Stetson Falls to Colorado in Buffs' Inaugural Game

DELAND, Fla. The Stetson lacrosse team dropped a 12-4 contest to visiting Colorado on Thursday evening at the Athletic Training Center. Sophomore Mary Kate O'Sullivan led the Hatters with two goals, while junior Samantha Akl recorded three assists in the defeat.

In their first game of women's lacrosse ever, the Buffaloes came out energetic and got out on top of the Hatters at the start. Colorado outscored Stetson 6-0 over the course of the first 30 minutes, outshooting the Hatters 14-5.

Stetson fought back in the second half though, scoring four goals while holding the Buffs to just six goals for a second straight period. The two teams alternated scores for the first 25 minutes of the frame, as the Hatters trailed just 10-4 with five minutes to play.

Colorado added two final goals to leave with the 12-4 road victory. Cali Catagnola led the Buffs with four goals, while Johnna Fusco and Katie Macleay added three each in the win. Fusco also totaled three assists for Colorado.

The 12 goals allowed by Stetson was the second best defensive performance in program history. The Hatters gave up just seven scores to Kennesaw State in their first ever victory, a 19-7 triumph last season.

Colorado finished the game with 25 shots to Stetson's 15, but the ground balls and draw controls were very even. The Buffs led 15-12 in ground balls, and just 10-8 in draw controls. Colorado took advantage of their free positions, finishing 4 of 7. Stetson was unsuccessful on all three free-position shots.

O'Sullivan led the Hats with two goals, the fifth multi-score game of her career. Akl, meanwhile, had a team high three assists, her third time with three or more helpers since the start of last season.

Freshmen Julia Lozano and Lindsay Summers added goals for the Hatters, while sophomore Danielle Horgan recorded the final Stetson assist.

Sophomore Caili Guilday made 10 saves, playing all 60 minutes in goal for the Hatters. She also led Stetson with four ground balls and caused one turnover.

Freshman Sam Maguire led the Hatters with three draw controls, Summers had three ground balls, and sophomore Rachel Dumas finished with a team high three caused turnovers.

Stetson will continue its five-game home stand on Friday, February 21. The Hatters host Cincinnati at 5:00 p.m. at the Athletic Training Center.

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DELAND, Fla. In its first game of its inaugural season, the University of Colorado lacrosse team started setting records early, grabbing a 12-4 win over Stetson here Thursday.

"Going into the game we were really excited," CU head coach Ann Elliott said. "We had a really good walkthrough this morning. I knew the girls were going to come out with a lot of energy and excitement with it being our first game. We were really happy with the way they came out, not just the excitement and energy, but really the focus they had and the determination to really play together and stick to our game plan."

That determination was evident from the beginning of the game to the closing minutes. Colorado edged Stetson in nearly every category. The Buffaloes outshot the Hatters 25 to 15, scooped up three more ground balls (15 to 12) and grabbed two more draw controls (10 to eight). The Buffs defense also stepped up, preventing the Hatters from scoring on any of their three free position shot attempts. (CU was four of seven from the 8 meter.)

In the program debut, Cali Castagnola led the Buffs with four goals off five shots. Johnna Fusco was the top point-getter, with six points off three goals and three assists. Maddie Hunt was strong on the defensive end of the field, causing three turnovers and grabbing two groundballs. In just under 53 minutes, goalie Paige Soenksen grabbed four saves and allowed just three goals.

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