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January 16th 

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Taylor Kornieck becomes the highest-ever CU draft pick (1st round; 3rd overall) in the National Women’s Soccer League

From the Daily Camera … One of the greatest players in Colorado women’s soccer history didn’t have to wait long to hear her name called during the National Women’s Soccer League draft on Thursday.

Taylor Kornieck, who graduated as CU’s all-time leader in points, was selected third overall, by the Orlando Pride. Orlando, which finished ninth in the nine-team league last season, traded up in the first round to get Kornieck, a 6-foot-1 midfielder from Henderson, Nev.

“It’s surreal,” she said during an interview on the NWSL’s draft broadcast. “I am just so grateful to be here, I’m so humbled to be here. I’m speechless, honestly.”

This is the fourth year in a row that CU has had a player selected in the NWSL draft, and she is the fifth player drafted in the eight-year history of the league.

Kornieck is the first Buffs player taken in the first round. CU’s last first-round pick in a pro league was Nikki Marshall, who was the seventh pick in the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer draft.

“I want to thank the Orlando Pride organization for drafting me and allowing me to live out my dream as a professional soccer player,” Kornieck said at the draft podium on Thursday.

Kornieck also thanked her family and coaches and “my teammates and everybody at the University of Colorado for everything they’ve done for me and allowing me to become the person and the player that I am today.”

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CU ski team in the lead at Nelson Memorial Invitational at Eldora

From CUBuffs.com … Senior Mikaela Tommy won her third straight giant slalom race for the second straight season to power the Colorado Ski Team into the lead after the first day of its own Spencer James Nelson Memorial Invitational here Wednesday.

Last season, Tommy also won the first three GS races in which she competed, becoming the first women’s alpine skier in CU history to win three straight GS races.  CU’s single season record for GS wins is four and last year Tommy became the second skier to win more than one women’s GS race in a season.  Her six career GS wins ranks tied for first in CU history and is tied for second for overall wins by a women’s alpine skier.

Sophomore Stef Fleckenstein continued her impressive start to the season, hitting the podium in third place, her third podium in four races this season and fourth top-five finish.  On the men’s side, sophomore Filip Forejtek just missed the podium in fourth place while Joey Young finished eighth and Teddy Takki 11th.

The Buffs scored 165 combined points to open up a 12-point lead over Utah (153) with Montana State (146.5) and Denver (130.5) both in striking distance as just two of eight races in the meet are complete.

CU’s meet will continue with two more days of alpine racing in Eldora.  Thursday’s slalom races will conclude the alpine portion of the team standings for the Spencer Nelson Invitational and Friday’s slalom races will be an RMISA Qualifier.  The Nordic teams will then get their respective seasons underway Saturday and Sunday in Steamboat Springs to close out the eighth annual running of the meet.

TEAM: The Buffs scored 91 points in the women’s race and 74 in the men’s race to score 165 on the first day of action in the CU Invitational.  Utah (153), Montana State (146.5) and Denver (130.5) are all within 35 points of the Buffs.  Alaska Anchorage (115) rounds out the top five while Westminster (99) and Colorado Mountain (68) are also here competing.

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November 22nd

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU men’s cross country team finishes third at NCAA championships

From CUBuffs.com … On a wet, rainy course in Terre Haute, Indiana, senior Joe Klecker led the Colorado Buffaloes to a third-place men’s finish as he finished as the national runner-up in 30:37 at the 2019 NCAA Cross Country National Championships.

The CU men scored 164 team points to finish third, just a single point behind Northern Arizona in second while BYU took the team title with 109 total points. On the women’s side, Sage Hurta marked her fourth All-America honor as the Buffs finished 10th overall.

Covered in mud and gutting it out, Klecker never left the top-10 in the race through any of the splits. The senior crossed the first 3,000-meters in 8:55, just two and a half seconds from first and in the eighth spot. He moved up one position at the halfway mark as John Dressel momentarily passed Klecker, but in the following second-half, Klecker eyed the lead. He moved up to third through 8,000-meters and made his final pass in the final 400 meters to finish as the national runner-up. His second-place finish is the highest for a CU Buff on the men’s side since Dathan Ritzenhein’s national championship in 2003.

Dressel finished in seventh for the men, giving CU the best 1-2 punch in the nation as the only team with two in the top-10. With the finish, Dressel becomes the fourth CU man to earn four All-America honors in cross country.

Possibly the breakout performance of the year goes to Alec Hornecker, a walk-on transfer from Golden High School. Hornecker began the race in fifth for Colorado in the 89th position through 3,000. In the next 2,000 meters, he began a strong surge to 60th, then jumped all the way to 36th overall by the 8K mark. Hornecker finished 38th overall for his first All-America honor.

Rounding out the men’s top-five was Eduardo Herrera in 55th and freshman Kashon Harrison in 90th. Herrera began the race in 57th and moved as high as 47th through the halfway mark. Harrison started strong in 53rd but faded to 98th by the 8,000 mark. A strong surge made a huge difference in the team points as he finished eight positions higher.

For the women, the Buffaloes finished 10th with 294 team points. Arkansas completed the calendar sweep, winning the championship with 96 points to join their indoor and outdoor track titles from 2019.

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CU women’s soccer fall 1-0 in NCAA tournament to No. 1 North Carolina

From CUBuffs.comJalen Tompkins stood on her head in net, literally and figuratively, for Colorado, but her effort was not enough to extend Colorado’s season. The Buffaloes’ run the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament came to an end at top-seeded and No. 2 ranked North Carolina on Friday. Colorado battled to the end but ended up on the short-end of the 1-0 decision.

Tompkins had a night to remember in her final game in a Colorado jersey. She impressed all 4,235 fans in attendance, making nine saves. The third-year captain finishes her career as CU’s all-time leader in saves (369) and wins (49).

