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21 May 19
Bonesville: The Authoritative Independent Voice of East Carolina

Gameday: Top Seeded ECU Opens AAC Championship Play Against No. 8 Wichita State; Godwin And Agnos Earn American Yearly Honors…Improved pitching has given WSU baseball confidence entering AAC Tournament…Pirates Earn ITA Community Service Award…ECU golf coach leaves for South Carolina…UNC System, ECU file for injunction against county, Vidant…UCF, USF’s series with Florida, Miami don’t set […]

21 May 19
Mark 4 Libertas

May Madness is upon us! May is where seasons go to die. The process of attrition started two weeks ago with four conferences’ (Ivy League, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Patriot League, Southwestern Athletic) seasons coming to an end. Phase two happened last week as all the remaining conferences regular seasons, except for the Pac 12 and Big […]

16 May 19
Daily Republic

For most of her 2019 outdoor season with the Louisiana State University women’s track and field team, Jurnee Woodward has been running with a heavy heart. Woodward’s mom, Da’Fona Jackson, a psychologist at Laurel Creek Elementary and her No. 1 fan, died in March. Running with courageous focus, Woodward is running faster than she ever […]

09 May 19
BuffZone
Sadie Grozier always has had a knack for finding the back of the net. It’s a habit that convinced Colorado women’s lacrosse coach Ann Elliott Whidden to approach Grozier with a somewhat surprising proposal early in the preseason. The Buffaloes entered the season with seniors Miranda Stinson and Samantha Nemirov wondering who exactly would help them provide scoring punch for the Buffs in 2019. It turned out the answer was a switch of positions for Grozier, a sophomore who previously had spent her entire playing career as a midfielder until Whidden moved her to the front of the attack. As CU gets set to make its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance with a first-round date against Dartmouth Friday afternoon in Boston, Grozier has emerged as s dependable offensive option and, perhaps, a future leader for a team that soon will be forced to replace its top two scorers in Stinson and Nemirov. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] “I think coming into sophomore year I had a little bit more confidence. That definitely helped me be able to help my teammates more with assists,” Grozier said. “I transitioned from midfield to attack, so there was a much bigger emphasis on finishing plays and scoring. I’d never played attack before. I played midfield my whole life. So it’s really a fun, different challenge. It’s a different mindset versus playing midfield because you’re just focused on one thing. It was a good challenge, but I like it.” The Buffs featured a much more diverse set of scoring options a year ago, when Grozier finished with 22 goals while playing in all 20 games. However, she didn’t record a single assist, and the switch to attack this spring has allowed Grozier to expand her game. She enters Friday’s first-round match ranked third on the team in goals (32), points (41), and assists as well (nine). Though Grozier went scoreless in CU’s Pac-12 title game loss against USC that saw the Buffs post a program-low three goals, she matched a career-best with five goals in CU’s semifinal win against Stanford, completing a run in which she tallied 15 goals in six games. “I think Sadie from her freshman year has really made an impact on our team,” Whidden said. “I think her freshman year she was really able to take advantage of the opportunities that were presented. This year as we moved in, we were a different team and a different group offensively. As we looked at things and got going in the spring, she’s just a player that can put a lot of pressure on the defense and creates opportunities as well. And that’s what we needed after losing Darby (Kiernan) and Carly (Cox).” It was a more difficult road to the NCAA Tournament that the previous two seasons for the Buffs, who entered April with a 5-5 mark but went 5-2 the rest of the way. Despite the lopsided loss in the Pac-12 title game, Whidden still believes her club’s April push has the Buffs playing their best lacrosse at the right time of the season. “We have a group that I think is ready to compete and are excited about the opportunity,” Whidden said. “From all of the challenges we had this year, we bounced back. That USC loss hurt a little bit more because it in a conference championship, but every time we’ve had a little time to regroup, this team has bounced back. They believe in themselves and they know they can do better.” No. 21 Colorado lacrosse vs. No. 18 Dartmouth NCAA Tournament first round GAME TIME: Friday, 2 p.m. MT, Newton Campus Lacrosse and Soccer Field, Boston. BROADCAST: TV – ACC Network. RECORDS: Colorado 10-7; Dartmouth 11-5. KEY PLAYERS: Colorado – A Miranda Stinson, Sr., 59 goals, 15 assists; A Samantha Nemirov, Sr., 44 goals, 15 assists; A Sadie Grozier, So., 32 goals, nine assists; GK Julia Lisella, Jr., .485 save percentage, 9.35 goals-against average. Dartmouth – A Kierra Sweeney, Sr., 57 goals, 13 assists; A Kellen D’Alleva, Sr., 20 goals, 43 assists; MF Elizabeth Mastrio, Sr., 40 goals, 19 assists; GK Kiera Vrindten, Jr., .398 save percentage, 11.86 goals-against average. NOTES: CU coach Ann Elliott Whidden has a thorough history with her counterpart at Dartmouth, Danielle Spencer. Whidden was a senior at Northwestern when Spencer joined the Wildcats as a freshman, and Spencer still was with the Wildcats when Whidden returned to her alma mater to begin her collegiate coaching career…The winner will play No. 1-ranked and second overall seed Boston College on Sunday at 11 a.m. MT…CU has never played Dartmouth…The Buffs and Dartmouth had one common opponent this season in nationally-ranked Michigan. The Wolverines won 8-6 at CU on Feb. 24 and defeated Dartmouth at home in double overtime on Feb. 17…CU posted the program’s first NCAA tourney win a year ago with a first-round victory against Jacksonville. Stinson scored four goals in that match.
09 May 19
Daily Republic

