Cal Falls At Colorado, 15-5
BOULDER, Colo. – Cal dropped its fourth straight game on Monday with a 15-5 defeat at Colorado in a contest televised live by the Pac-12 Networks. The Golden Bears once again got off to a competitive start and were tied 3-3 when Olivia Dey connected on an unassisted goal with 13:09 remaining in the first half. Nikki Zaccaro (20:38) and Megan Mix (19:38) also had unassisted goals for the Bears early in the contest, while Devon Bayer (23:13), Zoe Lawless (16:09) and Charlie Rudy (14:22) had the first three goals for the Buffaloes.
But Colorado rattled off eight straight goals over a period of 11:36 to snap the 3-3 tie beginning with Rudy's goal with 10:11 to go in the opening period and ending with Rudy scoring her fifth goal of the stretch with 28:35 to go in the second half. Ashley Stokes had the other three goals during the Buffaloes' run while Chloe Ward assisted on one goal each by Rudy and Stokes.
Catherine Roxas ended Colorado's run with an unassisted goal at 23:56 but Rudy answered just 0:53 later at 23:03 with her seventh and final goal of the contest. Quinnlyn Mason came up with Cal's fifth and final goal at 22:31 before the teams played just under 18 minutes of scoreless lacrosse. The Buffaloes did tally three unassisted goals in the closing minutes with a pair from Bailey Hawkins (4:35, 3:07) and one from Sydney Zimmerman (2:13).
Cal managed a slim 11-10 advantage in draw controls to win the draw control battle for the fifth time in seven contests.
After trailing 9-3 at halftime, the Bears made a switch at goalkeeper with Lily Rathbun playing the second half after Riley Drullinger had started. Both goalies had three saves.
Cal (1-6, 0-4 Pac-12) next visits No. 17/18 Stanford (3-0, 2-0 Pac-12) this Friday (4 pm PT) to finish its current three-game road swing. The Bears return to California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley on Sunday for a non-conference tilt with Fresno State (Noon PT).