Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Travels South To Face San Diego State And USC On April 18, 20


Stanford faces a challenging weekend as it seeks to secure a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament. The Cardinal must do so against two of the MPSF’s up-and-coming programs, third-year SDSU and second-year USC. Stanford (11-2 overall, 5-1 MPSF) is alive for the No. 1 seed, but would need two Denver losses in two games for that to happen. Week in Review: Stanford is coming off an 18-6 victory over visiting UC Davis. It was the third consecutive victory by at least eight goals by Stanford. The UC Davis contest was the first of three in a six-day period that continues in San Diego and USC. Against UC Davis, eight Stanford players scored two goals apiece to lead the Cardinal attack. The Cardinal built an 8-1 lead in the first 12 minutes. Season in Review: Stanford returned 11 starters and 96 percent of its goals from last year’s team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Stanford has played three teams that  were ranked in the Top 20 at the time of their contests and went 3-0 in  those games. On March 29, Stanford beat No. 6 Notre Dame, 11-10. The Cardinal rallied from a 9-6 second-half deficit with a 4-0 run. Lucy Dikeou sliced through the defense for the winner with 4:05 left. Megan Lerner drew a charge with 17 seconds left to preserve the win. The other games were back-to-back comeback road overtime victories at No. 11 Towson, 8-7, and No. 14 Georgetown, 11-10, on March 7 and 9. Stanford in the Rankings:       IWLCA coaches: No. 13 (No. 12 last week)      Brine media poll: No. 9 (No. 9)      Lacrosse Magazine: No. 12 (No. 13)      Lax Power computer: No. 16 (No. 17)      RPI: No. 13 (No. 13) Friday’s Opponent, San Diego State: The Aztecs are in sixth place, occupying the final spot in the MPSF tournament. San Diego State (6-7, 3-3) is coming off a pair of narrow road losses last weekend, losing to MPSF leader Denver, 12-11, allowing two goals in the final 21 seconds, including the winner with two seconds left. The Aztecs followed with a 7-6 sudden-victory overtime loss at Colorado. Christina Ricciardulli is the reigning MPSF Defensive Player of the Week. She caused six Denver turnovers, had five draw controls and four groundballs. Against Colorado, she scored with 55 seconds left to force overtime. Michaela Jarvis has a team-leading 34 points, on 18 goals and 16 assists. The Stanford-SDSU Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 2-0, with both games being played at Stanford. This will be their first meeting on Montezuma Mesa. Their most recent meeting, a 23-16 victory on April 21, 2013, is notable because it tied Stanford’s single-game record for goals scored. Rachel Ozer scored four goals, and Hannah Farr, Julia Burns, and Lucy Dikeou scored three apiece. The 23 goals tied the Cardinal’s total in a 23-8 victory over Catholic on March 26, 1998. Stanford beat SDSU, 17-11, in their first meeting, in 2012. * * * Sunday’s Opponent, USC: The Trojans (7-6, 5-2) come into the weekend, which begins with a Friday game against visiting Oregon, with a chance to vault all the way to the No. 2 seed for the MPSF tournament. If USC beats the MPSF’s second- and third-place teams in its final two regular-season games, the Trojans will clinch third. And, if Colorado loses at least one of its two remaining conference games (against visiting California and at Oregon), then USC can jump to second and earn a bye into MPSF semifinals. Perhaps topportunity is not surprising for the second-year program. USC, after all, was the preseason coaches’ choice to finish third in the MPSF, and even received a first-place vote.  The Stanford-USC Series: The teams have played once, with Stanford earning a 17-11 home victory on March 8, 2013. Anna Kim and Julia Burns scored four goals apiece for the Cardinal.