Anthony Arias lived up to his All-Mid-South Conference first team selection by throwing six no-hit innings for Campbellsville to open the conference tournament last week. The Tigers (31-18, 11-7) went on to defeat Georgetown (Kentucky), 3-0, though they lost the no-hitter in the ninth, and went on capture the tourney title with victories over University […]

06 May 19
BuffZone
After losing to USC in the Pac-12 Conference title game a week ago, the Colorado women’s lacrosse team understood a little help was required if the Buffaloes hoped to reach the NCAA Tournament for a third consecutive season. That help arrived during the week between CU’s loss in the conference title game and Sunday’s selection show, with very few automatic bids to the 26-team NCAA Tournament stolen by upset-minded upstarts among the nation’s other league finales. And so, after a 5-5 start to the season and several near-misses that cost the Buffs a shot at the Pac-12 regular season crown and set CU on the edge of the NCAA tourney bubble, the Buffs nonetheless will make their third consecutive tournament appearance Friday when they take on Dartmouth in the first round in Boston. “I think we were in a good spot going into the selection,” CU head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. “Obviously when you don’t get an automatic bid you have to wait through the other conference’s tournaments. And I think for the most part they ended without too many upsets or anything. It allowed us a good shot at getting an (at-large) bid.  So we’re excited about that.” CU heads into the tournament ranked 21st in the nation but it was the Buffs’ RPI ranking of 22 following the Pac-12 tourney that put their tourney status into question (CU is No. 21 in this week’s RPI). That tenuous perch grew a little more stable as additional conference tournament results were finalized around the country, and CU certainly helped its cause with an impressive schedule. Eleven of the Buffs’ 17 matches occurred against ranked foes, and while six of those matches were played within Pac-12 competition the Buffs also tackled a nonconference schedule that included No. 9 Michigan, No. 15 Stony Brook, No. 17 Denver, No. 19 Florida, and No. 25 Virginia Tech. That run will continue this weekend. Dartmouth, which CU plays for the first time in its six-season history, is ranked 18th, and the winner will play Sunday against No. 1 Boston College, the tournament’s second overall seed. CU owns a 4-7 record against ranked opponents. “Every year it’s so special, and every year it’s exciting to get this opportunity and to get to this point,” Whidden said. “Every year, in its own way, has its own challenges within it, and this means a lot to me and our players and especially our senior class. I think this year in particular for us was one that we had to battle in a different way. Last year we had to battle a lot of outside challenges, and this year it was a lot more on-the-field things we had, just continuing to grow as a team and fight back. “I’m really proud of this group. Any time you can get to this point it’s exciting and special.”
06 May 19
PhillyLacrosse.com

