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June 14th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Julia Lisella named IWLCA Goalkeeper of the Year

From CUBuffs.com …  In her first year as Colorado’s starting goalkeeper, redshirt sophomore Julia Lisella has made quite the impression on the college lacrosse scene. Now she’s ending the season as the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association’s (IWLCA) Goalkeeper of the Year, as announced on Thursday afternoon.

Lisella, along with teammates Sarah Brown and Darby Kiernan, were selected to the IWLCA All-America teams. Lisella and Brown were named to the first team, while Kiernan was tabbed to the second team. This is the second IWLCA All-America honor for Brown and Kiernan. Brown was selected to the second team in 2017 and Kiernan was named to the third team.

Lisella was named to the IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region first team earlier this season after recording a 13-5 mark in goal. She led the Pac-12 in save percentage (0.503), and was second in the league in saves per game (9.17) and goals against (9.34). Nationally she is seventh in goals against and was 10th in save percentage. Lisella, an All-Pac-12 First Team member, was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week twice (March 19 and April 26). She also earned All-Pac-12 Tournament Team honors and was named to the Tewaaraton Top 25 list.  Lisella recorded 10 or more saves in seven games during the campaign, which included a career-high 17 against Southern California on March 16.

Brown, the 2018 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, was a two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week this season, earned the IWLCA Defensive Player of the Week honor on April 11 and was named to the initial Tewaaraton Watch List at the start of the season. The all-region selection led the Buffs with 34 caused turnovers and her 1.70 caused turnovers per game ranked second in the Pac-12. She is also fourth in the conference in ground balls per game (2.90) and seventh in draw controls per game (4.05). Brown provided an offensive spark for the team, scoring five goals and adding two assists. She was 3-3 on free-position attempts and scored on five of her six shots on goal.

Kiernan was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week five times, including the final three weeks of the regular season, which was the most for an individual player in the league’s inaugural season. An all-region selection, she was named the IWLCA Offensive Player of the Week (April 18), Brine/USL National Player of the Week (March 12) and Alpha Lacrosse National Player of the Week (March 14), and was tabbed to the Tewaaraton Top 25 list. Kiernan led the team in goals, assists, points and draw controls. Her 101 points is a CU single season record, surpassing her previous record of 77 points from the 2017 season. She also set the CU single season goals (70) and assists (31) records. Kiernan earned 159 draw controls, besting her former single season record of 120 from 2017.

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June 10th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Erin Clark and Valerie Constien earn All-American honors at Outdoor Track and Field Championships

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado’s track and field team finished their weekend of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with two more athletes earning All-American honors.

Valerie Constien ran the finals of the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and finished in fifth place with a time of 9:48.40, earning first team All-America honors. Constien is a junior at CU, so she still has one season left to compete for the Buffs.

“Biggest star of the day and probably of the weekend was Val Constien. (She was) not here a year ago, and really on nobody’s radar. She improved almost 20 seconds in the last three or four weeks in the steeplechase, and came within one second of her best ever today in a really competitive field, and our top point scorer this weekend, great run for Val and she’s back next year,” said CU head coach Mark Wetmore.

Following Constien, senior Erin Clark ran her final race for the Buffs. She competed in the women’s 5,000 meter run this evening, crossing the finish line in 15:51.80 in 13th place. This qualified her as a second team All-American, her second All-American honor of the weekend, the first one being in the women’s 10,000 meters on Thursday.

“Just finished the 5k with Erin Clark doubling back from the event two nights before. Honestly we feel she did quite well, this might be the deepest 5k we have ever seen, she is in her third weekend of 10k, 5k doubles, getting pretty leg weary, but ran smart and moved up patiently and got another All-American certificate. We are going to be sad to see her go she has been a great leader and reliable performer for us, but I am sure she will be back to come see us.” Wetmore said.

During her time at CU, Clark earned five other All-America honors both indoors and outdoors. Academically, Clark earned Pac-12 All-Academic fist team in 2017, All-MPSF Academic honors in 2016 and 2017, and USTFCCA Academic honors in 2017. Clark earned a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, and is now finishing her master’s degree in educational foundations, policy and practice.

Results:
Women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase: (1. Allie Ostrander, Boise State, 9:39.28);  2. Charlotte Prouse, New Mexico, 9:45.45;  3. Paige Stoner, Syracuse, 9:46.98;  CU Finisher: 5. Valerie Constien, 9:48.40

Women’s 5,000-meter run: (1. Karissa Schweizer, Missouri, 15:41.58);  2. Allie Buchalski, Furman, 15:42.77;  3. Lilli Burdon, Oregon, 15:43.22;  CU Finisher: 13. Erin Clark, 15:51.80

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May 28th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s ultimate frisbee team falls to Dartmouth in national finals

From ultiworld.com … Dartmouth Princess Layout defeated Colorado Kali 15-9 in the Women’s Final to win their second straight national championship.

Story on CU making it to the finals …

By making it this far, Kali has showed that depth matters. Colorado was only the only team in both Women’s semifinal games to play the entirety of their roster. So when Kali says that they have the best depth in the nation, the stats back it up. Many teams like to brag about their roster depth, but Colorado walks the talk.