Stanford faces a challenging weekend as it seeks to secure a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament. The Cardinal must do so against two of the MPSF’s up-and-coming programs, third-year SDSU and second-year USC. Stanford (11-2 overall, 5-1 MPSF) is alive for the No. 1 seed, but would need two Denver losses in two games for that to happen.
Week in Review: Stanford is coming off an 18-6 victory over visiting UC Davis. It was the third consecutive victory by at least eight goals by Stanford. The UC Davis contest was the first of three in a six-day period that continues in San Diego and USC. Against UC Davis, eight Stanford players scored two goals apiece to lead the Cardinal attack. The Cardinal built an 8-1 lead in the first 12 minutes.
Season in Review: Stanford returned 11 starters and 96 percent of its goals from last year’s team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Stanford has played three teams that were ranked in the Top 20 at the time of their contests and went 3-0 in those games. On March 29, Stanford beat No. 6 Notre Dame, 11-10. The Cardinal rallied from a 9-6 second-half deficit with a 4-0 run. Lucy Dikeou sliced through the defense for the winner with 4:05 left. Megan Lerner drew a charge with 17 seconds left to preserve the win. The other games were back-to-back comeback road overtime victories at No. 11 Towson, 8-7, and No. 14 Georgetown, 11-10, on March 7 and 9.
Stanford in the Rankings:
IWLCA coaches: No. 13 (No. 12 last week)
Brine media poll: No. 9 (No. 9)
Lacrosse Magazine: No. 12 (No. 13)
Lax Power computer: No. 16 (No. 17)
RPI: No. 13 (No. 13)
Friday’s Opponent, San Diego State: The Aztecs are in sixth place, occupying the final spot in the MPSF tournament. San Diego State (6-7, 3-3) is coming off a pair of narrow road losses last weekend, losing to MPSF leader Denver, 12-11, allowing two goals in the final 21 seconds, including the winner with two seconds left. The Aztecs followed with a 7-6 sudden-victory overtime loss at Colorado. Christina Ricciardulli is the reigning MPSF Defensive Player of the Week. She caused six Denver turnovers, had five draw controls and four groundballs. Against Colorado, she scored with 55 seconds left to force overtime. Michaela Jarvis has a team-leading 34 points, on 18 goals and 16 assists.
The Stanford-SDSU Series: Stanford leads the all-time series, 2-0, with both games being played at Stanford. This will be their first meeting on Montezuma Mesa. Their most recent meeting, a 23-16 victory on April 21, 2013, is notable because it tied Stanford’s single-game record for goals scored. Rachel Ozer scored four goals, and Hannah Farr, Julia Burns, and Lucy Dikeou scored three apiece. The 23 goals tied the Cardinal’s total in a 23-8 victory over Catholic on March 26, 1998. Stanford beat SDSU, 17-11, in their first meeting, in 2012.
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Sunday’s Opponent, USC: The Trojans (7-6, 5-2) come into the weekend, which begins with a Friday game against visiting Oregon, with a chance to vault all the way to the No. 2 seed for the MPSF tournament. If USC beats the MPSF’s second- and third-place teams in its final two regular-season games, the Trojans will clinch third. And, if Colorado loses at least one of its two remaining conference games (against visiting California and at Oregon), then USC can jump to second and earn a bye into MPSF semifinals. Perhaps topportunity is not surprising for the second-year program. USC, after all, was the preseason coaches’ choice to finish third in the MPSF, and even received a first-place vote.
The Stanford-USC Series: The teams have played once, with Stanford earning a 17-11 home victory on March 8, 2013. Anna Kim and Julia Burns scored four goals apiece for the Cardinal.

2014 MCLA National Championship Tournament Projected Brackets From Lacrosse Magazine


As the regular season winds down, more and more games become meaningful for each team and ultimately decide if teams will get into their conference playoffs. For MCLA Division I, each of the 10 conferences get an automatic qualifier which means there are six at-large bids up for grabs. After evaluating each conference, the job of the selection committee could be very difficult and there will be some very good teams following the tournament from home.

As the regular season winds down, more and more games become meaningful for each team and ultimately decide if teams will get into their conference playoffs. For MCLA Division I, each of the 10 conferences get an automatic qualifier which means there are six at-large bids up for grabs. After evaluating each conference, the job of the selection committee could be very difficult and there will be some very good teams following the tournament from home.

Projected Bracket

1 – Arizona State (SLC Champ)

2 – Colorado (RMLC Champ)

3 – Michigan State (CCLA Champ)

4 – BYU (At-large)

5 – Simon Fraser (PNCLL Champ)

6 – Colorado State (At-large)

7 – Chapman (At-large)

8 – Grand Canyon (At-large)

9 – Boston College (PCLL Champ)

10 – Sonoma State (WCLL Champ)

11 – At-large (UCSB, Arizona, Westminster)

12 – At-large (UCSB, Arizona, Westminster)

13 – Texas State (LSA Champ)

14 – Florida State (SELC Champ)

15 – Minn-Duluth (UMLC Champ)

16 – Illinois State (GRLC Champ)

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Boys Top 10: #1 Foothill-Santa Ana, Regis Jesuit, La Costa Canyon, Mercer Island And J Serra Catholic


April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 10-1
The Knights enter the poll with a hard-fought 13-12 victory over previously undefeated J Serra Catholic. Foothill-Santa Ana is now riding a five-game winning streak and faces another tough game this week against St Margaret’s Episcopal (7-2).