By Chris Goldberg Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/6/19 The Phillylacrosse.com Girls’ Rankings: Episcopal Academy (16-0) – EA can win the Inter-Ac League outright with wins this week over Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Tuesday) and Germantown Academy (Friday). Radnor (11-4) – The Raiders – who move to No, 2 by virtue of their strength of schedule and wins […]

04 May 19
Welcome

It takes some serious juice to run ZapCon each year. It’s to be expected, considering the classic arcade and pinball convention at the Mesa Convention Center features hundreds of games, all of which, you know, have to be plugged in to play. And while ZapCon co-founder Wes Cleveland won’t cite the exact amount that organizers […]

01 May 19
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Sarah Reyes has had a monumental week for the Menlo College softball team. Not only was the Scotts Valley High graduate named to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference team Monday, she went 3 for 6 with a home run, a triple and six RBIs in Menlo’s 10-5 victory over William Jessup University (WJU) on Tuesday at the GSAC Tournament in Irvine. Earlier Tuesday, Reyes went 1 for 3 with a run scored and allowed three runs on five hits in four innings of relief as the Oaks dropped their GSAC tourney opener to Hope International 8-5. Reyes made the all-GSAC team largely due to her power hitting. During the regular season the senior pitcher/third baseman led the conference with 11 home runs, the second highest single-season total in Menlo history, and also had 36 RBIs. In the pitcher’s circle, Reyes led the Oaks in regular-season victories with 10. The right-hander struck out 49 batters in 115 2/3 innings, both career highs. Reyes earned a complete-game victory in her final home game on April 24, striking out five batters, walking two and allowing just one earned run in Menlo’s 7-2 win over WJU. Reyes also singled and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the contest, which was the nightcap of a doubleheader. In the opening game, which Menlo lost 8-6, Reyes pitched the final two innings, holding William Jessup scoreless. She also had a hit, a run and a stolen base. Baseball Fineas Del Bonta-Smith (Soquel), San Jose State, Sr.: The relief pitcher helped end a 10-game losing streak for SJSU on Monday, earning his third victory of the season as the Spartans defeated visiting Oregon 4-3 in a nonconference game at Excite Ballpark. San Jose State trailed 3-2 when Del Bonta-Smith took the mound with one out in the top of the ninth. He retired the only two batters he faced, striking out one, and his teammates rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth to hand Del Bonta-Smith (3-1) the win. With eight saves this season and 13 in his two years at San Jose State, Del Bonta-Smith is three saves away from becoming the school’s single-season and career saves leader. Zack Jones holds both distinctions, setting the career mark with 15 in 2010-11 – 10 of them in 2011. Del Bonta-Smith hasn’t earned a save since April 5, having appeared in just three games since then. The right-hander blew an opportunity Saturday in SJSU’s 16-inning road loss to Nicholls State (La.), allowing the game-tying home run in the bottom of the 10th inning after the Spartans had taken a 5-4 lead in the top half. Del Bonta-Smith ultimately allowed three hits, walked two batters and struck out none in two innings of work against Nicholls State. Jackson Collins (Monte Vista Christian), Biola, So.: The first baseman went on an offensive tear last weekend, going 11 for 16 with three home runs, eight RBIs and five runs scored as Biola took two of four PacWest Conference games from host Concordia. Collins started things off Friday by going 2 for 6 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored in leading Biola to a 13-3 victory in the opening game of a doubleheader. The Eagles’ cleanup hitter then hit a solo home run in the nightcap, which the Eagles lost 7-5. It was on Saturday, however, that Collins really erupted at the plate: After going 2 for 4 in the first game of a doubleheader, Collins went 3 for 3 in the second game with a pair of home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored as Biola defeated Concordia 8-0. Entering Biola’s final regular-season series against Hawai’i-Hilo, which was slated to start Wednesday, Collins was the Eagles’ leader in home runs (nine) and batting average (.346) and was second on the team in RBIs (32). Tanner Murray (San Lorenzo Valley), UC Davis, So.: The shortstop broke out of a three-game slump in a big way on Friday, going 3 for 4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored in the Aggies’ Big West Conference victory over visiting Long Beach State. Murray followed up that performance by smacking an RBI double and