Buffs Use Strong Second Quarter To Surge Past Harvard
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Playing its first road game of the season, the Colorado lacrosse team put together an impressive win against Harvard at Jordan Field, defeating the Crimson, 12-6, on Sunday.
The Buffaloes led 3-2 after the first quarter, but a strong 4-1 run in the second quarter gave them a 7-3 advantage heading into halftime. CU's defense held Harvard to just three more goals in the remaining 30 minutes while the offense continued to score, adding another five to secure the victory.
CU improved to 2-0 this season, while Harvard is 0-1.
"We are happy to get another win," head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. "Overall I thought we committed to our systems and played hard. Defensively I thought we did a good job minus a couple ground balls and transitions we needed to finish. We did a good job on draws and that helped our effort a lot. We know we need to get better and need to play a cleaner game with less unforced turnovers. That hurt us today despite the outcome and we are capable of doing better. We are excited to be 2-0 but we have a lot of work to do and will focus in on those areas this week as we get ready for a good Ohio State team who is off to a strong start."
A trio of Buffs, Sadie Grozier, Charlie Rudy and Chloe Willard scored three goals. Willard also had one assist for four points, as did teammate Morgan Pence, who recorded a pair of goals and assists.
Grace Donnelly had another strong showing in net, making nine saves. Colorado did a great job limiting Harvard's opportunities, only allowing 18 shots and only 15 of those made it on goal.
WHAT HAPPENED: Rudy recorded the first goal of the game just three minutes in, but Harvard quickly tied it up on a man-up opportunity. The Crimson took the lead, which would end up being its only lead of the game, with 7:11 left on the clock in first (2-1). It was short-lived as Grozier earned her first goal of the day 40 seconds later, scoring a man-up goal on a Harvard slashing yellow card.
Pence finished the scoring in the quarter for both teams, giving CU the 3-2 advantage.
Rudy quickly got things started in the second quarter for the Buffs, converting on a free-position attempt just 51 seconds into the frame. The Crimson got back within a goal at 10:06, but that would be all the scoring for HU in the half as the Buffs went on a 3-0 run to finish the half with markers from Grozier, Willard and Rudy.
Willard started the third quarter with her second of the game off a pass from Pence just 90 seconds in, giving CU an 8-3 lead. The Crimson seemed to gain a little momentum, scoring a pair of goals 45 seconds apart in the 9:00 mark of the third quarter. Harvard was back within three (8-5) when Willard tallied her third goal of the game.
Colorado had everything working in its favor during the fourth quarter. Another 3-0 run, this time from Pence, Sam McGee and Grozier, gave CU a 12-5 lead. Harvard did score in the final minute, but the Buffs walked away with the road victory.
UP NEXT: The Buffaloes return to Kittredge Field for their next three games. The first will be Sunday, Feb. 27, against Ohio State at 1 p.m.
- Grozier now has 10 career man-up goals, which is tied for third in CU history
- Rudy entered the game with 94 career goals and now has 97
- Grozier has 142 career points
- Willard recorded her third career hat-trick in the contest
- Rudy tallied her 19th hat-trick and Grozier had her 18th
- Pence recorded a pair of assists for the first time in her career
- The Buffaloes are now 2-0 against Harvard
- Colorado is 61-10 when scoring first, which CU did against Harvard with Rudy's first goal of the game three minutes into the first quarter
|Points: 16||Points: 8|
|Goals: 12||Goals: 6|
|Assists: 4||Assists: 2|
|Draw Controls: 16||Draw Controls: 6|
|Ground Balls: 21||Ground Balls: 17|
|Saves: 9||Saves: 10|