Beating Dartmouth will take more than depth, though. Colorado will have to rely on a few players to play the game of their lives if they want to beat the team. There are a few stars from Colorado’s developed roster, who we’ve profiled here. Against Dartmouth, these players will need to make huge defensive plays while remaining efficient on offense.

Colorado’s biggest challenge is stopping Verzuh. They have an athletic defensive line, but no one with the height or physicality to match Dartmouth’s not-so-secret weapon. It’s possible that they will try to stick Rachel Wilmoth on Verzuh, but it’s just as likely that they’ll rotate defenders on her all game in an attempt to find a matchup that works.

For Colorado to have any shot at winning this game, they can’t make any small mistakes on offense. Dartmouth’s D-line offense is the best in the nation. It may seem like a long shot, but so were Colorado’s chances of even making the final.

CU advances six athletes to national track finals

From CUBuffs.com …The University of Colorado’s track and field team closed out their weekend at NCAA West Preliminaries with an overall great performance and six athletes advancing to nationals.

Elisa Grandemange threw a personal best in the women’s hammer with a distance of 195-10.00/59.71. “The day started with Elisa having a real nice throw in her flight in the hammer, a personal best,” head coach Mark Wetmore said.  “It’s hard to come here in these circumstances pressure and a whole new level of competitors surrounding you and throwing your best. She did well and finished quite a bit higher than we would have predicted,” .

In the women’s 5,000-meter run, Erin Clark ran her fastest time ever finishing in 15:30.59 and advancing to Eugene for nationals. “Erin had a great day running her fastest 5k ever after running her fastest 10k ever,” Wetmore said.

The women closed out the night with the 4×400 relay, racing their fastest time ever, but not quite fast enough to get through to Eugene. The women finished 20th overall with a time of 3:39.99.

On the men’s side, Zach Perrin ran the men’s 5,000 meters and will be advancing to nationals. “Zach advanced in the 5,000; it was tight, we had to wait for the second heat and watch the clock carefully, but he got through and will represent the Colorado men in Eugene,” Wetmore said.

“Off we go to Eugene.  Five women, Erin Clark in two events, and Zach Perrin for the guys. Decent size group continuing on to the NCAA finals,” Wetmore said of the weekend.

For a full list of competition results visit: http://www.rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor18/.

Men’s Results:       
Men’s 200-meter dash: 1. Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech, 20.21;  2. Jaylen Bacon, Arkansas State, 20.51;  3. Devin Quinn, Illinois, 20.63;  CU Finisher: 23. Duane McClurkin, Jr., 21.29.
Men’s 1,500-meter run: 1. Josh Kerr, New Mexico, 3:42.62;  2. Sam Prakel, Oregon, 3:42.77;  3. Sam Worley, Texas, 3:42.90;  CU Finisher: 22. Ben Saarel, 3:49.62.
Men’s 5,000-meter run: 1. Grant Fisher, Stanford, 13.47.22;  2. Andy Trouard, Northern Arizona, 13:47.86;  3. Sean McGorty, Stanford, 13:48.09;  CU Finishers: 9. Zach Perrin, 13:50.83;  23. Eduardo Herrera, 14:01.98;  29. Ryan Forsyth, 14:09.13.

Women’s Results:
Women’s 5,000-meter run: 1. Karissa Schweizer, Missouri, 15:19.65;  2. Ednah Kurgat, New Mexico, 15:25.25;  3. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas, 15:27.09;  CU Finishers: 8. Erin Clark, 15:30.59;  20. Makena Morley, 16:03.06;  24. Kaitlyn Benner, 16:10.51.
Women’s Hammer Throw: 1. Brooke Andersen, Northern Arizona, 233-9.00/71.26;  2. Janee’ Kassanavoid, Kansas State, 222-11.00/67.94;  3. Temi Ogunrinde, Minnesota, 216-2.00/65.88; CU Finisher: 21. Elisa Grandemange, 195-10.00/59.71.
Women’s 4×400 relay: 1. Oregon, 3:29. 94;  2. USC, 3:30.57;  3. Baylor, 3:31.34;  20. Colorado, 3:39.99.

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May 22nd

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Robyn Choi finishes record-setting season at NCAA tournament – U.S. Women’s Open up next

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado sophomore Robyn Choi shot a final-round even 72 to finish tied for 21st at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, Monday, at the Karsten Creek Golf Club.

Choi was 4-over, 292, for the 72-hole tournament. Her 21st place finish is the highest by a Colorado golfer at the NCAA Championship. Emily Talley tied for 38th to lead the Buffaloes at the 2012 NCAA’s.

Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho took NCAA medalist honors at 8-under, 280, two shots better than Arizona’s Bianca Pagdanganan. An eight-team match play tournament will determine the team title over the next two days.

“My shots were pretty good, I think I hit 15 greens (in regulation), so tee to green was pretty good,” Choi said. “I left a lot of birdie putts out there, though.”

… Monday’s season-finale for Choi was a mix of celebration for a record-breaking season and one-last tune-up for the U.S. Women’s Open – and she was able play with her coaches and teammates in tow. Choi qualified for her second-straight USGA national championship on May 14.

“It was different,” Choi said. “Normally we would be playing in front or in back of each other, looking at how we’re all playing. Today they were all watching me. It was different but they really supported me today and really helped me. I was thankful about that.”

