Buffs Fall To Sun Devils In Tempe
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Colorado Buffaloes were unable to get much going on offense and fell 20-6 on Sunday to Arizona State at Sun Devil Lacrosse Stadium.
With the loss, CU is now 5-2 overall and starts conference play 0-2. Conversely, ASU improves to 3-2, 2-0 Pac-12, after starting the season 1-2.
"Not a good day for us," coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. "Credit to Arizona State, they beat us in just about every way possible. We have a few days to practice before we head to Oregon and we need to reevaluate every aspect- offense, defense, transition, etc."
"This team is more than capable. We have good players and we have worked hard to build back our culture after a couple of tough years of the challenges surrounding COVID and limited playing/being together. I believe in this team a lot and we have a lot of season left to play. We need to build confidence back by doing the things we know how to do, consistently, no matter the other circumstances."
WHAT HAPPENED: Arizona State scored the first three goals of the game before Morgan Pence put the Buffs on the board, converting on a free-position attempt with 8:01 left in the first quarter.
The Sun Devils responded with their fourth goal at 5:16, but Colorado came back with a free-position goal from Charlie Rudy at 4:23. Unfortunately for the Buffs, ASU closed out the scoring for the quarter with another two goals (6-2) and kept its attack going strong in the second frame.
The Sun Devils shut out the Buffs in the second quarter and scored an additional eight goals to go up 14-2 at halftime.
Colorado came out of the intermission ready. Katie Giordano scored her first goal of the game just over a minute into the third quarter off a pass from Liz Phillips. Then with 7:40 left in the quarter, she found the back of the net again, this time with an assist from Pence.
But the Buffs continued to struggle on defense and gave up three goals in the final six minutes as ASU took a 17-4 advantage into the final frame.
The Sun Devils scored first (13:27), upping their advantage to 18-4. Kasey Braun recorded back-to-back goals as the Buffs continued to try to chip away at the score. Her first goal at 10:32 was off an assist from Chloe Willard, while her second at 7:49 was her first career free-position goal.
Unfortunately, the Buffs were unable to keep ASU from scoring, even in the final minutes. ASU added two goals in the final four minutes of play to end the game 20-6.
This is the first time CU has lost consecutive games in a row this season, both on the road, and Colorado has one more game on the road against Oregon on March 18.
"This isn't new territory for us," Whidden said. "We were in this spot last year. It was a little worse because of poor non-conference play on our end. We will see how we respond this coming week. Things just don't happen for you; you have to make them happen and I think this team has some fight in them!"
KEY STAT: Colorado had one save in the entire 60:00 and used all three goalkeepers. Grace Donnelly started the game and was relieved by Molly Galloway in the second quarter, who was the one credited with the save. Danielle Heintz started the fourth quarter.
UP NEXT: The Buffaloes stay on the road for a match-up against Oregon in Eugene, Ore. on Friday, March 18. It is scheduled for a 6 p.m. MST start and will be televised on Pac-12 Network.
|Points: 9||Points: 28|
|Goals: 6||Goals: 20|
|Assists: 3||Assists: 8|
|Draw Controls: 13||Draw Controls: 17|
|Ground Balls: 9||Ground Balls: 11|
|Saves: 1||Saves: 6|