First Half Of Pac-12 Play Concludes Against Stanford & Cal
BOULDER — After two weeks on the road, the Colorado lacrosse team is back at home this weekend to close out the first half of Pac-12 Conference play against Stanford and California at Kittredge Field.
The Buffaloes host Stanford on Friday, March 25, at 4 p.m. The game will be televised live on Pac-12 Network. Then on Sunday, March 27, Colorado hosts Cal at 1 p.m. That game will be streamed live on Pac-12 Plus.
ABOUT COLORADO: The Buffs are 6-2, 1-2 in Pac-12 play. They are receiving votes in the latest IL Women/IWLCA DI Coaches Poll and the USA Lacrosse Magazine Poll.
CU leads the Pac-12 and ranks 12th in the NCAA in free-position percentage (0.536). Charlie Rudy is 10th in the NCAA in free-position goals per game (1.25) and 26th in FP percentage (0.667), while Sadie Grozier is 20th in the NCAA in free-position goals per game (1.00). Rudy and Grozier are first and third in the Pac-12, respectively, in free-position goals per game.
Grozier is the team's leading goal scorer with 22. Rudy is second with 16 and Morgan Pence is third with 12. Both have 20 points this season. Chloe Willard also has 20 points as she leads the Buffs with eight assists.
Grace Donnelly has started all eight games this season. In 443:24 minutes, she is averaging 11.64 goals-against. Donnelly has made 64 saves this season for a 0.427 save percentage. Her goals-against average and save percentage are the second-best marks in the Pac-12. In the draw circle, Devon Bayer and Kate Burnside have combined for 76 of CU's 117 draw controls. Bayer leads the team with 41, while Burnside has 31.
ABOUT STANFORD: The Cardinal is 5-4 overall and leads the Pac-12 with a 3-0 record. Stanford is ranked No. 24 in the latest IL Women/IWLCA DI Poll and is No. 18 in the USA Lacrosse Magazine Poll. SU started the season 1-4 but then strung together four straight wins, including wins last weekend over Arizona State (19-11) and USC (15-14, OT).
Ashley Humphrey leads the team with 56 points, the fourth-best total in the nation. She has recorded 42 assists (4.67) which leads the NCAA and has 14 goals this season. Annabel Frist is second in point (30) and leads the Cardinal with 25 goals. She is also the team leader in draw controls with 36.
In net, Kara Rahaim has started in all nine games, playing in 491:21 minutes. She has allowed 94 goals while making 84 saves. Her 11.97 goals-against average ranks third in the Pac-12, while her 0.463 save percentage leads the conference.
THE SERIES: Stanford has a 10-6 lead in the all-time series against the Buffs. The Cardinal won both meetings between the two last year. The first game between both teams on March 20, 2021, went to overtime in Boulder. The Buffs lead 9-8 with under a minute to play in regulation. But a turnover by CU with 46 seconds to go gave Stanford the ball back and the Cardinal scored with 22 seconds left on the clock to force overtime. SU scored three minutes into the OT period to win the game, 10-9.
The second meeting in the regular season was canceled due to Covid-19 protocols within the Cardinal program, but the two did meet again in the championship game of the Pac-12 Tournament, May 8, in Stanford, Calif. Stanford won that game, 18-10.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA: The Bears enter the weekend 0-9 and are 0-3 in conference play. They will take on Oregon on Friday, March 25 before heading to Boulder to face the Buffs on March 27. Last weekend they lost to USC (9-19) and played a close game against Arizona State (18-21).
Liz Scott is the leading scoring for Cal with 20 goals and two assists. Amanda Morse is second with 13 goals while Maya Lawliss has scored 11 goals this season. Catherine Roxas and Kennedy Goss have combined for 55 draw controls. Roxas has a team-best 30 while Goss has the second most with 25.
Riley Drulinger has seen action in all nine of Cal's games in net. She has made 69 saves while allowing 144 goals in 472:58 minutes.
THE SERIES: CU owns an 8-2 advantage in the all-time series against Cal. The Bears won the first two meetings between the two programs, but since then, it has been all Buffs. CU won the first meeting in Boulder last season on March 22, 15-4, but the second time the two met in Berkeley, Calif., on April 11, the game was closer, 12-10.
WEEKEND PROMOTIONS: Colorado's game against Stanford on March 25 is the Buffs' annual One Love game for the One Love Foundation. One Love Foundation is a national non-profit organization with the goal of ending relationship abuse. It empowers young people with the tools and resources they need to see the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships and bring life-saving prevention education to their communities. Click here for more information on One Love Foundation.
On Sunday, March 27, against Cal, fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to the game.
HOME GAME INFORMATION: Colorado's home games are played at Kittredge Field unless otherwise noted; 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: Colorado will have an immediate rematch against Stanford and Cal as the second half of conference play begins on the road for the Buffs. CU will take on Stanford on April 1 and Cal on April 3.