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Grozier Nets Milestone Goal, Buffs Cruise Past Ducks

Apr 22, 2022

BOULDER – Fifth-year senior Sadie Grozier became the fourth player in Colorado Buffaloes history to record 150 career goals on Friday. She scored game-high five goals as the Buffs beat Oregon 23-12 on Senior Day.
 
Colorado (10-5, 5-5 Pac-12) had 11 different goal scorers contribute to the season-high 23 goals. The Buffs also had a trio of first-time goal scorers in seniors Macaul Mellor and Sabrina Robbins along with sophomore Madeline Pisani.   
 
"It was a special day for us," head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. "(The 15 seniors have) been a good crew that's been through a lot and have shown up for this team in the hard times and grown from it. To be able to honor them in this way with a quick start, to see them play for each other and to see our younger players step up and make plays and how excited they were for everybody throughout the day to make plays was great.
 
"We wanted to get (some of our bench players) in the game and give them that opportunity, and I know that was special to the senior class as well," Elliott Whidden explained.
  
Grozier joins Darby Kiernan (210 goals), Johnna Fusco (172) and Miranda Stinson (171) as the only Buffs to join the 150-goal club. She added two assists, tying her career-high with seven points on the day.
 
Seniors Charlie Rudy and Chloe Willard registered hat tricks for the Buffaloes in the winning effort. Willard's first goal of the game was her 50th of the season, adding to the milestone day for the Buffaloes.
 
"This group is a group that has continued to get better and better," Elliott Whidden remarked. "We had some missed opportunities with COVID and being out, but to see them continue to get better, step up, and have great seasons and a great day today is really special."
 
Oregon (3-13, 1-9 Pac-12) was led by Shonly Wallace's three goals.
 
WHAT HAPPENED: Colorado started the game well, posting a season-high eight goals in the quarter. Grozier scored four in the first and Willard added her first goal, and the 50th of her career, in the quarter. Mellor's goal, coming in her 49th career game, closed the scoring for the Buffs in the period, taking an 8-3 lead after the first 15 minutes.
 
The Buffs kept the pressure on the Oregon defense in the second, outscoring them 7-4. Rudy led the way with two goals. Robbins' goal at 5:35, her first in 39 career games as a defender, capped off a string of five consecutive to give CU the 13-4 lead. CU took a 15-7 advantage into halftime.
 
The game evened out a bit in the third quarter, with the Buffaloes outscoring the Ducks 4-3. Grozier scored her 150th career goal on a free-position goal to give the Buffs a 19-10 lead with one minute left. Senior Liz Phillips added back-to-back goals in the quarter to push the CU lead to double-digits.
 
Colorado scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter to gain a 22-10 lead. Pisani led the way for the Buffaloes, scoring the first two goals of her career in the quarter.
 
"When we get off to a quick start, we usually do pretty well," Elliott Whidded added. "When we don't, we struggle mentally a little bit. That's something we're working on. I think realizing how important today was for the 15 seniors and having a lot of the 15 on the field to start—we had a different energy about us and a different focus."
 
UP NEXT: The Buffaloes travel to Denver next Wednesday to take on the Pioneers at Peter Barton Stadium (7 p.m. MT). Fans can watch the game at cubuffs.com/WatchWLax.
 
"We've got a tough Denver team that we're playing on Wednesday down there," Elliott Whidden said. "They're one of the top-ranked teams in the country. We know we've got to get better. We got to turn this around, celebrate these (players) here, and then turn this around and start focusing on our next step to get this season extended for these 15 Seniors."
 
NOTABLE:

  • Colorado improves to 46-13 all-time at Kittredge Field
  • The Buffs are now 13-0 all-time against Oregon
  • Grozier's goal at 6:54 was her 40th goal of the season
  • Grozier recorded her 23rd career game scoring three or more goals
  • Grozier had her 10th free-position goal of the season in the first quarter
  • Grozier now has 11 man-up goals for her career
  • With her man-up goal at 9:48 in the second quarter, Rudy now has 13 for her career, which is one shy of the record held by Stinson
  • Rudy tallied her 24th-career game scoring three-plus goals
  • With her third goal of the game, Rudy got to 30 on the season
  • Willard registered her fifth career game with three or more goals
  • Mellor set a career-high with 12 draw controls. She had 19 on the season coming into the game, and her previous career-best was six draw controls on Mar. 25 against Stanford

TEAM LEADERS
 

Colorado Oregon
Points: 30 Points: 16
Goals: 23 Goals: 12
Assists: 7 Assists: 4
Draw Controls: 25 Draw Controls: 13
Ground Balls: 14 Ground Balls: 15
Saves: 6 Saves: 8