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Colorado Wraps Up Homestand With Pair of Non-Conference Games

Mar 2, 2022
Devon Bayer

BOULDER — The Colorado lacrosse team wraps up a three-game homestand this week with a pair of contests against nonconference opponents.
 
The Buffaloes face their first ranked opponent of the season in No. 16 Vanderbilt on Friday, March 4, at 2 p.m. It is just the second time the two programs will face off and is the first time the Commodores will play in Boulder.
 
Then on Sunday, March 6, CU plays host to former Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival UC Davis. That contest is set for a 1 p.m. opening draw and will be the sixth time the two programs play; the third in Boulder. Both games are scheduled to be played at Kittredge Field.
 
Both games will be streamed Pac-12+. Thad Anderson will provide play-by-play and color for Friday's game, while Brad Thompson will take over those same duties for Sunday's contest. The link to the streams, as well as live stats, is available at CUBuffs.com.
 
ABOUT COLORADO: The Buffaloes are 3-0 heading into this week of play, which includes a pair of wins at home (Louisville, 14-13-OT; Ohio State, 13-10) and one on the road (Harvard, 12-6).
 
CU leads the Pac-12 and ranks 24th in the NCAA in free-position percentage (0.538). Sadie Grozier is third in the NCAA in free-position goals per game (2.33) and Charlie Rudy is sixth (2.00). Grozier is 40th in the nation in free-position percentage (0.700) and Rudy is 42nd (0.667). The duo is first and second, respectively, in both categories in the Pac-12. Grozier also leads the conference in goals per game, averaging 5.00 per game.
 
The Buffs' defense and Grace Donnelly are both 27th nationally in saves percentage (0.491). Donnelly leads the Pac-12 in saves percentage and saves per game (9.33) and is third in total saves (28). Her goals-against average of 9.51 is second in the conference and is 23rd in the NCAA.
 
ABOUT VANDERBILT: The Commodores are 3-0 to start the season. They have earned a No. 16 ranking in the Inside Lacrosse/IWLCA and USA Lacrosse Magazine Polls after recording wins over Liberty (18-13), then-No. 12 Notre Dame (14-12) and Elon (17-11).
 
Gabby Fornia is the team leader in points with 13. She has four goals and nine points and has added three ground balls. Bri Gross has a team-best seven goals and 17 draw controls. Paige Gunning has spent all 180:00 in goal. She has allowed 36 goals and has made 30 saves for a .455 save percentage.
 
THE SERIES: Vanderbilt leads the series 1-0. This is the second meeting between the two teams. The first meeting was on February 21, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt won 11-10 in overtime.
 
ABOUT UC DAVIS: The Aggies are 2-0 but will face Denver on March 4 before playing CU on March 6. They have defeated San Diego State (16-13) and California (16-5) this season.
 
Alex Agnew leads UCD in goals, assists and points with seven goals, six assists and 13 points. Grace Gebhardt is second on the team with nine points (four goals, five assists) and has recorded a team-best 14 draw controls. Ashley Laing has played both games in goal, allowing 18 goals while making 23 saves.
 
THE SERIES: The Buffs have never lost to the Aggies, owning a 5-0 advantage. They are 2-0 against UCD in Boulder, meeting both times while the programs were members of the MPSF. CU and USD met on April 9, 2021, in Davis, Calif. The Buffs won the closely contested game 16-13.
 
HOME GAME INFORMATION: Colorado's home games will be played at Kittredge Field; admission and parking are free in Lot 416. Overflow parking is available in the RG lot on the north side of the CU Events Center.
 
UP NEXT: Pac-12 Conference play begins on the road for CU. The Buffs head to Los Angeles to face Southern California on March 11 and then on March 13, the Buffs will be in Tempe, Ariz. for a game against Arizona State.