Colorado Wraps Up Homestand With Pair Of Pac-12 Contests
BOULDER — Colorado will have a second chance to open up Pac-12 Conference play this week when it plays host to a pair of league opponents.
The Buffaloes will play No. 20 Stanford on Saturday, March 20, at 1 p.m. After the cancelation of their Pac-12 opener against Oregon last Friday, March 12, due to COVID-19 protocols in the Ducks' program, this will now be the conference opener.
Two days later, on March 22, Colorado will host California at 2 p.m. It will be the first game for CU broadcast live on Pac-Networks this season.
Both games will be played at Kittredge Field.
The game against the Cardinal will be streamed live on CUBuffs.com; links to the stream and live stats for both games are available on the lacrosse schedule page.
Colorado (2-2) is fresh off a 14-5 win against San Diego State. The two faced off on March 14 and saw Sadie Grozier and Charlie Rudy each record five goals in the win. They are tied for the team lead with 13 goals apiece, but Grozier has a team-best 16 points with three assists, while Rudy has one assist for 14 points. Julia Lisella has played all 241:15 minutes in net. She has an 8.70 goals against average and a 52.7 save percentage.
ABOUT STANFORD: The Cardinal is 2-0, 1-0 Pac-12, with wins this season against UC-Davis (16-9) and Arizona State (15-9). SU is currently tied for 20th in the IWLCA Poll.
Ali Baiocco has a team-best 12 goals this season, as well as 16 points through two games. Jay Browne has handed out five assists to lead SU and has four goals. The Cardinal has used two goalkeepers this season, each playing a full 60:00. Trudie Grattan allowed 10 goals and made 10 saves, while Kara Rahaim has allowed eight goals and has seven saves.
THE SERIES: Stanford owns a slight 8-6 lead in the all-time series against the Buffs, which includes a 3-2 record in Boulder. The last time the two teams met in Boulder, the Cardinal outlasted CU in overtime, 13-12.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: The Bears are 1-4 this season, which includes a 0-1 mark in conference games. The win was against Fresno State (14-12). There is a common opponent between Cal and CU as both have played San Diego State. CU defeated SDSU 14-5 on March 14, while Cal lost 12-1 on Feb. 28.
Quinnlyn Mason has recorded 14 goals through five games and has two assists for 16 points. Marissa Kuberra and Megan Mix each have eight goals. In goal, Riley Drullinger has played 262:28 minutes. She has a 16.46 goals against average and a 41.0 save percentage.
THE SERIES: The Buffaloes lead the all-time series 6-2. The Bears won the first two meetings in 2014 and 15, but since then, it has been all CU.
HOME ATTENDANCE POLICY: Colorado lacrosse attendance at Kittredge Field is limited to player and coaches families in accordance with NCAA and PAC-12 spectator policies. All other spectators will be prohibited from attending on-site. The game will be streamed for free and can be found at CUBuffs.com.
UP NEXT: The Buffs head out on the road for the first time since their first two games of the season. CU will first head to Los Angeles to take on Southern California on March 26. Then the Buffs will head to Tempe, Ariz. for a contest against Arizona State on March 28.