scoring a run in UC Davis’ 3-2 win on Saturday. He went 2 for 5 and scored two runs – including the winning run in the 11th inning – in the Aggies’ 6-5 victory on Sunday, then batted 1 for 4 with an RBI on Tuesday in UC Davis’ nonconference loss at Nevada. Jackson O’Boy (Aptos), UC Davis, Redshirt So.: In his first start since April 16, the catcher went 2 for 3 with a run scored Tuesday in the Aggies’ 6-3 loss at Nevada. Chase Watkins (St. Francis), Cal Poly, Fr.: The left-handed starting pitcher allowed just one run in four innings in the Mustangs’ nonconference loss to visiting USC on Friday. Watkins struck out three batters, walked three and surrendered four hits in a no-decision. Sahid Valenzuela (St. Francis), Cal State-Fullerton, Jr.: The designated hitter/third baseman went 2 for 4 and scored a run on Saturday in the Titans’ home loss to Big West Conference rival UC Irvine. He was also 1 for 4 with a run scored in CSUF’s 4-3 victory over the Anteaters on Sunday. Ian Blair (SLV), Pacific University (Ore.), So.: The right fielder went 1 for 3 with a walk on Friday as the sixth-seeded Boxers lost to No. 3 seed Whitman College 7-1 in the opening round of the Northwest Conference Tournament in Spokane, Wash. Blair helped keep Pacific’s season alive Saturday, going 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored as the Boxers defeated Pacific Lutheran 14-3 in their second game of the double-elimination tournament. Blair did not play in Pacific’s third game of the tournament, in which the Boxers suffered a season-ending loss to Whitworth. Jordan Peabody (SLV/Cabrillo College), Cal State-Los Angeles, Sr.: The second baseman had three multi-hit games over the weekend against Cal State-East Bay, including back-to-back three-hit games on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, after going 1-for-5 with an RBI in the first game of a doubleheader, Peabody went 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored in the second game. He followed up that performance by going 3 for 6 with three RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored on Sunday, helping CSULA win its regular-season finale 12-6. Peabody went 2 for 4 in the opener of the four-game series Friday. Jonah Gonzales (Aptos), San Francisco State, Redshirt Jr.: The left fielder went 3 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored as SFSU defeated host Stanislaus State 10-2 on Saturday in the second game of a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) doubleheader. Gonzales scored as a pinch runner in the first game and had at least one hit in each of the three games in which he batted in the four-game series. Jack Harris (Aptos), San Francisco State, Jr.: The outfielder doubled, walked, drove in a run and scored twice Saturday as the Gators defeated host Stanislaus State 10-2 in the second game of a CCAA doubleheader. Harris was 0 for 4 in the first game, but he did walk and score a run in the 4-3 loss. Harris was 1 for 4 against Stanislaus State on Friday and 1 for 3 against the Warriors on Sunday. Austin Muller (MVC), Westmont College, Sr.: The outfielder played the final regular-season games of his career last Thursday at Arizona Christian, and the second featured one of his best performances of the season: Muller went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and scored twice. He was also 1 for 4 with a run scored in the first game of the doubleheader. Josh Rodriguez (St. Francis), Mayville State (N.D.), Jr.: The 6-foot-8 reliever pitched four solid innings on April 24 to earn a win against Valley City State. Rodriguez gave up three runs and six hits, struck out three batters and walked one. Women’s beach volleyball Madison Dueck (Aptos), Cal, Jr.: Paired with Abby Waldburger at 10th-ranked Cal’s No. 5 spot, she went 1-4 at last weekend’s Pac-12 Conference Championship in Los Angeles. After beating Cierra Flood and Ellyson Lundburg of sixth-seeded Arizona State on Thursday, Dueck and Waldburger dropped four straight matches – three Friday, then another in Saturday’s season-ending loss to UCLA in the tournament semifinals. Dueck entered the tournament having gone a combined 21-5 with multiple partners at Cal’s Nos. 4 and 5 spots. Lauren Matias (Harbor), UC Davis, Jr.: Paired with Heather Reed at UC Davis’ No. 1 spot at the Big West Conference Championship on Friday in Malibu, Matias lost to her opponents from Cal State-Northridge and Long Beach State as the Aggies fell to both schools by 5-0 scores. However, Matias and Reed came close to beating their opponents from Northridge: After falling in the first set 21-15, they won the second 21-16 but were edged 16-14 in the third. With a regular-season record of 7-9, Matias was one of UC Davis’ leaders in victories during the school’s inaugural beach volleyball season. Women’s track and field Summer-Solstice