, improved to 12-1 on the season, which includes a 4-0 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.

Although Colorado did not need extra motivation against Stanford, the fact that it was senior day only helped. One of those seniors was Johnna Fusco, who recorded four goals in the contest. Another senior, Katie Macleay, recorded two huge goals at the end of the game, while senior goalkeeper Paige Soenksen recorded seven saves in the game to put CU in position to win.

Darby Kiernan, a junior, also had a big game for CU with four goals and two assists for a game high six points.

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HOME SWEET HOME: The Buffs finished the regular season home slate with a perfect 8-0 record. CU has called Kittredge Field its home since 2014 and now has an impressive 25-5 record there.

KEY STATISTICS: Just like the Buffs have done a lot this season, they out-shot Stanford 33-22, which included a 19-9 mark in the first half. CU also had the edge in ground balls (18-12), draw controls (13-10) and caused turnovers (10-6). The Buffs also did better controlling the ball as they committed 16 turnovers to SU’s 23.

UP NEXT: The Buffs hit the road for two straight weekends of MPSF action to wrap-up the regular season. CU will head to Southern California to face No. 9 USC on April 14, before taking on San Diego State on April 16. The final two contests will be on April 21 (St. Mary’s) and April 23 (California).

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April 6th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Getting to Know: Stanford (3:00 p.m., Friday)

Game Notes … from CUBuffs.com

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado (11-1, 3-0 MPSF) will host Stanford (7-3, 2-0 MPSF) in its final home game of the regular season on Friday, April 7, at 3 p.m. The Buffs will also honor its 16 seniors, who were all part of CU’s first recruiting class, prior to the start of the game.

The 16 seniors are: Perri Baker, Amelia Brown, Cali Castagnola, Maddie DeWinter, Johnna Fusco,Sophia Gambitsky, Maddie Hunt, Emily Knapp, Tori Link, Katie Macleay, Claire McCain, Marie Moore, Annie Morsches, Molly Rovzar, Amanda Salvadore and Paige Soenksen.

HOW TO WATCH: The game will be streamed live on Pac-12 Plus (http://pac-12.com/live/cubuffs-2). Live stats are available at http://www.sidearmstats.com/cu/wlax/.

ABOUT THE BUFFS: Colorado is 11-1 overall and owns a 3-0 record in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play. CU started the season with a school record 11 straight wins before losing its first game of the season at No. 5 Stony Brook. The loss slid the Buffs from fourth in all three polls, to fifth in a pair and sixth in the other. The Buffs have won 10 straight games at home and are looking to complete the season with an unblemished record at Kittredge Field.

ABOUT THE CARDINAL: Stanford has recorded a 7-3 record this season and is 2-0 in the MPSF. The Cardinal recorded six straight wins after starting the season 1-2. Yale halted SU’s streak with a 15-12 decision on April 1.

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CU Lacrosse seniors have a great deal to celebrate on their Senior Day on Friday

From CUBuffs.com … In their four short years in Boulder, the seniors on Colorado’s lacrosse team have put together a rather amazing list of accomplishments.

Four consecutive winning seasons (including this year). Three consecutive berths in the MPSF tournament, with a fourth very likely this season. Four wins this year over top 20 teams, with more opportunities still ahead.

And, of course, the program’s first-ever top 20 ranking, with the Buffs currently sitting at No. 5 in the nation in two polls, and sixth in another.

Not bad for a program that came online as a startup in 2014.

But this year’s seniors — the first recruiting class in the history of the program — have a few more items on their bucket list, a list that includes an MPSF championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.

The next item on the list, however, is Friday’s 3 p.m. home game with Stanford, the 11-1 Buffs’ last regular season home game of the year and perhaps these CU seniors’ last chance to collect a win over a conference nemesis.

“We’ve never beaten Stanford,” said senior attacker Johnna Fusco, the Buffs’ third-leading scorer thus far this year with 28 goals and six assists. “They’ve ended our season every single year. That’s in itself right there is very important and it’s a simple thing. That’s what our eye is on.”

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CU honors academic achievement – Ryan Moeller, Phillip Lindsay, Ryan Severson receive special awards

From CUBuffs.com … Over three dozen University of Colorado student-athletes, including a near record 23 with perfect 4.00 grade point averages last year, were honored for a variety of outstanding academic accomplishments Wednesday morning at the school’s 25th Annual Student-Athlete Academic Recognition Banquet.

Once again, over 300 people attended the event, held in the Touchdown Club room in the Dal Ward Athletic Center.