2. Regis Jesuit (Colo.), 11-0
The Raiders remain atop the rankings with a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Colorado Academy (Colo.) and a 13-5 win over Fort Collins (Colo.). Regis Jesuit has an almost two-week break before taking on Kent Denver (Colo.) and Heritage (Colo.) in a span of three days.

3. La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 7- 4
The Mavericks had a respectable showing in a 13-7 loss to undefeated Georgetown Prep (Md.), ranked No. 3 in the Nike/US Lacrosse National High School Boys’ Top 25. La Costa Canyon also hung tough with nationally ranked Salesianum (Del.). In the final game of the week, La Costa Canyon fell to Haverford School (Pa.), 19-4.

4. Mercer Island (Wash.), 12-1
The Islanders showed they can play with the most elite teams in the entire nation, going 2-1 on their trip to Connecticut. Mercer Island beat Joel Barlow, 12-10 and Xavier, 13-5 before falling to Wilton. 15-12. The Islanders appear to be surging to the playoff stretch.

5. J Serra Catholic, (Calif), 12- 1
The Lions continued their impressive run with a 15-10 victory over Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.). J Serra Catholic then fell in a showdown with Foothill-Santa Ana, which entered the game with only one loss — a tough 14-13 setback to Torrey Pines.

6. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 10-2
The Wildcats extended their winning streak to six games with victories over Serra San-Mateo (Calif.) and Redwood (Calif.). St. Ignatius plays one more in-state game against De La Salle (Calif.) before traveling East to take on St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) and Salesianum.

7. Bellarmine Prep (Calif.), 10-1
The Bells won their third consecutive game with a dominant 18-2 victory over Archbishop Mitty (Calif.). Bellarmine takes on Foothill and St. Francis (Calif.) this week before another 10-day layoff.

8. West Linn (Ore.) 5-0
The Lions extended their winning steak to five games with a solid 9-7 victory over Jesuit Portland (Ore.). West Linn and Oregon Episcopal (Ore.) have established themselves as the class of the state. Unfortunately, the teams do not play in the regular season.

9. Arapahoe (Colo.), 9-1
The Warriors bounced back from their loss to top-ranked Regis Jesuit with dominant victories over San Clemente (Colo.) and Lincoln (Colo.). Arapahoe faces another big test this week against No. 9 Cherry Creek (Colo.) as they head to the playoff stretch.

10. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 8-2
The Bruins returned from Maryland and took down Cherokee Trail (Colo.), San Clemente (Colo.) and Eaglecrest (Colo.). Cherry Creek faces off with Arapahoe this week in a game that will have huge playoff implications as far as seeding.

Notes

Teams from Washington State showed they can play with anyone in the nation last week. Mercer Island traveled to Connecticut and beat Joel Barlow, 12-10, Xavier, 13-5 before losing to Wilton, 15-12, in a shootout. Issaquah finished 2-1 on its long trip to Texas. The Eagles beat Vandegrift (Texas), 9-5, and then knocked off Westlake (Texas), 7-4. Issaquah suffered a loss in the final game, 10-9, to Austin (Texas). Issaquah is now 9-2 on the season with its only other loss to Faith Lutheran of Nevada. Along with Bellevue (10-1), the playoffs in Washington State should be an interesting affair. Eastside Catholic (Wash.) ran their unbeaten streak to nine with a dominant 17-2 victory over Emerald Ridge-Puyallup (Wash.). Eastside Catholic plays back-to-back games against Mount Si (Wash.) and Auburn-Riverside (Wash.) before getting a 13-day break.