Stephanie ZunigaKelsey AaknesCamilla Shymka and Taylor Kornieck also wrapped up their CU careers on Friday. This graduating class leaves as one of the most successful in program history, having made three NCAA Tournament appearances. Kornieck, who turned 21 on Friday, leaves Colorado as the program’s all-time points leader, amassing 102 career points. She is also tied for the team lead with 24 career assists and ranks second with 39 career goals.

The Buffs finished the year with 12-8-2 record. North Carolina (21-1-1) advances to take on Michigan on Sunday. 

Colorado’s offense faced a tall task, going against North Carolina. The Tar Heels allowed just eight goals all season and outscored the opposition by 51 entering the night.

UNC established control in the first half, giving Colorado little room for error. The Tar Heels outshot the Buffs 10-1 in the first half. Tompkins was called upon to make four saves in the first half. None were bigger than her back-to-back saves in the 17th minute. The first was off a point-blank header that Tompkins stabbed out of midair and push over the net. She followed up with a two-handed save while on the ground, stopping UNC from inside the box again.

Freshman Jade Babcock-Chi got CU’s first and only offensive chance of the night. She fired a shot off in the 22nd minute that was blocked before UNC keeper Claudia Dickey had to make a play on it.

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November 21st

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Second-ranked men’s cross-country team looking for national title; CU women defending NCAA champions

From CUBuffs.com …  For the 11th straight year, the University of Colorado cross country program is sending both the men’s and women’s teams to the NCAA Championships.

Indiana State is once against hosting the championships at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind., this Saturday, Nov. 23. ISU has hosted this meet 12 times in the last 16 years.

“It’s a pretty fair cross country course, I think it’s one that favors us,” senior John Dressel said earlier this week. “We’ve done really well there in the past, before I came here, so I think, going back to Terre Haute, and knowing the history of success that we’ve had on that course, I think we can use that as motivation for what we want to do this week going into the race.”

The day will start at 9:15 a.m. MST with the women’s 6-kilometer race. Then at 10:15 a.m. MST, the men will race their 10k final. An award ceremony will take place following the men’s race at approximately 11 a.m. MST.

Since it is the end of November in the Midwest, weather conditions can sometimes play a factor, although every team has to deal with the same conditions.

“Right now, the forecast is wintery, but it doesn’t look like there’ll be any precipitation laying around,” head coach Mark Wetmore said. “So, it’ll be cold and breezy and maybe some rain coming down or sleet coming down, depending on what weather forecast you see. We like bad conditions, so it won’t bother us.”

The CU men enter the championship ranked second in the country and are coming off a great performance at the NCAA Mountain Region Championship where they were the runner-up to Northern Arizona. NAU ran away with the title, recording 21 points to CU’s 53. BYU, which is currently third in the NCAA, was third at the meet with 56 points. The Lumberjacks enter the meet as the favorite, having won the last three titles.

“The Northern Arizona men are probably the best team in the country,” Wetmore said. “It’s hard to judge the strength of teams based upon the regionals because the teams that are already strong tend to hold people out. I think Northern Arizona held a few of their varsity people out last weekend, as did BYU; we did as well, held out one athlete. So, the scores of last weekend are very indicative of what might happen next week. NAU has been untouchable all year long. I think they are a head above most of the rest of the teams, but strange things happen at the NCAA Championships and underdog teams maybe rise up and heavily favored teams struggle, it’s happened to us. So, we’re still going to race.”

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November 16th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s soccer dominates Northern Colorado, 6-0, in first round of NCAA tournament

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado scored a season-high six goals, by six different goal scorers in its 6-0 win over Northern Colorado to open the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament on Saturday.

The Buffaloes were busy in the afternoon, adding six assists also from six different players. Colorado finished the match with 18 points, the most by a CU team in a tournament match. The Buffs’ scoring output also tied for the 5th best total in CU history.

Senior Taylor Kornieck helped contribute a goal and an assist in the first half. Her assist on the opening goal moved her into a tie with former Buff Fran Munnelly for the all-time assist mark (24). The assist also marked her 100th career point, becoming the first CU player to hit the century mark. Kornieck scored on a penalty kick for CU’s second tally. It was her fourth goal of the season from the penalty spot, setting a new single-season record.

Senior Jalen Tompkins preserved the shutout with one save as the Buffs outshot the Golden Bears 24-6. The shutout was her the 25th solo-shutout of her career, tying her with Jessica Keller for the most by a CU goalkeeper.

The win moves CU’s tournament record to 10-10-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

Up Next: Colorado awaits the winner of No. 1 seed North Carolina and Belmont. The second round will begin on Friday, Nov. 22.

Notes: CU’s six goals were the most since its 6-0 win over Oregon State last season…The team’s six assists tied for the fourth-most in school history…Yarnell-Williams’ goal was her fourth of the season…Kornieck now has 30 points on the season tying former teammate Jorian Baucom for the second-best season point total in CU history…Shymka also added an assist, giving her a career-high three points…Colorado’s four second-half goals tied for the fifth-best half in program history…Colorado is now 6-4 in NCAA Tournament play under Coach Sanchez…CU holds a +10 goal differential over Northern Colorado, adding to its 4-0 win back in September.

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November 1st

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU men’s cross country team wins seventh Pac-12 title

From CUBuffs.com … After a two-year hiatus, the Pac-12 Men’s Cross Country Championship trophy is heading back to Boulder as No. 3 Colorado defeated No. 16 Oregon, 41-57, in an exciting race at Ash Creek Preserve in Monmouth, Ore. on Friday afternoon.

Adding to the excitement of the team race was the fact that CU senior Joe Klecker raced to the individual title, becoming the first Buff to win the title on the men’s side. It’s the first individual men’s champion for Colorado since Brent Vaughn won the Big 12 crown in 2007.

“This is an excellent field, and an excellent conference,” head coach Mark Wetmore said. “There were four or five guys in there that had reason to believe they might win it and Joe’s worked very hard. He’s one of the hardest working athletes I’ve ever had. He’s finished high in this before but this is his first big win and I’m very happy for him.”

