Lacrosse Ready To Open 2021 Campaign On The Road
BOULDER —The No. 24 Colorado Buffaloes will start the 2021 lacrosse season on the road this week, facing a pair of non-conference opponents.
They will start the season on Thursday, February 18, against the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky., at 2 p.m. MT/4 p.m. ET, before traveling to Nashville, Tennessee, for a 10 a.m. MT/12 p.m. ET contest on February 21, against Vanderbilt University. This will be the first time CU has met either opponent and is the sixth tie in program history the Buffs are staring the campaign away from home.
The Buffaloes return 10 starters from the 2020 season which saw CU record a 3-2 mark. Charlie Rudy, the team's leading scorer from that team, returns and looks to pick up where she left off with the rest of the team hungry to make an impact. Rudy recorded 20 goals and added four assists for a team-best 24 points. Chloe Willard and Sadie Grozier each scored 10 goals while Zoe Lawless added another nine.
Defensively the Buffs return starting goalkeeper Julie Lisella. In front of her, several starting defenders return, including Anna Collawn, Macaul Mellor and Eliza Cahill. Another important key this season is the return of Kate Burnside, who has been CU's draw control specialist the last two years.
ABOUT LOUISVILLE: The Cardinals recorded a 5-4 record in 2020 and started the season last weekend against No. 14 Florida, falling 14-7 in the home-opener. The Cardinals scored four goals in the first half and another three in the second half but allowed the Gators to score seven in each half. Caroline Blalock led UL with two goals and five other Cardinals scored one goal apiece. Blalock also recorded both of UL's assists.
Rachel Florek played all 60:00 minutes in goal for UL, allowing 14 goals; but she also made 14 stops. UL had seven caused turnovers in the contest and once again it was Blalock leading the team (3). Florida had a slight advantage on draw controls, winning 13 of 23.
HOW TO WATCH: The game will be televised on ACC Network and a stream will be available as well. Links to the live stream and free live stats are available at CUBuffs.com.
ABOUT VANDERBILT: The Commodores were 4-5 in 2020 and are 0-1 to start the 2021 season after falling to No. 2 Notre Dame last weekend, 19-5. VU was limited to just one goal in the first half and scored four in the second. ND recorded seven in the first frame and tacked on another 12 in the second. All five of VU's goals came from a different player.
Paige Gunning spent 58:07 in net and allowed 17 goals while making 12 saves. Lexie de Roziere gave up two goals and did not make any saves in the remaining 1:53. As a team, VU recorded eight caused turnovers with Melissa Hawkins's leading the Commodores with two. They were close to ND in draw controls, winning 11, while ND won the other 15.
HOW TO WATCH: The game will be streamed on YouTube. Links to the live stream and live stats are available at CUBuffs.com.
UP NEXT: The Buffs will host Denver on Sunday, February 28, in Boulder. That contest is set for a 1 p.m. start and is the first of two meetings this season between the in-state rivals.