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West Linn (Ore.) knocked state rival Jesuit-Portland, 9-7, in the Fritz Hayes Classic, which honors a former longtime local, lacrosse official who was killed during a home invasion two years ago. All four of last year’s Oregon semifinalists – West Linn, Jesuit-Portland, Lakeside (Ore.) and Beaverton (Ore.) – all participated in the tournament. Colin Squires scored what proved to be the game-in winner with just over a minute left in regulation for West Linn, which improved to 5-0 on the season. Jack Sweitzer led Jesuit with two goals. West Linn also knocked off Portland Jesuit in the state semifinals last season. In the other game, Holden Catlett had three goals to lead defending state champion Lakeridge to a dominant 12-1 victory over Beaverton. The Pacers (7-3) beat West Linn, 15-7, in the finals last season.

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Waterford (Utah) defenseman Jacob Mika might have scored the goal of the year in high school lacrosse. As time expired in the first quarter against Riverton (Utah), Mika picked a loose ball in front of his own goal and then heaved the ball their entire length of the field over the Riverton goalie’s head and into the goal. Waterford won the game 17-3 and is 6-1 on the season

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region High School Girls Top 10: #1 Foothill-Santa Ana, Chatfield, West Linn, Bishop’s School, Amador Valley And Centauraus


April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

1. Foothill-Santa Ana (Calif.), 10-1
The Knights remain atop the poll with some impressive victories. Foothill-Santa Ana had three convincing victories last week over Newport Harbor (Calif.), 14-4, Valencia (Calif.), 15-4, and Beckman (Calif.), 18-3. Defense has been the key for the Knights and they’ve continued to get better every game.

Editor’s Note: Foothill-Santa Ana lost its first game of the season on Tuesday, after this piece was written and submitted.

2. Chatfield (Colo.), 8-0
The Chargers remained undefeated by dominating Green Mountain (Colo.) and Mullen (Colo.). Chatfield is on its way to putting together one of the most impressive seasons in program history. The Chargers play three in-state games this week against Conifer (Colo.), Golden (Colo.) and Cherokee Trail (Colo.).

3. West Linn (Ore.), 7-0
The Lions passed their biggest test of the young season with a 15-11 victory over rival Lake Oswego (Ore.). Natalie Byrne led the way with nine goals. West Linn then followed that up with victories over Clackmas (Ore.) and Canby (Ore.), outscoring them by a combined 33-1. The Lions have a tough game this week against Oregon Episcopal (5-1).

4. The Bishop’s School (Calif.) 6-0
The Knights resumed play after a five-day break with a convincing 18-4 victory over La Jolla Country Day School (Calif.) in conference play. The Bishop’s School can continue to crate more separation in the league this week with a game against Pacific Ridge (Calif.), which is 3-5 on the season.

5. Amador Valley (Calif.), 10 -1
The Dons have won five consecutive games, including an impressive 13-11 victory over St. Ignatius (Calif.). Amador Valley followed that up with a thrilling 7-6 victory over Carondelet (Calif.) in five overtimes.

6. Centaurus (Colo.), 9-1
The Warriors won the showdown of the week in Colorado with a convincing 17-9 victory over previously undefeated Air Academy (Colo.). Centaurus pulled way by scoring nine of the game’s final 10 goals. Sarah Brown (Colorado) led the way with five goals. The Warriors followed that up with victories over St. Mary’s Academy (Colo.) and Kent Denver (Colo.).

7. Denver East (Colo.), 8-0
The Angels continued their impressive run to open the season. Denver East remained unbeaten with victories over Thomson Valley (Colo.), 8-7, Kennedy (Colo.), 21-1, and Dakota Ridge (Colo.), 25-6. The Angels have a tough test this week against Colorado Academy (Colo.), which is 7-1.

8. Air Academy (Colo.), 6-1
The Kadets suffered their first loss of the season, 17-9, to rival Centaurus. Air Academy actually took an 8-7 lead midway through the second half before the Warriors put together an impressive rally. Air Academy bounced back with a 16-6 victory over Palmer Ridge (Colo.).

9. Carondelet (Calif.), 7-3
The Cougars knocked off Menlo School (Calif.) 17-7. Maddie Castelein, Corinne Lafayette and Mia Maloney each had three goals. Carondelet then suffered a heart-breaking 7-6 loss to former No. 1 Amador Valley (Calif.). The Cougars look to bounce back with a tough game against Los Alamitos (8-3) this week before hitting the road for some out-of-state competition, including a game against Loyola Academy (Ill.).