The women’s team finished the day fourth overall but still had a decent day with four finishing in the top 20. CU, which entered the race fifth in the national poll, finished behind No. 2 Stanford (27), No. 3 Washington (55) and No. 16 Utah. The Buffs were just three points behind the Utes (86-89) and still finished with a decent score.

PAC-12 CHAMPION: Klecker ran an excellent race in the windy and cold conditions as the temperature was just 41 degrees when the gun went off. Like usual, he was near the front of the pack from the get-go and never dropped back. He took the lead around the midway point of the race. A couple of times it looked like he was about to be caught, but each time he pulled back ahead.

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September 30th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Emma Coburn wins silver in 3,000-meter steeplechase at World Championships

From CUBuffs.com … Emma Coburn ran a very smart and tactical 3,000-meter steeplechase race on Monday, earning her a runner-up finish at the 2019 IAAF World Championships on Monday.

This is Coburn’s third straight medal at an international championship as she finished in 9 minutes, 2.35 seconds, a personal best. She won her first medal, a bronze, at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, and in 2017, she found herself standing on top of the podium with the gold medal.

“It’s important to bring your best at these championships,” Coburn said, “And in the last three championships, I’ve ran a personal best in the final and I’ve come away with a medal. I’m really proud of tonight’s effort.”

The former University of Colorado runner went to the front of the pack to start the race. Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech decided she wasn’t going to wait around and pulled ahead of the pack as soon as she could, which did not surprise Coburn.

“That is how she (Chepkoech) has been running all year,” Coburn said. “The only race she has lost in the last couple of years is when she has ran with the pack and got out-kicked. So I expected that from her. I was really happy that Hyvin Kiyeng pushed the pace for the chase pack. I had vowed to do no work until I was ready to make a move and with about 800 to go, I accelerated and didn’t look back.”

Heading into the second to last water jump, Coburn started to make a move and pushed the pace. She used the water jump to propel her into third and as she entered the bell lap, she was second and would not let up.

Chepkoech had a 50-meter lead on Coburn with about 350-meters remaining and despite Coburn’s best effort, Coburn was unable to catch her and defend her title. But she did finish strong to earn her first ever silver medal at an international competition, edging Gesa Felicitas Krause (9:03.30). Chepkoech finished in 8:57.84.

In other action for former Buffs, Jeremy Dodson finished fourth in his heat of the 200 (20.60), but did not advance to the semifinals. Jenny Simpson, the other former Buff at the championships, will start competing on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 8:35 a.m.

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September 24th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s cross country team ranked No. 1 in the nation; men ranked No. 4

From CUBuffs.com … There was no change in the USTFCCCA Poll this week as the University of Colorado women’s team remained No. 1 and the men’s team stayed at fourth.

The CU women edged out the second-ranked team, New Mexico, in the latest poll by one point. CU recorded 316 points, which included six first-place votes, while UNM tallied 315 points and three first-place votes. Just 10 points behind the Buffs is No. 3 Arkansas, which also had a first-place nod.

A pair of Pac-12 Conference opponents, Washington and Stanford, round out the top five. Washington has a slight advantage (281) over Stanford (280).

The top five of the men’s poll has not changed all season. Northern Arizona continues its strong hold of the top spot with 329 points (10 first-place votes) and BYU recorded 318 points for second. Washington (295) is in third with a five-point lead over the fourth-place Buffs (290).  Just below CU is Iowa State with 287 points for fifth.

In the regional polls the women were ranked second, just behind BYU, and the men were third behind Northern Arizona and BYU.

The Buffaloes will race their varsity teams October 4, at the Joe Piane Invitational, in South Bend, Ind.

CU women’s soccer back into the Top 25; Kornieck earns Pac-12 Player-of-the-Week honors

From CUBuffs.com … Add another honor to the growing list of achievements for Colorado senior captain Taylor Kornieck. The Pac-12 Conference voted her the top offensive performer of the past week, awarding her Offensive Player of the Week honors on Tuesday.

For Kornieck, it is her second career Player of the Week nod. It is the first for her since her freshman year in 2016. Overall, it is CU’s 21st weekly honor since joining the conference in 2011.

Kornieck, a Henderson, Nev., native, recorded six points in two games for Colorado this past week, helping lead the Buffs to a 2-0 record. The midfielder sparked the Buffs early on against Northern Colorado, scoring the first two goals of the match. She added an assist on Tessa Barton‘s goal, CU’s third of the first half. Kornieck tied her career-high with points in the first 45 minutes, marking third-most by a Buff in a single half.

At Denver, she registered another assist in CU’s 2-0 win. It was her fifth of the season and the 23rd of her career. She is now one assist shy of tying Fran Munnelly for first in CU history. The Buffs’ captain now has 17 points on the season (6 G, 5 A) and has picked up at least a point in the last four matches.

Buffs back in Top-25

Colorado’s 2-0 showing last week helped boost the Buffs back into the top-25 of the United Soccer Coaches rankings. CU enters conference play ranked No. 24 in the nation. It is the second time the Buffs have been slatted at No. 24 this season.

Colorado closed the non-conference season with an 8-1-0 record. The Buffs open Pac-12 play at Arizona on Friday.

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September 13th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU soccer loses first game of the season in heart-breaking 3-2 overtime loss to No. 6 Florida State

From CUBuffs.com … An eventful evening between the No. 24 Colorado Buffaloes and the No. 6 Florida State Seminoles sided with the home team on Thursday night. FSU, the defending national champions, needed every last second to hand the Buffaloes the 3-2 defeat, scoring the game-winner in the 10th minute of the first overtime.

The loss marks the first on the season for CU, who now sits at 6-1-0. Florida State improves to 5-2-0.

Senior Taylor Kornieck scored both goals for the Buffs and goalkeeper Jalen Tompkins fended off a barrage of shots from the Seminoles, making nine saves. In the end, Florida State outshot Colorado 28-6.