The 73rd U.S. Women’s Open will be held May 31-June 3 at the Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in Shoal Creek, Ala.
She shot 9-over in two rounds at the 2017 U.S. Open in New Jersey, missing the cut for the weekend’s finals by seven strokes.

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May 20th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU women’s golf team finish one shot short of making final round at NCAA Finals

From CUBuffs.com …The University of Colorado had its best of three rounds at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, but it wasn’t enough on Sunday to advance any further as the Buffaloes finished in 19th place at 40-over, 904, at the Karsten Creek Golf Club.

The No. 28 ranked Buffaloes needed to be among the Top 15 to advance to Monday’s fourth round, but fell just one stroke short. Four teams tied for 15th at 39-over with Louisville edging Auburn, Arizona State and Wake Forest on a tiebreaker to advance.

Colroado’s season isn’t quite over though. Sophomore Robyn Choi, tied for 24th overall at 4-over, 220, will play in Monday’s fourth round as one of the top nine individuals not on an advancing team. The fourth round will determine the NCAA’s individual champion as well as the Top 8 teams advancing to match play.

Colorado shot 9-over, 297, in the final round, four strokes better than its second round total, and nine better than the first round. However, the Buffaloes weren’t able to score as well as others that were behind them after round two.  Colorado entered the round tied for 14th, but was passed by five teams including No. 26 Baylor which had the second-best round of the day at 1-under and No. 2 Arkansas which played the final round at 1-over.

“We gave it all we had,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. “Unfortunately we made some unforced errors coming in.  We didn’t have a bad day, it just wasn’t good enough. They were playing hard until the end.”

Top-ranked Alablama has the overall lead at 2-under after a round-best 4-under, 284. No. 3 UCLA is second at 6-over followed by No. 9 Arizona at 16-over and No. 13 Northwestern at 18-over.

Choi shot a 2-under, 70, in Sunday’s third round to advance as the eighth individual and is 11 shots off the lead. Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho and Alabama’s Cheyenne Knight share the three-round individual lead at 7-under, 209. Choi’s 70 was lone under-par round for the Buffaloes on the weekend, and represents the lowest 18-hole score at an NCAA Championship in team history.

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Results from GolfStat.com

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May 19th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women just inside cut-line after second round

From CUBuffs.com … Mixing a brutally tough course with a shot of Mother Nature made for a long afternoon for the University of Colorado women’s golf team.

The good news though is when the weather cleared and the sun set – just as the round ended – the Buffaloes found themselves still in the mix, tied for 14th after the second round of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at the Karsten Creek Golf Club.

No. 28 ranked Colorado shot 13-over, 301, five strokes better than its one round score. The Buffaloes remained tied with No. 18 Wake Forest for the championship at 30-over, 607, falling one spot in the standings from Friday’s opening round.

No. 3 UCLA, on the heels of a tournament-best 9-under round, is the overall leader at 3-under. Top-ranked Alabama, which had the only other under par round of the tournament (-2) is five strokes back at 2-over. No. 6 USC, the day one leader, is a distant third at 13-over.

Senior Brittany Fan had Colorado’s low round of the day at 2-over, 74, and is tied for 36th overall. Sophomore Robyn Choimatched her day-one score with a 3-over, 75. Freshman Alisha Lau turned made the best jump of the day, shooting seven shots better to match Choi at 3-over, 75.

An afternoon tee time meant Colorado was treated to some good old-fashioned, late-spring Midwest weather. Winds were swirling and gusting early, but the Buffaloes, who started at No. 10, played the back side well at 4-over and hovered around the Top 8 for most of that time.

Just as Colorado was about to make the turn, rain and lighting in the area caused a 90-minute delay in the action. The Buffaloes weren’t able to recapture that momentum once play resumed, playing the front at 9-over. When the last golfers were coming off the course, they were partially being aided by an electronic scoreboard near the clubhouse.

“They’re all experienced players out there and have been through it before,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. “Not much you can do but wait it out. We sat in the clubhouse and when it cleared, they were able to hit a few balls and tee it up again. Too bad our momentum kind of stopped, but it’s something you have to deal with in golf. Nothing we can control.”

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May 18th

... Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s golf tied for 13th after first round of NCAA tournament

… The Buffs are ranked 28th nationally. All of the 12 teams in front of CU after round one were ranked higher than the Buffs. At the same time, the Buffs finished the first round with a better score than eight teams ranked higher nationally, including No. 2 Arkansas, No. 5 Stanford, No. 7 Furman, No. 8 Texas, and No. 10 Arizona State … 

From CUBuffs.com … With high scores dominating the field, the University of Colorado finds itself right in the hunt, tied for 13th place after the first round of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at the Karsten Creek Golf Club.

The No. 28 ranked Buffaloes are tied with No. 18 Wake Forest after shooting an 18-over, 306. Despite the higher-than-desired score, Colorado remains right in the thick of it. The Buffaloes are on the plus side of 15th, which would get them to Monday’s fourth round and five shots out of eighth, the cut line for match play.

All 24 teams shot over par rounds and only four managed single digits over par. No. 6 USC is the first round leader at 3-over, 291. Top-ranked Alabama is one stroke back at 4-over, No. 3 UCLA is third at 6-over and No. 16 Kent State is in fourth at 8-over.

Sophomore Kirsty Hodgkins had Colorado’s low round, shooting 2-over, 74, and is tied for 28t overall. Senior Brittany Fanand sophomore Robyn Choi each carded 3-over, 75, and are tied for 35th.

Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho shot a 7-under, 65, to take a three stroke lead over Northwestern’s Janet Mao. Only 10 of 132 individual had rounds in the red on Friday.

“It’s a very difficult course and we knew that coming in from our experience at the regional (in 2014) and years ago in the Big 12,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. “It’s a fair course but it will test every part of your game. They could play a U.S. Women’s Open out here.”

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May 17th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s golf excited about return to NCAA championships

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado made its first NCAA Women’s Golf Championship appearance in 2012 and the goal ever since then was to get back.

The road hasn’t been easy and the previous two years were the most gut wrenching of all, missing that elusive goal by a single stroke each time.

However that all changed last week in San Francisco. Colorado had big-time performances up and down its lineup and thus six years later, the Buffaloes return to the NCAA Championship, which tees off Friday at the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

“They are excited to be here,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. “They’ve worked so hard to get here and like Robyn (Choi) said the other day ‘I can’t believe we’re here!’ All the work they put in to that goal and then with the last two years being like a punch in the gut. But now we’re very excited and happy to be here.”

The two things that went really well for the Buffaloes last week will be key again this week. One, Colorado had five under par rounds including a pair in the 60s. Brittany Fan shot a CU NCAA Regional record 66 in the first round while Robyn Choi followed up with a 69 on the final day.

Colorado’s top three golfers accounted for the top three 54-hole NCAA Region round scores in program history: Fan at 5-under, 211, Choi at 1-under, 215, and Kirsty Hodgkins at even, 216.

Secondly, Colorado’s fourth and fifth golfers played very well. Junior Gillan Vance’s 74 in the first round as the fourth scorer allowed the Buffaloes to set the tone early with an under par team round. The highest score thrown out of any of the three rounds was 5-over, 77.

“To play at this level we have to have four scorers every day,” Kelly said. “We can’t depend on two or three people. It definitely has to be a team effort. That 74 Gillian shot on the first day was huge. She stepped up and did her part. Alisha (Lau) is so close to playing well. She just needs to eliminate some 3-putts, and she worked hard on that this week. By eliminating some of those bogeys, we’ll be right in the mix.”

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May 16th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU men’s golf finishes seventh at NCAA regionals … fails to qualify for finals

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado men’s golf team pulled to within two shots of fifth place, the final qualifying spot for the NCAA Championship Finals, but eventually slipped into a seventh place finish here Wednesday as the NCAA West Regional came to a close.

CU turned in final round score of 2-over par 290, finishing with 54-hole score of 862 (2-under); that would in the end be 10 strokes back of fifth place, though it was much closer than that most of the day.   Late double- and quadruple bogeys took the Buffaloes out of red numbers for the day and let No. 6 LSU, the region’s top seeded team, slip by them into sixth.

The No. 42 Buffaloes entered the final round tied for sixth with No. 30 Oregon, three shots back of fifth.  But the Ducks broke away from the Buffs mainly due to one of their players having a hot final round after two pedestrian ones.  Ryan Gronlund shot one of two 6-under 66s posted Wednesday by Oregon, including a 29 on the back nine that propelled the Ducks, who started on No. 10, make the turn at 4-over.

No. 43 Kansas claimed its first regional crown with a 20-under 864 team score, edging No. 18 Stanford by three shots; No. 55 Iowa State took third (847), followed by No. 7 Alabama (849) and then Oregon (852).   Those teams earned the five qualifying spots for the NCAA Championship Finals later this month in Stillwater, Okla.   LSU skipped by the Buffs and finished with an 857 tally.

“Rough day,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  “We were fighting it again, didn’t play the par-5s on the front very well.  We really played those well all year, but we just were a little out of position to score well on those today.

The Buffs collectively played the par-5s at 3-under in the final round, as compared to 15-under the first two days.  Oregon played those at 12-under and LSU at minus-9 on Wednesday.

“That said, we were still in a position (to challenge for the last spot) if we had a great back nine,” Edwards said.  “But we were just a little bit off in general.  We still competed, still gave ourselves a chance.  I know if I would have been told in advance that we‘d beat two teams seeded higher than us, I would have said for sure we would have advanced.”

Colorado did defeat fourth-seeded Southern California by five shots, turning the tables on the 19th-ranked Trojans for their four-stroke win over the Buffs at last month’s Pac-12 Championship.  CU also edged out fourth seed and No. 31 TCU by three shots.  In the end, Colorado finished where it was seeded – seventh.

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May 15th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Buffs move into sixth-place tie at NCAA regionals

From CUBuffs.com …  The University of Colorado men’s golf team rode the proverbial rollercoaster here Tuesday, but at the end of the day, the Buffaloes posted the second-best score in moving up a notch into a tie for sixth through two rounds of the NCAA West/Stockton Regional.

No. 42 Colorado recorded a 6-under par 282 score, but things didn’t start off well.  At one point, the Buffs were 2-over and had slipped from a tie for seventh into one for 11th in the 13 team field.  But a strong back nine, including playing the last three holes at 4-under, thrusted CU up into a tie for sixth with a 4-under 572 total through 36 holes, one spot back of the last qualifying spot for the NCAA Championship Finals later this month.

