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Buffs Host Ohio State Sunday Afternoon

Feb 25, 2022
Senior Chloe Willard

BOULDER — The Colorado lacrosse team starts a three-game homestand Sunday, February 27, by hosting Ohio State at Kittredge Field. Opening draw is slated for 1 p.m.
 
The Buffaloes enter the game 2-0. CU won its home opener against Louisville on February 11 (14-13), before heading east to face Harvard on the road in Cambridge, Mass. on February 20. There the Buffaloes recorded a decisive 12-6 win.
 
The Buckeyes are off to a 3-0 start, collecting wins against Robert Morris (17-5), Cincinnati (18-9) and Marquette (18-11). They will take on Denver on Friday, Feb. 25, before playing CU. This will be the first time CU and OSU will meet, but Ohio State head coach Amy Bokker is very familiar with Colorado as the former head coach at Stanford. She was the coach of the Cardinal when Colorado started its lacrosse program in 2014 and remained there until the end of 2019, facing Colorado and head coach Ann Elliott Whidden 14 times.
 
The game will be streamed live on Pac-12+. Thad Anderson will provide play-by-play and color for the content. The link to the stream, as well as live stats, is available at CUBuffs.com.
 
ABOUT COLORADO: CU leads the Pac-12 and ranks 19th in the NCAA in free-position percentage (0.556). Charlie Rudy is sixth in the country with 2.50 FP goals per game, while Sadie Grozier is ninth with 2.00. The duo is first and second, respectively, in the conference. Grozier's 4.50 goals per game rank ninth nationally and is first in the Pac-12.
 
The Buffs are 24th in draw controls per game (15.00), 25th in shot percentage (0.473) and 32nd in scoring defense (9.50). Devon Bayer is 13th this year in the NCAA in draw controls per game (7.50) and leads Colorado with 15.
 
ABOUT OHIO STATE: Ohio State is sixth nationally in scoring offense, averaging 17.67 goals per game and is ninth in scoring margin (+9.33). The team is fifth in shots per game (38.0) and 10th in shots on goal per contest (27.0). The defense is ranked 23rd, allowing 8.33 goals per game.
 
Nicole Ferrara and Jamie Lasda lead the Buckeyes with eight goals and 12 points each and share the assist lead with Clare Johnston with four each.
 
UP NEXT: Colorado will host a pair of non-conference opponents to wrap up the homestand. Vanderbilt will make its first visit to Boulder on March 4 (2 p.m.) and UC Davis will be in town for a game on March 6 (1 p.m.).