Each side had a hard time establishing a flow to the match with the clock frequently getting whistled to a halt in the first half. Colorado picked up five cards in the first 45 minutes, including a red that was awarded to the CU bench. The officials handed out eight cards in all, leading to three total penalty-kick goals.

Kornieck scored the first of her two goals off a header in the 29th minute, giving CU the 1-0 advantage. FSU followed up in the 32nd with a penalty-kick goal to into the half even.

The Seminoles struck first in the second half, again on a penalty kick to gain their first lead of the night. Kornieck scored the equalizer for the Buffs in the 65th minute from the penalty spot. Tompkins kept CU in the match late with key save after key save.

Colorado was 12 seconds shy of forcing a second overtime when the Seminoles put the game-winner past Tompkins.

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No. 19 CU volleyball suffers first loss of the season on the road against Colorado State

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado women’s volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season after being swept, 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-21), by CSU Thursday night in a packed Moby Arena.

No.19 Colorado (5-1) hit .000 in the match as the Rams (6-1) hit .341. The Buffs troubles came down to errors, with the team giving away 36 points by way of attack errors (20), service errors (8), reception errors (4) and block errors (4).

The Buffaloes hit negative for the first two sets, combining for just nine kills in those sets. The team turned things around in the third with 11 kills and a .259 hitting percentage, but it couldn’t slow down the Rams who hit .394 in the final set. Three Buffs hit with a negative percentage, while only one CU student-athlete had greater than a .250 hitting percentage. Elissa Alcantara, who came in during the second and third sets, had a .429 hitting percentage with three errorless kills on seven swings.

Justine Spann and Sterling Parker led Colorado with five kills each. Spann hit .087, while Parker went for .105. Parker and Hart each had a team-high three blocks, while Rachel Whipple led the team with seven digs. Jenna Ewert had 15 assists and also had five digs.

CSU dominated behind outside hitter Breana Runnels’ 14 kills with a .520 hitting percentage. She committed just a single error in the effort. The Rams had three individuals hit greater than .430, while setter Katie Oleksak had 32 assists. Colorado State had seven total team blocks and were led in the backrow by defensive specialist Olivia Nicholson with 11 digs.

The two teams reconvene tomorrow evening in Boulder to decide the winner of the inaugural Golden Spike Trophy. The match is set for 6 p.m. in the CU Events Center.

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September 10th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Undefeated CU soccer team (6-0-0) moves into national rankings at No. 24

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado soccer team moved into the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 for the first time this season on Tuesday. The Buffaloes moved up to No. 24 this week, following a pair of shutout wins over Austin Peay and Baylor.

Colorado (6-0-0) had been receiving votes since the preseason rankings. The team is also ranked No. 17 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.

The Buffs held both the Governors and Lady Bears scoreless last week to wrap up the best homestand in program history. CU’s undefeated start matches its best open since the 2013 season. Freshman Roo Yarnell-Williams scored both CU goals last week, recording game-winners in each contest. Austin Peay registered an own goal, accounting for Colorado’s second goal of the match.

Colorado is on the road for the first time this week. The Buffs head to Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday to face the defending national champion Florida State. The Seminoles spent time at No. 1 this season but have gone 0-2 against the Pac-12 this season. FSU is ranked No. 6 for the second consecutive week.

Undefeated CU Volleyball (5-0) ranked No. 19 in the nation; to take on CSU in a home-and-home to decide the winner of the inaugural Golden Spike Trophy

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado women’s volleyball team will take on Colorado State University in a pair of home-and-home matches this Thursday at Moby Arena in Fort Collins at 7 p.m., then 23 hours later at 6 p.m. in the CU Events Center on Friday to decide the winner of the inaugural Golden Spike Trophy.

No.19-ranked Colorado (5-0) rolls into Thursday’s match having just lost a single set all season long. The team swept former No.5 Illinois in Iowa City last Saturday, hitting a dominating .462 against the Illini. Those efforts award CU with a pair of Pac-12 player of the week honors, Meegan Hart as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Jill Schneggenburger as the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.

The Buffs are led by senior Justine Spann, fresh off being named the Co-MVP of the Pac-12/BIG TEN Challenge. Spann has a team-high 68 kills, averaging 4.25 kills per set and hitting .234. She had a career-high .560 hitting percentage with 16 kills against Illinois.

Also for the Buffs offensively, the freshmen duo of Schneggenburger and Sterling Parker has been a welcome addition to the squad. Schneggenburger, named to the Pac-12/BIG TEN Challenge All-Tournament team, had just a single hitting error last weekend and hit an outstanding 12 kills and .661 hitting percentage against Illinois. She has 49 kills this season, averaging more than three kills per set and hitting a team-best .322. Parker has 42 kills and is hitting .274.

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September 1st

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU soccer remains undefeated with 2-1 win over No. 24 Texas

Related … “Buffs Hold on to Defeat No. 24 Texas” … from CUBuffs.com

From the Daily Camera …The University of Colorado women’s soccer team  withstood a last-second chance from the Longhorns and walked away with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

Colorado (4-0-0) scored the first two goals of the game, both in the second half. Freshman Tessa Barton opened the scoring, picking up her first career goal. Senior Stephanie Zuniga added the second.

“I think taking advantage of it just being Sunday and warm, plus the altitude. We wanted to stretch the field a little bit and just link the ball through the midfield and then go forward,” head coach Danny Sanchez said. “I think in the first half we were getting a little impatient, we were just bombing the ball forward. In the second half, we found our forwards’ feet, built our numbers and it was probably a little unfortunate not to get the third goal. When you keep really good teams like that around—well you saw what happened at the end of the game.”

Texas (1-2-0) cut the lead in half in the 73rd minute and continued to press in the final third of the period. The drama intensified in the final second of play when Texas was awarded a penalty kick with 89:59 on the clock. Texas’ Haley Berg stepped up to the ball and rang it square off the crossbar, closing out the match.