No. 7 Alabama and No. 55 Iowa State, the latter the first round leader, are tied atop of the standings at 14-under 562, with No. 43 Kansas one back in third (563).  No. 5 Stanford moved up a spot into fourth (568) with No. 31 TCU dropping a spot to fifth (569).  The Buffs are tied with Pac-12 rival and No. 30 Oregon in sixth, just three strokes out of the all-important fifth position.

It’s the usual tight battle for those five spots, with six teams within 11 strokes of fourth place and five within 10 of fifth.  And overall, 17 strokes separate first and 10th; only the regional in Norman are things tighter – 14 shots – among the top 10.

“The round was a little bit like yesterday, kind of struggling a bit here and there, but we really played a good final nine holes to get back in it,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  “The guys did a really good job of competing and fighting.

“You don’t play as well as you want all the time, and this is a good, solid golf course,” he continued.  “We were a little out of position, just sort of hanging around, but got things going on those final nine holes.  They do a really good job of not getting too far ahead of themselves.  If they make a mistake, they move on.  They don’t dwell on them because that’s when you can shoot a really big number.  They just kept plugging along and finally good things happened.”

Alabama and Colorado are the only schools with three players in the top 18.  This is also the 22nd regional Colorado is participating in since the format began in 1989, and Tuesday’s 6-under 282 is the fifth-best round by the Buffaloes among 65 played; it was the best second round score, eclipsing the 288 in 1993-94 when CU finished second overall.

Senior Yannik Paul is pacing the Buffaloes after recording a second round 3-under 69 on the 7,239-yard, par-72 Reserve at Spanos Park course layout, boosting him overall to 4-under 140 that has him tied for 10th place.  His only blemish on the day was a double bogey on the par-3 No. 8, which is playing as the second toughest hole in the meet through 36 holes.  He was 3-under at that point, but closed out with two more birdies and nine pars.

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Standings after two rounds (top five teams advance):

  1. Iowa State……………………….. 278-284—562
  2. Alabama…………………………… 282-280—562
  3. Kansas……………………………… 281-282—563
  4. Stanford…………………………… 285-283—568
  5. TCU………………………………….. 283-286—569
  6. COLORADO……………………… 290-282—572
  7. Oregon…………………………….. 289-283—572
  8. LSU………………………………….. 293-283—576
  9. UNC-Greensboro…………….. 293-283—576
  10. Southern California………….. 295-284—579
  11. Kennesaw State………………. 292-290—582
  12. UC Irvine………………………….. 290-293—583
  13. North Dakota State………….. 297-294—591

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May 14th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU men’s golf team in 7th after 1st round of NCAA regionals (one shot out of NCAA-finals qualifying sixth place)

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado men’s golf team didn’t have a spectacular day here Monday, but regardless the Buffaloes are in the thick of things after the completion of the first round of the NCAA West/Stockton Regional.

Colorado, ranked 42nd in the country, is tied for seventh after posting a 2-over 290 team score, but has two rounds remaining to climb into the top five, as those will advance to the NCAA Championship Finals in two weeks.

Iowa State, ranked 55th in the nation, is the not-so-surprising leader, as the Cyclones posted a 10-under 278 score, three shots up on No. 43 Kansas.  ISU was the Big 12 Conference runner-up and has played well most of the spring.  No. 7 Alabama holds third (282), followed by No. 31 TCU (283) and No. 5 Stanford (285) to round out the top five.  No. 30 Oregon holds sixth (289), while UC Irvine, the only school to have played the golf course utilized for the regional this year, is tied with CU.

“I’m actually really pleased with our score,” CU head coach Roy Edwards said.  “Just to look it, it appeared we were playing fairly poorly, but as it turned out, we’re right in the middle of things.  It was a good job by the guys of competing and hanging in there when not playing our best.

“The golf course played fairly difficult today,” he added.  “It was downright cold this morning, high 50s with a lot of wind, blowing up near 14-18 miles per hour consistently.  But we’re used that and it didn’t have anything to do with our score.”

What was a factor was that all but one of the teams ahead of the Buffaloes had at least one if not two players score in the 60s; the fourth- and fifth-man scoring averages were 74.5 and 76.7, respectively.  CU had 75s from both Monday, bested by just the top four teams by the fourth and final scorer, while only one school (Kansas) had their final player shoot under a 75, and that was a 74.

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May 13th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU men’s golf team looking to advance in NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002

Related … “CU men ready for regional golf tournament” … from the Daily Camera

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado men’s golf team arrived here Saturday ahead of the NCAA West Regional with the goal to snap a 15-year drought: getting the Buffaloes back to the NCAA Finals for the first time since 2002.

The West/Stockton Regional begins Monday, with coach Roy Edwards’ team getting in a few practices back home in Boulder around final exams and graduation ceremonies.  With those now behind them, the Buffs can now focus on finishing in the top five of 13 teams competing here, which would earn CU that trip to the NCAA Finals.  Colorado has knocked at that door several times over the past 15 season but hasn’t been able to walk through it.

Colorado, ranked No. 42 in the nation (GolfStat; No. 44 Golfweek) is the No. 7 seed in the field, its second-highest since the regionals went to six sites in 2009.  This is the sixth straight year the Buffaloes have qualified for the NCAA postseason, and the 22nd time in the 30-year history of regional play.  The goal of advancing to the championship finals has been the focus of the team since preseason practices began last August.