Thomas (Santa Cruz), Williams College (Mass.), So.: The multi-event athlete ran a leg for Williams’s championship 4×400-meter relay team at the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championships. The team’s winning time of 4 minutes, 0.31 seconds helped the Ephs clinch their sixth straight NESCAC title. Individually, Thomas placed third in the high jump (5 feet, 3 inches), 10th in the long jump (16-5¼) and 16th in the 400 meters (1:01.30). Stasia Kubicki (Santa Cruz), UC Davis, Sr.: The pole vaulter won her event on Friday at UC Davis’ annual Causeway Classic dual meet against archrival Sacramento State. Kubicki got over at 12-5½, nearly a foot higher than her closest competitor. Cassie Ackemann (SLV), Southern Methodist, So.: The high jumper placed second in her event Saturday at Texas State’s Bobcat Invitational, getting over at 5-5. Melissa Braun (Soquel), Occidental, Sr.: The pole vaulter took second place at the Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championships in Camarillo on Saturday, clearing the bar at 12-4½. Anaya Ward (Santa Cruz), UC Davis, Fr.: The middle-distance runner placed second in the 800 meters in Friday’s Causeway Classic dual meet against Sacramento State, posting a time of 2:12.98. Chloe Kimes (Soquel), UC Santa Barbara, Fr.: The sprinter placed third in the 400 hurdles Saturday, posting a time of 1:03.53 in a dual meet against visiting Cal Poly. Kimes also ran the first leg of UCSB’s 4×400 relay, which placed second with a time of 3:57.90. Katherine Whiting (Santa Cruz), New Mexico, Sr.: The pole vaulter finished fourth at UC Berkeley’s Brutus Hamilton Invitational on Friday, getting over at 11-9¾. Sabrine Griffith (Santa Cruz), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Jr.: The sprinter placed third in the 100 hurdles at Saturday’s SCIAC championships with a time of 14.80. Nora Griffith (Santa Cruz), Caltech, So.: The sprinter took fourth in the 400 hurdles at Saturday’s SCIAC championships with a time of 1:05.25. Erika Malaspina (Pacific Collegiate), Stanford, Redshirt So.: The pole vaulter tied for seventh place in her event on Friday at the National Relay Championships at the University of Arkansas, clearing the bar at 12-5¾. Matti Peoples (Aptos), UC Santa Barbara, Fr.: The distance runner finished seventh in the 1,500 in 4:44.20 on Saturday in UCSB’s annual dual meet with archrival Cal Poly. Mari Friedman (Santa Cruz), Oregon State, Fr.: The distance runner placed eighth in the 1,500 in 4:31.81 Fiday at Oregon State’s High Performance Meet in Corvallis, Ore. Kaila Gibson (SLV), Portland State, Sr.: The distance runner finished ninth in the 1,500 in 4:32.09 Friday at Oregon State’s High Performance Meet in Corvallis, Ore. Men’s track and field Elijah Marta (Aptos), Kentucky, Sr.: The javelin thrower placed second at the Kentucky Open on April 20 with a throw of 203 feet. Alec Moysov (Archbishop Riordan/Santa Cruz native), UC Davis, So.: The sprinter placed second in the 400 hurdles at Friday’s Causeway Classic meet against visiting Sacramento State, posting a time of 57.71. Sam Schubert (SLV), Cal State Fullerton, Jr.: Placed eighth in the 110 high hurdles in 14.76 on Saturday at UC Irvine’s Steve Scott Invitational. Jake Gill (Santa Cruz), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Fr.: The middle-distance runner placed 19th in the 800 preliminaries in 2:01.06 Saturday at the SCIAC championships in Camarillo. Matthew Founds (Soquel), Fresno State, Jr.: The distance runner placed 45th in UC Irvine’s Steve Scott Invitational on Saturday, turning in a time of 15:59.39. Women’s tennis Caroline Casper (St. Francis), Pomona-Pitzer, Sr.: Ranked fifth among NCAA Division III singles players, Casper won a hard-fought match against No. 26 Catherine Allen of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 7(4)-6, 6-4 on April 24. However, it wasn’t enough to lead Pomona-Pitzer past archrival CMS, which clinched the Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Conference title with a 7-2 victory. Casper will compete in the SCIAC Tournament starting Friday. Softball Bailey Lotz (SLV), St. Mary’s, Sr.: The first baseman went 1 for 6, doubling in the top of the 11th inning, on Saturday in the Gaels’ 16-inning loss to host Loyola Marymount in the second game of a West Coast Conference doubleheader. Lotz was 0 for 3 in the first contest. Lotz also went 1 for 2 in St. Mary’s 8-0 loss to LMU on Sunday. County Connections appears Thursdays in the Sentinel. Contact sports@santacruzsentinel.com if you know of a former Santa Cruz County prep athlete now playing at the collegiate level. County Connections County Connections appears Thursdays in the Sentinel. Contact sports@santacruzsentinel.com if you know of a former Santa Cruz County prep athlete now playing at the collegiate level.  
01 May 19
Anything But E