“These types of situations happen more often than not. With international rules, there is added time where usually you’ll get one more play in before the whistle blows. Here, that 90 minutes is minutes. We talk about it all the time, you have to keep playing,” Sanchez said. “I thought, once again, that we had a kick that should have been kicked into the stands or by my office, which would have ended the game. Instead, we keep the ball in play and next thing you know they get into the box and draw a penalty. It was a good call, it was a penalty. J.J. [Tompkins] is just so tough and read it so well, so I think even if it wasn’t kicked that high that she would have still gotten it.”

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July 11th

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CU’s Kaitlyn Benner named Pac-12 Woman of the Year

Press release from CUBuffs.com …   Colorado’s Kaitlyn Benner was selected Pac-12 Woman of the Year for the 2018-19 academic year, the conference office announced on Thursday.

Benner becomes the Pac-12’s candidates for the NCAA Woman of the Year, presented annually to a graduating student-athlete who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership. Benner is CU’s first Pac-12 Woman of the Year since joining the conference in 2011.

Benner was a member of the cross country and track and field teams at Colorado. She earned degrees in chemical and biological engineering with a 3.94 GPA. The Superior, Colo., native was named the Pac-12 Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2017 in her final season of cross country and went on to earn the 2019 Pac-12 Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. She is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team six times (three for cross country and three for track and field).

Athletically, Benner recorded six All-America honors. She was a three-time All-American in cross country and helped the Buffs win three straight Pac-12 Conference team titles (2015-17) and four consecutive NCAA Mountain Region Championships. Benner was the Pac-12 individual runner-up at the 2015 championship and recorded three straight All-Pac-12 First Team honors. On the track, she also recorded three All-America honors and was a two-time conference champion. She won the 2015 MPSF 5,000-meter race and the 2016 Pac-12 5,000-meter run.

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June 16th

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CU women’s soccer team finishes with a 3-0 record in tour of France

From CUBuffs.com … The Colorado soccer team closed out its 2019 foreign tour with a 3-0 win over FC Saint. Cyprien on Saturday.

The Buffaloes improved to 6-0 in international play across their last two foreign trips. CU did not allow a goal in France, outscoring opponents 19-0.

Senior Tatum Barton scored a brace and sophomore Emily Groark closed the evening out with her second goal of the tour.

Saturday’s finale was the most tightly contested of the three matches. It took both sides a few minutes to size each other up in the opening minutes. It was Saint Cyprien that broke the ice, putting the first ball on net in the 8th minute.

CU’s first opportunity came in the 12th minute when senior Camilla Shymka put a one-touch volley just wide. The Buffs continued to put the pressure on with Tatum Barton sending a shot wide moments later.

Barton picked up her two goals within two minutes of each other. Her first came in the 22nd minute when she bounced on a rebound and beat the keeper on the left side. She added her second in the 24th minute off a set up from Groark.

Colorado did all its scoring in the first half. Freshman Kyla Ferry put a quality ball on net and Groark was there to finish it off in the 40th minute. The Buffs had a late look to add a fourth goal before the end of the half when Tessa Barton rocketed a shot that was tipped high over the net.

The Buffs made a pit stop on the way to the match, stopping off at beach in Saint Cyprien before heading to the stadium.

Saturday’s match was the most attended of the three. Colorado has had a dedicated group of supporters at all three matches but the local Saint Cyprien supporters came out in impressive numbers.

The team will relax on Sunday in Montpellier before jumping a bus to Geneva, Switzerland on Monday to travel back to Colorado.

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June 10th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU ski coach Richard Rokos letter to skiing supporters

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From CUBuffs.com … Dear CU Skiing Supporter,

Wow!  What a season!  As we begin off-season meetings this month and the scheduling process to prepare for the 2020 season, which will be my 30th as head coach, I thought it prudent to keep you up to date with all that happened this past season in 2019.

While rumors of last season being my final season were premature to say the least, we did say goodbye to Jodi Mossoni, who retired after 17 seasons of being the glue that held the program together.  From helping with numerous Ski Balls and four NCAA Championships, to her day-to-day duties, her tireless efforts will be missed.  We are excited to welcome Sheryl Voth, who has been with the department for over a decade working in various departments.  She will be an invaluable asset to our team and ski family.

… In all, we earned 11 All-America honors, moving the program total over the 500 mark (now 509) and we earned five first-team All-America honors and in our history we’re approaching 300 of those honors (now at 297).  Erik’s individual National Championship gives us 97, more than any other team in the nation, and he also won the RMISA Individual Championship in the freestyle race which marked our 122nd all-time individual regional championship honor.  We had eight All-RMISA performers and Hedda won the RMISA MVP for women’s Nordic.  We also had nine CU Athlete of the Week honors and six RMISA Skiers of the Week.

As we look ahead into a new decade, the fourth in which I will coach, we are also putting to rest one of the most successful decades in CU skiing history.  From 2010-19, we won three National Championships, finished second four times, third twice and fourth once.  We had two more top two and top three finishes than any other team in the country and our average finish of 2.10 at NCAA Championships was the best nationally.  It marked the first time since our historic run of eight straight National Championships in the 1970s that we can call ourselves the Team of the Decade.

In fact, since 2006, we have four National Championships and haven’t finished lower than fourth at the NCAAs with six second place finishes, three third place finishes and one fourth place.  In that 14 year span, no other team has more than 10 finishes in the top four.  We have also hosted four successful NCAA Championships at Steamboat Springs in those 14 years, serving as host more than any other team in the nation, another fact we can be proud of at CU that we have the institutional support to pull that off.

As we look forward to next year, we will be busy recruiting over the summer.  Next fall will look a little different as we will hold our 49th Annual Ski Ball on September 13 at the Omni Interlocken Hotel, earlier than normal.  This season we will be honoring all 20 of our National Championship teams and we hope you can make it to Boulder to help us celebrate.