“I think that is something that has been driving us all year,” Edwards said.  “It’s motivated our work-ethic and our preparation.  It’s not just getting there, it’s doing some damage once we get there, and doing so first at the regional.  We’re going to get to the Finals dependent on how well we prepare and focus through next Wednesday.”

Colorado is coming off its best finish in a conference meet in nine years, as the Buffaloes were the runners-up in the Pac-12 Championships, pushing host Southern California to the brink in ending up just four strokes behind the Trojans.

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CU Lacrosse season ends with a 13-9 NCAA second round loss to Florida

From CUBuffs.com … Mother’s Day started off great for the University of Colorado women’s lacrosse team, but Florida recorded the mother of all comebacks against the Buffaloes here Sunday in rallying for a 13-9 in the second round of the NCAA Championships.

Colorado (14-6), ranked 15th, scored on five of its first six shots in the game to build an early 5-0 lead inside the first six minutes.  It was significant because Colorado had never lost when owning a five-goal or more lead in the five-year history of the program, including 11 previous wins this year.

But Florida, ranked sixth nationally and the No. 6 seed overall in the tournament, shook off the initial CU attack and rattled off the next eight goals.  The Buffaloes were able to pull back to with one just once after that (9-8).

Florida improved to 17-3 on the season and to 11-2 at home, defeating the Buffs for the second time this year in the confines of its home park, and now advances to play at No. 3-seed James Madison (19-1) in the quarterfinals next weekend.

“I think overall we went out there and played really hard,” CU coach Ann Elliott said.  “Sure, we could have done some things a little bit better.  But I thought we stuck with it.  We kept making plays down to the end and giving ourselves chances and opportunities.

“I think the beginning of the game, obviously we had the ball and made some plays,” she continued.  “But they’re a good team and when you’re at this level, you’re not going to blow by anybody and Florida is very good.  I think when they had the ball offensively, they’re big players were stepping up, they were dodging hard and making plays and finishing their opportunities and shots.  That’s what we expected them to do.”

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May 12th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Buffs’ Ben Saarel named Pac-12 Men’s Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado senior Ben Saarel was honored Saturday as the Pac-12 Men’s Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as the conference made the announcement at the start of the annual championship meet.

The award is given to a standout athlete and scholar in each conference sport. To be eligible for this award, student-athletes must be a senior in athletics eligibility, on track to receive a degree, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled competitions in their sport, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and have a minimum of one year residence at the institution.

Saarel, a native of Salt Lake City, is a distance runner for the Buffs. Saarel is an engineering physics major and computer science minor with a 3.97 grade point average.  He is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and the recipient of the 2016 Pac-12 Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.  Saarel holds the Colorado record for the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:38.40. He also earned NCAA All-America honors in 2014 and 2017 for that event.

“Ben’s in a killer major.  Good thing his sport is easy.  I try to be careful what I say around him. Who needs him correcting me in front of the team?,” CU head coach Mark Wetmore joked.  “Other than having class conflicts with practice every semester, he has been a pleasure to have around. I wish I had ten of him. Just in some other major.”

Saarel has nine total All-America finishes, five in track and field and four in cross country.  He is also two-time Pac-12 First Team All-Academic and USTFCCCA All-Academic in track & field.  He has overcome some significant challenges with his health, battling ulcerative colitis throughout his college career.

Wetmore went on to say, “Levity aside, Ben is everything we want at CU; smart, hard-working, humble … plus we can have a great garage sale with all the stuff he forgets in the van.”

Saarel is competing this weekend in the Pac-12 Championships in Stanford in the men’s 5,000-meter run.

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May 11th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Buffs defeat Jacksonville for first-ever NCAA victory

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado senior Darby Kiernan broke her own CU record for points in a game Friday to lead the Buffs to a 23-18 win over Jacksonville, giving the Buffs their first-ever NCAA Tournament win in just the fifth year of the program’s existence.

Kiernan finished with seven goals — tying the CU record she shares with teammate Miranda Stinson — and added five assists to finish with a program-record 12 points. The Buffs built a big lead early, withstood a strong Jacksonville surge, and then put the game away with a 5-0 run down the stretch in the second half.

The 23 goals was a season high for Colorado and the most since a 24-5 win over St. Mary’s late in the 2017 season.

The Buffs had five players with at least three goals. Joining Kiernan with hat tricks were Stinson and Jen Mistretta with four each and Sophia Castillo and Samantha Nemirov with three apiece.

Colorado, which improved to 14-5 with the win, will now meet sixth-seed Florida in a 10 a.m. second-round game Sunday at Dizney Stadium. CU dropped a 16-9 decision to the Gators on their home turf in the second game of the year this season.

“I thought Darby did a great job of stepping up in certain areas and being aggressive and taking advantage of her opportunities,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said. “As a whole, I thought offensively we did a great job of working together and finishing those opportunities.”

WHAT IT MEANS: In five seasons of existence, the Buffs have made two NCAA Tournament appearances and now have one NCAA win under their belts, as well as a Pac-12 regular season championship.

NEXT UP: The Buffs will face sixth seed Florida (16-3) in Sunday’s 10 a.m. second-round match at Dizney Stadium.

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May 9th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s golf advances in NCAA tournament!

From CUBuffs.com … Redemption.