Now as most of you know, I vowed to write softball blogs every week until the Sox are above .500. Though they have looked much better as of late, they still aren’t over .500 so therefore I have to write another one of these blogs. This week I chose to declare the UCLA Bruins my […]

28 Apr 19
BuffZone
In six seasons since women’s lacrosse became an official sport at the University of Colorado, coach Ann Elliott Whidden has quickly built an impressive national pedigree. The Buffaloes have reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons, doing so the first time in CU’s fourth season of varsity play. The Buffs won the inaugural Pac-12 Conference regular season crown a year ago and have become a mainstay in the weekly national rankings. Winning a conference tournament, however, is becoming frustratingly elusive. On Sunday, CU played in a conference title game for the third consecutive year but encountered a familiar fate, suffering a 12-3 loss against top-seeded USC in the Pac-12 Conference championship match at Oregon’s Pape Field. The Buffs also lost last year’s Pac-12 title game at home against Stanford and lost to the Trojans in the 2017 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship game. USC made quick work of the second-seeded Buffs Sunday, scoring the game’s first seven goals to back its regular season title with the Pac-12 tournament title. The teams had split their regular-season series, with each squad winning on the road. Sunday’s effort produced a record-low scoring total for the Buffs, who previously had never scored fewer than four goals in a game. “USC played really well. They’re strong defensively,” Whidden said. “They’re strong in their zone. I don’t think we had enough people being aggressive and we didn’t do enough to handle the pressure they were putting on us and make good decisions. We had too many costly turnovers at key moments. We lost our composure and we weren’t aggressive enough.” Unlike the aftermath of last year’s title-game loss against Stanford, when CU boasted a much stronger overall season resume, the Buffs will have to cross their fingers to hope for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament that is unlikely to be extended. The Buffs sit at No. 23 in the latest RPI rankings and will need significant help to crack the 26-team NCAA field. CU played a very demanding schedule, going 4-7 against ranked foes, but can probably look at a pair of narrow home losses as the culprit behind falling short of a third straight tourney berth — a 9-7 loss against Denver on March 26 and a 13-12 overtime loss against Stanford on April 12. Whidden said the team would practice this week in case an NCAA tourney berth comes the Buffs’ way when the field is announced May 5. “Things are now a little out of our control,” Whidden said. “We’ve got to see what happens over the next week in the other conference tournaments. I think we’ve played a tough schedule and I think we won some key games along the way, as well. Hopefully we’ve proven ourselves enough to the committee to get an at-large bid. But it’s out of our control and we just have to wait to see how it all shakes out.” USC scored goals on five of its first seven shots on Sunday and limited the Buffs to 14 shots on goal. Three players scored multiple goals for the Trojans, including three from Kelsey Huff. Senior Miranda Stinson led the Buffs’ struggling attack with two goals, and her total of 59 goals on the season is the second-best mark in program history. Pat Rooney: rooneyp@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/prooney07 No. 17 USC 12, No. 22 Colorado 3 At Pape Field, Eugene, Ore. Colorado (10-7)12—3USC (16-3)75—12 Goals — Colorado: Stinson 2, Willard; USC: Huff 3, McMahon 2, Ramsay 2, Miller, Concialdi, Flayhan, Anhut, Donovan. Assists — Colorado: Nemirov, Phillips; USC: Miller 3, McMahon 2, Bakes. Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Colorado: Lisella (60-12-9); USC: Hertford (60-3-11).
27 Apr 19
BuffZone
One win to go. A year ago Stanford denied the Colorado women’s lacrosse team from doubling up on its Pac-12 Conference regular season championship by topping the Buffaloes in the finale of the league tournament — a championship match the Buffs hosted at Prentup Field. In 2018 that loss wasn’t enough to keep the Buffs out of the NCAA Tournament. This year, given the league’s overall status in the RPI rankings, CU likely will need to capture its first conference tournament crown in order to reach the NCAA tourney for the third consecutive season. The No. 22-ranked Buffs put themselves in position to claim that championship with a strong showing Friday night against No. 2 Stanford in Eugene, Ore., topping the Cardinal 16-9 in the second semifinal to set up a championship battle against USC on Sunday afternoon (2 p.m., Pac-12 Network). No. 17 USC, the tournament’s top seed, cruised through the semifinals with a 16-5 win against Cal. Stanford jumped to a quick 3-1 lead within the game’s first five and a half minutes but it was all CU afterward, with the Buffs outscoring Stanford 15-6 the rest of the way. The Buffs scored three consecutive goals twice during the first half and, after a Stanford tally early in the second half cut the Buffs’ lead to 10-7, CU responded with five consecutive goals to pull away. The Buffs received a big game from senior Miranda Stinson, whose memorable day on Thursday included getting named to the Tewaaraton Award Top 25 list for the nation’s top player while also getting drafted by the New England Command of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League. Stinson celebrated those feats by pacing the Buffs’ attack on Friday, finishing with four goals and one assist. Sadie Grozier also enjoyed a big night by matching her career-high with five goals, while senior Samantha Nemirov recorded three goals and one assist. Junior goalie Julia Lisella finished with 12 saves. The Buffs split their season series with USC during the regular season, with the visiting team winning each matchup. USC posted an 11-5 win at Kittredge Field on March 26, but CU answered with the program’s first win at USC’s McAlister Field, getting three goals apiece from Stinson and Nemirov to post a 9-8 win. Pat Rooney: rooneyp@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/prooney07   No. 22 Colorado 16, No. 20 Stanford 9 At Pape Field, Eugene, Ore. Stanford (13-5)        7 2  — 9 Colorado (10-6)     10 6  — 16 Goals — Stanford: Buness 3, Lemos 2, Lew, Gjertsen, Baiocco, McMahon; Colorado: Grozier 5, Stinson 4, Nemirov 3, Willard 2, Rudy, Phillips. Assists — Stanford: Baoicco, Dudley, Gjertsen, Lemos; Colorado: Stinson 2, Rudy, Castillo, Nemirov. Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Stanford: Grattan (55-13-5), Cooper (5-2-2); Colorado: Lisella (60-9-12).