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June 9th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Dani Jones wins national title in 5,000-meter run

From CUBuffs.com … Colorado’s Dani Jones takes the title in the 5,000-meter run at the 2019 NCAA National Championships as the Buffs vault into the top-10 in team scoring in the final day.

It was a day for the ages as the Buffaloes entered the final day of competition with no team points and left with the second-highest finish in school history. Four CU women placed inside the top-six in three events, including Jones’ national championships and Gabby Scott finishing as the national runner-up in the 400 hurdles. The team’s 24 points scored is the second most, trailing only the 2000 squad that tied for eighth in the nation after Kara (Grgas-Wheeler) Goucher took both the 3,000 and 5,000 titles.

Jones began the race sitting in eighth in the first three minutes as the pack formed and the pace was set. She moved up to fifth in the first 1,600, staying calm and relaxed on the inside. With five laps to go a pack of eight broke off with Jones in fourth waiting for her moment.

New Mexico’s Weini Kelati took the lead with four laps to go. Jones began to migrate towards the front as she moved from third to second with each passing lap. With 800 meters remaining Jones held strong on Kelati’s shoulder looking like it was going to be a cross country rematch.

Around the curve to the beginning of the final 500 meters Arkansas’ Taylor Warner jumped out wide to take the lead, making the move swinging wide of Jones. She quickly covered the move and held the inside rail without allowing Warner to cut her off. The pack dropped down to five and the bell lap was on with Jones on the shoulder of Warner. Warner tried to kick it out with 300 left and make a gap against the cross champion, but Jones held strong and came strong off the final turn with a wide swinging pass. She took the title in 15:50.65.

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June 6th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s soccer heading off to France for three matches

Press release from CUBuffs.com … The Colorado soccer team will head to Paris, France, on Saturday, kicking off its 2019 foreign tour. The tour coincides with the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Buffaloes will leave from Denver International Airport on Saturday and stop in Reykjavik, Iceland, before touching down in Paris on Sunday morning.

The trip is a mixture of business and pleasure for the Buffaloes. CU is set to play three friendly matches during the team’s stay. The first of which comes right away on Monday, June 10, against ES 16 (8 p.m. CEST). The match will be played outside of Paris at Stade JSC Pitray Olier.

The team is scheduled to visit landmarks like Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Le Louvre and Place de la Concorde early in the trip. Other notable destinations include the river Seine and Versailles before transferring south to Montpellier on June 13. The sightseeing wraps up with a visit to Nimes (June 16) stopping at key points along the way.

The Buffs will take in two World Cup matches on the tour. CU will be in Auguste-Delaune II Stadium to see the United States open its tournament against Thailand (June 11). The team will also take in Brazil vs. Australia (June 13).

The team returns to Denver on Monday, June 17.

Be sure to follow the team on Instagram (CUBuffsSoccer),Twitter (@CUBuffsSoccer) and Facebook (/cubuffssoccer) for day-to-day coverage of the trip.

Colorado’s Friendly Match Schedule

DayOpponentTime (CEST)Location
6/10ES 168 p.m.Stade JSC Pitray Olier
6/12St. Denis RC8 p.m.Stade Auguste Delaune
6/15FC St. Cyprien7 p.m.St. Cyprien

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May 29th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU women’s lacrosse ranked 19th in final poll

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado lacrosse team earned a No. 19 ranking in the final Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll of the season, which was announced on Tuesday.

In total, three Pac-12 teams were in the final IWLCA poll. Southern California was 17th and Stanford came in at 23rd.

The Buffaloes advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. CU defeated then-No. 18 Dartmouth in the first round game, before falling to the NCAA runner-up, No. 2 Boston College. This was the Buffs’ third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in six years as a varsity program.

Colorado finished the year with an 11-8 record and placed second in the Pac-12 Conference with an 8-2 mark. Senior Miranda Stinson led the team, and the conference, with 64 goals and averaged 3.37 per game, both of which ranked 17th in the NCAA. In goal, junior Julia Lisella allowed 10.19 goals per game, which was the 19th best mark in the nation. CU averaged 11.74 goals per game and committed just 13.68 turnovers per game.

 

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May 26th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Lucky 13 – CU qualifies 13 athletes for NCAA Track and Field championships

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado track and field program put together an outstanding final day at the NCAA West Preliminaries, adding four more events qualified to the NCAA National Championships.

After the three days Colorado qualified 13 total student-athletes to the NCAA Championships, tying the second-most individuals at an outdoor championship in school history with the 2007 and 1999 squads. 10 women will compete in five events, while the men get three through in three events. CU will compete in 13 total competitions in Austin in two weeks.

“Before each year at this meet I make a projection chart and think if we all have a brilliant day how many get through and if we have an excellent weekend how many get through and I would have to say we exceeded my optimistic projection,” said head coach Mark Wetmore.

The men had a strong evening led by John Dressel in the men’s 5,000. The junior put his body on the line for the chance to compete in the double at Austin. Dressel went out in a slow first heat of the men’s 5,000 and kept himself in the chase as he stuck around sixth with 14 men in the peloton with 800 left. The group dropped the hammer with 700 meters left and Dressel moved into fifth in the final turn. Down the homestretch he was on the verge of getting caught when he dove from two meters out to move from nearly caught in sixth to fourth in the heat and automatically qualifying. His time ended up 14:07.972, flying past BYU’s Clayton Young by five-thousands of a second for fourth.

“It was breezy here tonight and there were a lot of tired people in the race that had run other events, either the steeplechase or the 10,000 so they didn’t want to lead,” said Wetmore. “The people that were fresh felt let’s leave it until the sprint because I have fresh legs and so it was slow. It was very tactical and cagy and then it got winding up with a mile to go. John was among the tired people in there but he raced his heart out and dove at the tape. I’m looking for a way to find the photo, I’d love to see the photo of the finish.”