After missing the NCAA Finals the last two years by a single stroke, the University of Colorado women’s golf program flipped the script.

The Buffaloes set a torrid pace early and held on by the skin of their teeth to finish in sixth place at 5-over, 869, at the 2018 NCAA Women’s Golf San Francisco Regional at TPC Harding Park.

No. 26 ranked Colorado’s final round 1-under, 287, was enough to finish one stroke better than NCAA Finals host Oklahoma State and San Diego State. The Buffaloes advance to the NCAA Finals for the second time in program history, May 18-23, at the Karsten Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.

Joining the Buffaloes in Stillwater from the San Francisco Regional will be tournament champion and No. 5 ranked Stanford (-8, 856), top-ranked UCLA (-4, 860), No. 40 Mississippi (-1, 863), No. 32 Louisville (E, 864) and No. 16 Kent State (+1, 865).

“Interesting day for the team,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. “Really proud of them and happy for this group to make it through to the finals. We have been on the other side of the bubble the last two years and it feels good to be on this side.”

Senior Brittany Fan, who spent a good portion of the day atop the leaderboard, was Colorado’s low individual wire-to-wire, finishing tied for sixth overall at 5-under, 211. Sophomore Robyn Choi shot a crucial 69 in Wednesday’s final round to jump into a tie for 13th at 1-under, 215. Sophomore Kirsty Hodgkins tied for 17th overall at even par, 216.

Those three results account for the top three 54-hole NCAA Region scores in team history.

To say Colorado started the day on fire would be an understatement. The Buffaloes scorched the front nine with a collective 8-under for their four scoring golfers. That would be nine birdies, one bogey, and nothing worse, over that 36-hole stretch. The performance vaulted Colorado from ninth up to second, but with a ton of golf to be played.

Colorado couldn’t match its performance on the back, but did just enough to hold its ground. The Buffaloes only had one birdie in that stretch, by Fan at the par-5 No. 12. Colorado’s top trio of Fan, Choi and Hodgkins played the final two holes even to hold the Buffaloes at 1-under for the round.

Colorado, part of the first group to tee off on the day, entered the clubhouse in seventh and at that point essentially waiting on Oklahoma State, which at the time had a one-stroke advantage over the Buffaloes mid-way through its back nine. San Diego State was already in the clubhouse, one shot behind.

On a course where the toughest two holes were down the stretch at No. 15 and No. 18, there was room for hope. Where Colorado saw Michigan make big shots in 2017, and Virginia the year before, Oklahoma State dropped two strokes over the final four holes to tie SDSU for seventh and send the Buffaloes to Stillwater.

“After yesterday (slipping to ninth) our coaches got us in the mindset to be confident and determined or get beat by the other teams,” Fan said. “So we took that mindset out there today. It was a little stressful at the end, but we couldn’t do anything but wait. Once we were done we were just hoping for the best.”

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May 8th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU Defender Sarah Brown drafted into professional lacrosse league

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado senior defender Sarah Brown was drafted on Monday night by the New York Fight, the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League announced.

Brown was one of 25 college seniors who were drafted in the WPLL’s first collegiate draft and will be the second Buff to play in the WPLL during its inaugural season this summer as former CU goalkeeper Paige Soenksen was drafted by the Philadelphia Fire this past February.

“I am so grateful to be able to keep playing,” Brown said. “I’m really excited to meet the rest of the players this summer and to be part of the inaugural season. Right now I’m focusing on the rest of my season with CU, but I’m excited for what’s to come.”

The Boulder, Colo. native was recently named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. She was a two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and was selected to the all-conference first team. Brown leads the Buffs with 32 caused turnovers, which is one shy of the single season record. She is averaging 1.78 per game, which ranks second in the Pac-12 and is 29th in the NCAA. Brown is tied for the team lead in ground balls (51) and is second in draw controls (69). She has been an offensive spark, scoring five goals while adding two assists this campaign.

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CU Lacrosse favored to pick up first NCAA win in five-year history of the program

From CUBuffs.com … Now in its fifth year of existence, the Colorado women’s lacrosse program has made solid, steady improvement every year.

Last year, Ann Elliott’s Buffs earned their first NCAA Tournament berth, but lost to UMass in the opening round.

This year, the Buffs claimed their first regular season conference title, posting a 9-1 record en route to winning the Pac-12.

This week, they have a chance to add the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win. The opportunity comes Friday when 15th-ranked Colorado faces Jacksonville at 2 p.m. in Gainesville, Fla. The winner faces Florida at 10 a.m. Sunday in the second round.

The game will be live streamed on the University of Florida’s YouTube channel.

“(A win) would be amazing,” said CU senior defender Sarah Brown. “It was definitely unfortunate last year. It was amazing to have CU make it, but this year we’re hungry. We’re ready to get that win.”

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May 7th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s golf tied for second place after first round of NCAA regionals; Brittany Fan tied for individual lead

From CUBuffs.com … University of Colorado’s Brittany Fan entered elite company by stepping on the No. 1 tee box Monday. By the time she walked off the No. 18 green, she was alone at the top.

Fan shot a personal-best, and CU women’s golf regional round record, 6-under, 66, to pace the Buffaloes in the first round of the NCAA Stanford Regional Monday at the TPC Harding Park Course.