The Clancy A. Herbst, Jr., Student-Athlete Achievement Award had two honorees this year, senior Jesse Knori (skiing) and junior Ryan Moeller (football), as the award is given to athletes who overcome personal, academic or emotional challenges difficulties to succeed both academically and athletically.

Knori was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was just 12 years old, which obviously made things daunting at time for a cross country skier; then in the summer after her freshman year, she lost her father who died in a horseback riding accident.  She persevered and would participate in two NCAA Championships, earning All-America honors both years while maintaining a 3.645 grade point average in Landscape Architecture Studies.

Moeller started the first seven games of the 2015 football season at free safety, but on October 19, he was riding on his moped in Boulder when he got rear-ended by a car – at 30 miles per hour.  He suffered multiple injuries and would miss the remainder of the season and had to battle back from the cognitive, physical as well as emotional affects from the accident.

… There were four recipients of the Ceal Barry Leadership Award, named for CU’s legendary women’s basketball coach and awarded to those student-athletes who most effectively inspires his or her team and the Colorado campus and community through exemplary commitment, composure and integrity.  The recipients of the honor were Phillip Lindsay(senior, football), Petter Reistad (sophomore, skiing), Molly Rovzar (senior, lacrosse) and Jaron Thomas (senior, track & field).

… In other academic news, senior inside linebacker Ryan Severson was named to the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society team, rewarding those student-athletes who have in excess of a 3.2 grade point average.  The NFF Colorado Chapter also released its annual Academic All-Colorado Team on Tuesday, with four Buffaloes earning first-team honors: Severson, defensive back Lucas Cooper, defensive end Aaron Howard and outside linebacker Derek McCartney.  Seven others earned honorable mention: running back Michael Adkins, tight end Chris Bounds, tight end George Frazier, placekicker Chris Graham, offensive tackle Aaron Haigler, punter Alex Kinney and placekicker Davis Price.

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April 4th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Buff skiers David Ketterer and Petra Hyncicova named RMISA Athletes of the Year

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado’s David Ketterer and Petra Hyncicova have been selected as the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) Athletes of the Year.

The award is selected by the coaches in the league.

Hyncicova was selected for women’s Nordic while Ketterer was for men’s alpine. They were joined by Montana State’s Benedicte Lyche (women’s alpine) and Utah’s Martin Bergstroem (men’s Nordic) as the 2017 RMISA Athlete of the Year selections.

Hyncicova swept the NCAA titles in the 15K freestyle and 5K classic races, becoming the 15th woman to sweep the cross country races at the NCAA Championships and the fourth Buff. The junior from Liberec, Czech Republic had five wins and seven podium finishes this season. Hyncicova is a five-time All-American over her three seasons at CU. She competed at the U23 World Ski Championships in each of the past two seasons.

Ketterer, a native of Bad Durrheim, Germany, swept both the men’s slalom and giant slalom races at the NCAA Championships to become only the fifth skier in NCAA history and the third Buff to sweep the two races. He won seven total races during his freshman season, matching CU’s alpine record for wins in a season, and finished on the podium nine times. Ketterer was the RMISA men’s alpine MVP, won the 2017 NorAm Cup slalom title and made two World Cup starts during the season.

With Hyncicova and Ketterer sweeping their NCAA individual titles this season, it marked the fifth time in school history that CU skiers have claimed four titles in the same NCAA Championships. It also occurred in 1960, 1963, 2006 and 2008, and was just the second time in NCAA history two discipline sweeps were pulled off by the same school – and CU had the other in ’08.

Colorado leads all-time with 94 individual NCAA titles, topping Denver (88), Utah (74), Vermont (64), Dartmouth (36), Wyoming (19), New Mexico (17) and Middlebury (11); individual winners in 2017 came from Colorado (four), Utah (two), Montana State and Vermont.

April 3rd

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Lacrosse suffers only slight drop in latest national polls

From CUBuffs.com …  After suffering its first loss of the season, the Colorado women’s lacrosse team slide from fourth to fifth in the latest Cascade/Inside Lacrosse and the Nike/U.S. Lacrosse Magazine polls, while in the IWLCA Coaches’ poll, the Buffs moved from fourth to sixth.

The Buffs are currently 11-1 after earning a 9-7 decision against Delaware (March 29) and posting a 10-6 loss to then-No. 5 Stony Brook (March 31). They started the season with 11 straight wins, which broke CU’s record for most consecutive wins.

The Buffs will host their final regular season home game this Friday, April 7, as MSPF rival Stanford will be in town. Opening draw is set for 3 p.m.

 

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11 Responses to “CU Olympic Sports”

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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

  4. WarBuff

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

    I’d buy several

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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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