For the women, the highlight of the night was the women’s 4×400-meter relay going from fifth to third in the final lap to qualify for nationals for the first time since 1996. Dani Johnson and Valerie Welch led off the first half of the relay with huge personal bests of 53.74 and 53.81 unofficial splits, respectfully. Henderson had a strong third leg of 55.22 and handed off to Gabby Scott in fifth who went to work right away. She moved to fourth after just 120 meters and closed the gap on Kansas for the final auto-qualifier spot, passing the Jayhawks in the final 10 meters. She split an outstanding 51.81, sending the women to the championships with the eighth-best time of 3:34.92.

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May 25th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

CU Track and Field team up to eight NCAA Finals qualifiers 

From CUBuffs.com … Two more Colorado track and field women are through to the NCAA National Championships after the second day of competition, bringing the CU total to eight athletes with tickets punched to Austin, Texas.

Gabby Scott and Val Constien both automatically qualified, Scott in the 400 hurdles and Constien in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Constien’s weekend is done, while Scott will anchor the women’s 4×400-meter relay tomorrow evening.

Constien closed out the night for the Buffs and did so in spectacular fashion. She took control of the race from the gun, immediately taking the inside rail position and leading the race to wear out the competitors. Two other athletes stuck with Constien’s lead through 2,600 meters, but by the bell the three automatic spots were decided. Constien’s pace had given the three athletes a 50-meter cushion and at that point she let the two other athletes pass and remained safely behind the duo. Constien crossed the line in a new personal best of 9:44.51, moving her to fourth all-time in school history in the event.

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May 24th 

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU qualifies four to national finals in First Day at NCAA track and field championships

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From CUBuffs.com … It was a busy day in Sacramento for Colorado’s track and field program, but the final event of the day qualified four Buffaloes to the NCAA National Championships in the 10,000-meter run.

The women were the first up for 25 laps of racing, and it was Kaitlyn Benner and Makena Morley that persevered. The two stuck with the lead pack of 11 women a majority of the race until the leader decided to leave the pack in the final 1,600 meters. Eight women remained in the chase pack, allowing Benner and Morley to stick with it to do just enough to qualify to nationals. The two crossed the finish line side-by-side in 33:40.70 and 33:44.72 with Benner placing eighth and Morley ninth.

Next up were the men where John Dressel and Ryan Forsyth found themselves in a much larger group than the women faced. With seven laps to go Dressel was right behind the leader in an enormous pack of half of the field of 48 athletes. Forsyth remained in the top-12 through to 1,600 meters left when Forsyth moved up to 10th and Dressel moved right behind him. BYU athletes pushed the pace and it wasn’t until the start of the final lap that a clear qualifying group formed as seven athletes fell off the final pack of 13. Dressel and Forsyth found themselves near the back of the pack with 100 meters left but another athlete had fallen off pace in the backstretch, allowing the Buffs to cruise in to the qualifying spots. Dressel finished ninth in 29:00.98 and Forsyth finished 12th in 29:03.07. Both men ran personal bests in the race.

The four 10,000 runners that qualified will all have tomorrow off but will return Saturday evening for the finals of the 5,000.

The very first event on the track for Colorado produced the highest qualifying times with Gabby Scott and Eriana Hendersonmoving onto the next round in the women’s 400 hurdles. Scott ran 57.79 seconds on her way to a win in the fifth heat and the third-fastest time of the day. Henderson ran a new personal best of 58.42 seconds and automatically qualified for finals after finishing second in the second heat. She has the 11th-best time going into the 12-person final. Henderson’s time moves her to third in school history in the event.

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CU Volleyball heading to China in June

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado volleyball team will be traveling to Beijing, China, from June 11-20 in conjunction with Pac-12 Global, the conference’s international platform, and the Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC).

“This will be a great experience for our team, and not just from a volleyball perspective,” said head coach Jesse Mahoney. “The opportunity to learn and experience another culture, to interact with other student-athletes half a world away and share the love of our sport, and to have the extra time to bond with all of our new players will all have a huge positive impact on our program.  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The team will take all 19 student-athletes in the program, including nine new to the program this year. The team will have three training sessions and compete in three matches against different universities. In addition, the team will visit several different universities and participate in workshops with the Chinese collegiate athletes and coaches.

CU will also get the opportunity to see the Great Wall of China, Silk Market and Forbidden City in their travels. The team will also hold a youth volleyball clinic.

The team will reconvene in Boulder on June 4 and have six days of practice as well as participate in group research assignments in preparation for their overseas travel.

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May 15th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

From NCAA berths to recruiting to research – CU athletics had a solid spring 

From CUBuffs.com … It’s been a successful spring on virtually every front for the Colorado Buffaloes. From NCAA Tournament berths to school records to great recruiting classes, the Buffs have had some solid showings across the board.

Here’s a quick look at some of those moments that no doubt deserve a second look:

1. NCAA Tournament for women’s lacrosse.

2. Women’s track team makes waves at Pac-12.

3. Volleyball secures top 10 recruiting class. 

4. Excellent first season for tennis coach Danielle Steinberg.

5. Two golfers advance to NCAAs

6. Academic success.

7. Research grant for study concerning student-athlete health.

Also this spring, Danny Sanchez‘s women’s soccer team notched a 2-1-1 record in spring play that included a win over Nebraska and Tad Boyle‘s men’s basketball team is being mentioned in a number of early top-25 rankings.

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May 12th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

No. 1 Boston College ends CU season in second round of NCAA tournament

From CUBuffs.com … The No. 21 University of Colorado lacrosse team was unable to keep pace with Boston College on Sunday afternoon, falling 21-9 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Newton Campus Field.

BC is the No. 2 seeded team in the tournament but is the top-ranked team in all three national polls. The Eagles improved to 20-1 on the season, while the Buffs finish their campaign with an 11-8 record.