Fan, only the second Buff to make four NCAA Regional appearances, is tied for the overall lead after round one, joining Stanford’s Andrea Lee and UCLA’s Mariel Galdiano.

More importantly, No. 26 ranked Colorado is tied for second with No. 16 Kent State, after shooting 4-under, 284, four strokes behind top-ranked UCLA, which finished the day’s best round at 8-under, 280. The Buffaloes are five strokes ahead of the all-important sixth spot, which is the cut line to advance to the NCAA Finals.

“One of the best all-around team efforts we’ve had this semester,” Colorado head coach Anne Kelly said. “We have a battle ahead of us and we just need to take this event a day and a hole at a time. The course is a good test of golf – tough but fair.”

Fan’s round was relatively flawless, carding an eagle, four birdies and 13 pars. Her 66 was two strokes better than Colorado’s previous low 18-hole score at an NCAA event, a 68 shot by Emily Talley at the 2012 NCAA Regional at Colorado National.

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First round team leaderboard (national ranking):

  1. (#1) UCLA … -8
  2. (#26) Colorado … -4
  3. (#16) Kent State … -4
  4. (#32) Louisville … -1
  5. (#5) Stanford … -1
  6. Oregon … -1
  7. (#46) San Diego State … +1
  8. (#24) North Carolina … +1
  9. (#40) Ole Miss … +2
  10. (#17) Oklahoma State … +3
  11. (#9) South Carolina … +8
  12. (#33) North Carolina State … +8
  13. (#50) Pepperdine … +9
  14. (#43) California … +9

CU’s Brittany Fan is tied for the individual lead, shooting a six-under par 66. Fan is the 50th-ranked player in the nation, and is tied with players from Stanford and UCLA who are ranked No. 4 and No. 29 nationally. There are 11 players in the field ranked higher than Fan who trail her after the first round …

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CU Lacrosse to take on Jacksonville in first round of NCAA tournament

From CUBuffs.com … For the second straight season, the Colorado Buffaloes (13-5) are heading to the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament as they will face Jacksonville (16-3) in the first round on Friday, May 11, in Gainesville, Florida (2:00 p.m., MT)

The winner of the first round match-up will play the host, No. 6 seeded Florida (16-3), on Sunday, May 13. Times for the games have not been set.

The NCAA field consists of 26 teams. The first and second rounds will be played May 11 and 13, while the quarterfinals are set for either May 19 or 20 at campus sites. The final four will be played May 25-27 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y.

QUOTES:
HEAD COACH ANN ELLIOTT
“We’re really excited. We know that nothing is a given, especially since we did not get the AQ, but I thought we did a great job all season and we are excited to have another game.”

“We have actually watched a little bit of film (on Jacksonville). We do not know a lot. We played them four years ago. We know they are gritty, they are a tough team and they play hard. They are talented and have a lot of different players that can make plays. So, we will focus on that a lot tonight and we’ll figure out that scouting report and what we need to do starting tomorrow to prepare.”

Junior Attacker Samantha Nemirov
“I think it’s really exciting. Last year we got in, but we got out really quick, so this year we are looking for redemption.”

“I think it is awesome to go back to a place we are familiar with and we know the field and the atmosphere down there.”

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May 6th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s Lacrosse coach Ann Elliott named first-ever Pac-12 Coach-of-the-Year

From CUBuffs.com … After guiding the Colorado women’s lacrosse team to the regular season Pac-12 Championship, head coach Ann Elliott has been named the Pac-12 Conference Coach of the Year. Senior defender Sarah Brown was tabbed the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Brown was also named to the All-Pac-12 First Team with three teammates: redshirt sophomore Julia Lisella, senior Darby Kiernan and junior Miranda Stinson. Senior Kelsie Garrison was selected to the All-Pac-12 Second Team.

Elliott has seen her Buffs compile a 13-5 record this season, which included a 9-1 mark in league play, as they head into the NCAA Tournament. CU is averaging 13.78 goals per game, the second best mark in the Pac-12 (30th in the NCAA), and have allowed just 9.28 opponent goals, which is second in the league and 13th in the NCAA. The Buffs have earned top 15 rankings in all three polls and are currently 14th in the IWLCA Coaches poll. This is the second straight season Elliott has earned the conference coach of the year award as she was the 2017 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year.

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6 Responses to “CU Olympic Sports”

  1. Jowa

    Best use of athletic imagery—The Olympic motto, also coined by Rings designer Coubertin, is Citius, Altius, Fortius, which means “Faster, Higher, Stronger.

  2. Bob Kroese

    Congrats to UCCS student, Mirai Nagasu, on being the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics.

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  3. Bob Kroese

    University of Colorado Boulder

    Go Buffs to Arielle Gold! Arielle, a psychology major, just earned a bronze medal at the Olympics for Team USA in the halfpipe.

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    U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team
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    And it’s bronze for Arielle Gold!! 🥉🇺🇸🙌

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  4. VKberlin

    Go Buffs.

    Great coaching staff.

    16-4 last year

    not gonna see a 8 and 12 from this coaching staff.

    Buffs.

    Note: Take a memo up in the Champions Center

  5. buffnaustin

    Sending waves of Good Luck to our soccer team and our Cross Country teams.

    GO BUFFS!

  6. buffnaustin

    Awesome stuff from Simpson and Coburn.

    SKOBuffs

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