Buffs Come Back in Second Half to Edge ODU

BOULDER Behind a second half surge, the University of Colorado lacrosse team edged its final non-conference opponent of the regular season, taking down Old Dominion 12-10 here Friday.

For the third time in as many games, the Buffaloes battled back from a first half deficit to claim the win. The Lady Monarchs went on a 4-0 run in less than three minutes time to grab a three-goal lead with 11:09 remaining in the first half. Down 7-5 at the break, the Buffs outscored the Lady Monarchs seven to three in the final 30 minutes of regulation. For the ninth straight game, the Buffs have held their opponent to five or fewer second half goals.

ODU outshot CU 24 to 20 and scooped up five more ground balls (15 to 10), but Colorado dominated the draw 17 to seven. Though CU had eight more turnovers (21 to 13), ODU had 12 more fouls, grabbing 32, including 18 in the second half, to CU's 20.

Colorado (9-6 overall, 5-2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) did a great job of spreading the offense, with six Buffs netting goals. Amelia Brown was the top point-getter, recording a hat trick and contributing an assist. Sarah Lautman, Marie Moore, Cali Castagnola and Johnna Fusco each had two goals, while Katie Macleay had a goal and two assists.

"It's nice [to see the strong offense]," CU head coach Ann Elliott said. "You can't rely on just one person to win games. People are going to be off some days or people are going to be keyed on defensively so we need everyone every time we step on the field to be a threat and work the ball to get good opportunities."

In the crease, Paige Soenksen, the reigning MPSF Rookie of the Week for two weeks running, grabbed 12 saves.

Old Dominion falls to 3-10, extending its losing streak to five, with all but their 19-8 loss to then-No. 16 Virginia coming by two or fewer goals. Emily Austerberry led the Lady Monarchs with four goals, all happening in the first half.

"ODU's Emily Austerberry was having a first good half and she was a good shooter so we were trying to limit her touches with the ball," Elliott said. "We put Annie [Morsches] in there to face guard her and hopefully shake things up a bit, at least take her out of the game. That gave us a couple more options at midfield to give our kids rest especially once Amanda [Salvadore] came out of the game with the yellow cards."

The Buffs seemed primed to control the game early, holding possession for around four minutes to open the game, with Moore scoring off a free-position shot 4:15 into the first half. The Lady Monarchs then posted back-to-back goals by Ashmore Standing and Austerberry to go up a goal by the 10th minute.

In just over a one minute span, CU responded with two of its own to take its second and final lead of the first half. First, Macleay connected with Moore and then Fusco went unassisted to put the Buffs up 3-2 with 16:32 remaining.

ODU would grab its biggest lead of the game by 11:09, scoring four consecutive goals in 2:51. Austerberry would score three of her four goals during this run, while the Lady Monarchs scored off back-to-back free-position shots. Colorado finally put an end to the run with 10:21 remaining before halftime. Brown got two of her own, the second of which came from the 8-meter, to pull the Buffs within one.

With 5:30 left on the clock, ODU's Carson Connor, assisted by Jessica Liberty, scored the final goal of the half.

"We didn't switch it up too much," Elliott said on the changes the Buffs made for the second half. "We called a few more set type plays here or there. We really just told our girls we have to dodge hard. We were very slow, very predictable in the first half and we weren't really making them work. In the second half, we wanted to be more of a threat offensively, one-on-one, and get the ball moving."

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2014-04-18



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