“It was a tough game and match-up for us,” head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. “I thought we did a good job in our settled situations of executing the game plan. As we saw Friday night, it’s tough to play when you don’t have possession of the ball. We got beat on draw controls a lot in that first half and we had trouble breaking out the ball. And our inability to give ourselves more possessions really hurt us. And against a good team that can execute, if you give them too many chances, that can really hurt you.”

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May 10th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius … 

Buffs Overcome No. 18 Dartmouth; Advance To NCAA Second Round with 16-13 win

From CUBuffs.com … For the second straight season, the University of Colorado lacrosse team has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after defeating No. 18 Dartmouth, 16-13, on Friday at Newton Campus Field.

“Dartmouth (11-6) is a tough team and is very well coached,” head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. “I thought it was a battle for 60 minutes. The first half went a little more back-and-forth. In the second half, we struggled a lot on the draw and to gain possession, so we were struggling at times and let in a few goals defensively.

“I thought we were able to lock it down a little bit better (later in the half) defensively and then we were able to capitalize on offense, which was huge. So for the amount of possessions we gave up just by losing the draws, I was really proud of our team for continuing to believe and battle.”

The 21st-ranked Buffs (11-7) were led by Samantha Nemirov’s five goals. Five other Buffs scored 11 goals in the victory.

“Offensively we did a great job of capitalizing on everybody being a threat,” Whidden said. “I thought we were a little slow at the start, but when Miranda got hurt, I thought some people stepped up and did a really good job of making plays. And when she was back in there, I though she did a good job down the stretch of finding her opportunities and putting them away. Overall, I think offensively they did a great job as a team.”

In goal, Julia Lisella put on a strong performance, recording 15 saves, which is the third most in a single game for the Buff. CU also caused six opponent turnvers.

“Julia did a great job of standing tall in there and making stops when we needed stops,” said Whidden. “I thought our defense did a good job of trying to collapse on the ball and force some shots in under pressure, which was great.”

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May 8th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU Volleyball Recruiting Class named the No. 10 in the nation

From CUBuffs.com … The University of Colorado women’s volleyball team’s 2019 recruiting class was named the No.10-ranked class in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon.

“This group has the potential to impact the program as much as any class we’ve ever had here at Colorado,” said head coach Jesse Mahoney. “Not only does each player have tremendous volleyball ability but they are all great people who come from good families as well.  Our team can’t wait to get started with them.”

The Buffaloes have added nine new faces to the program, seven incoming freshmen and a pair of transfer students. They are: Jill Schneggenburger, 6-0 OH, Beckman (Tustin, California); Elissa Alcantara, 6-2 OH, Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Florida); Alexia Kuehl, 6-6 MB, Bartram Trail (St. Augustine, Florida); Sterling Parker, 6-2 MB, Alhambra (Martinez, California); Katie Lougeay, 5-10 DS/L, La Costa Canyon (Encinitas, California); Savannah Perry, 5-6 DS/L, Ames (Ames, Iowa); Kelley Levaggi, 6-0 OH/RS, Saint Francis (Portola Valley, California); Leah Clayton, 5-11 OH, East Tennessee State University (Dansville, Virginia); Meegan Hart, 6-2 MB, Iowa State University (St. Charles, Ill.).

Colorado’s 10th-ranked recruiting class of 2019 fills all the needs for the Buffaloes with young, talented individuals at nearly every position. With three incoming freshmen ranked in the top-100 in the PrepVolleyball Top-100, CU adds three talented players up front including a six-rotation outside in Jill Schneggenburger. Count the additions of redshirt junior Leah Clayton as the Big South Conference Player of the Year and Hart, a 6-2 middle blocker that is a former Top-100 Senior Ace, Colorado has depth and talent for years to come. This incoming front row players have great size, skill and athleticism that will fill the holes left by All-Americans Naghede Abu in the middle and Alexa Smith at the pin.

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May 6th

… Citius, Altius, Fortius …

CU women’s lacrosse earns an NCAA tournament bid for the third straight season

Related … “Stinson Named Pac-12 Attacker Of The Year; Five Named To All-Pac-12 Teams” … from CUBuffs.com

From CUBuffs.com … For the third straight season, the University of Colorado Buffaloes (10-7) are heading to the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament as they will face Dartmouth College (11-5) in the first round on Friday, May 10, in Boston.

The winner of the first round match-up will play the host, No. 2 seeded Boston College (19-1), on Sunday, May 12. Times for the games have not been set.

The NCAA field consists of 28 teams. The first and second rounds will be played May 10 and 12, while the quarterfinals are set for either May 18 or 19 at campus sites. The final four will be played May 24-26 at Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Md.

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HEAD COACH ANN ELLIOTT WHIDDEN
We are really excited. We knew down the stretch, particularly in April, that we had to win some games to give ourselves a shot and to get into the tournament is really exciting for us and we are looking forward to it.

We are not going to look past Dartmouth; they are a good team that has been playing really well. They play in the Ivy League, which is a really tough conference with a lot of great opponents. They are strong, they are physical, they are great at the draw. They are very well coached. We know it’s going to be a tough battle and we are really excited to have this opportunity.

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10 Replies to “CU Olympic Sports”

  1. 2019 Womens Volleyball National Championship
    Down goes STANFORD………..
    Down goes USC…………….
    Onward go the Mighty Buffs.

    Up them Buffaloes………………….

    Time for the biggest upset on CU LAX history.

    Bash them Beantowners

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

  3. 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.

    https://www.facebook.com/cuboulder/?hc_ref=ARSMVmYAN-q_mrEx_YPkh4jeozeayyveO0huwsWWVcXWDWbQUWiD9RIxVN_XtKV-q8o&fref=nf

    U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team
    11 mins ·
    And it’s bronze for Arielle Gold!! ????

    https://www.facebook.com/usskiandsnowboard/?hc_ref=ARRhdHR_Y09CTIMhzFCvWFFTzNd_TkBMxcKZpPPDEFthoJ8UmbZIXdimkuwhG5Pclkc&fref=nf

  4. 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

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