10. Los Alamitos (Calif.), 8-3
The Griffins enter the poll on the heals of three-straight victories. Los Alamitos knocked off perennial power La Costa Canyon (Calif.), 12-10, and the picked up a 12-11 victory over Cherry Creek (Colo.). The Griffins got another signature win, 18-13, over Mater Dei (Calif.).

Notes

West Linn showed the balance of power has not shifted in Oregon this season. The defending state champions knocked off rival Lake Oswego, 15-11, in a battle of the area’s top programs. It was Lake Oswego’s first loss at home in three years.

Sophomore Natalie Byrne rose to the occasion again scoring nine goals on just 12 shots and adding two assists. She also had six goals in last season’s state championship 19-13 victory over Lake Oswego. Mariah Gatti and Hanna Morford each scored three goals for West Linn, which is 7-0 on the season. Lexi Cheetham and Lilly Newman, each had four goals for Lake Oswego.

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Eastside Catholic (Wash.) has one of the most balanced teams in Seattle and have created matchup problems for teams all season. In a 13-5 victory over Seattle Prep last week, Eastside Catholic over came four unanswered goals in the first half to pull away. The Crusaders held Prep scoreless in the second half, while scoring seven goals. Valerie Vachris finished with five goals, while Maddie Banks had four and Tristana Leist added three. Eastside Catholic is now 6-1-1 and will face a big test against undefeated Lakeside (5-0-1) this week.

Latest MCLA Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Poll Features #1 Arizona State Followed By Colorado, BYU, Colorado State, Chapman And Grand Canyon


April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014

MCLA Men's Lacrosse Poll April 15

Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Hosts UC Davis On April 15 In Key MPSF Stretch Drive Game


Stanford would draw closer to clinching a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament spot with a victory over UC Davis on Tuesday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in a 7 p.m. contest. The No. 13 Cardinal (10-2 overall, 4-1 MPSF) is coming off an impressive 15-7 victory over Oregon and has four games remaining in the regular season. Six of the MPSF’s teams qualify for the conference tournament and the Cardinal is on the verge of clinching a spot, but first must get past the Aggies (6-7, 1-5), a team that earned a stunning 15-14 overtime victory over the Cardinal last year in Davis. Week in Review: Lucy Dikeou scored four goals to lead Stanford to a 15-7 road victory over Oregon, which came into the game without a loss in MPSF play. Adrienne Anderson did a superb job of marking Oregon’s Shannon Propst, who came into the game as one of the nation’s leading scorers. Propst was limited to two goals, and one was on a free position after being fouled by a different player. Hannah Farr had six draw controls for Stanford, which improved to 6-0 on the road. Scoring Streak: Lucy Dikeou has scored 10 goals in her past three games. She has 11 in her previous eight games and she has scored at least a point in all 11 games that she has played. Dikeou’s streak:  four against Notre Dame, three against Denver, and four against Oregon. She did not play against Colorado. The MPSF Race: At 4-1, Stanford is tied with Oregon for second place behind Denver (7-0). To earn the No. 1 seed in the six-team MPSF tournament, Stanford would need to win its final four regular-season games and require Denver to lose its last two – against visiting Cal on Friday and at Oregon on April 25. While one more victory may earn Stanford a spot in the MPSF tournament, two would clinch it.  Tuesday’s Opponent, UC Davis: The Aggies (6-7, 1-5) are coming off an 8-4 loss at Oregon on Sunday. The loss was the fourth consecutive for UC Davis, which takes on Stanford in the middle of a three-game-in-six-day stretch. Junior midfielder Elizabeth Landry is the team scoring leader with 34 goals, 12 assists, and 51 draw controls.  The Stanford-UC Davis Series: UC Davis broke a 19-game losing streak in the series when  the Aggies stunned Stanford last year, 15-14. Elizabeth Datino scored with 2.5 seconds left in overtime for the winner. It also was the first time UCD had ever beaten a team ranked in the IWLCA Top 20. Stanford has not lost at home to the Aggies since 1997 and holds a 23-4 overall series lead.

Stanford would draw closer to clinching a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament spot with a victory over UC Davis on Tuesday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium in a 7 p.m. contest. The No. 13 Cardinal (10-2 overall, 4-1 MPSF) is coming off an impressive 15-7 victory over Oregon and has four games remaining in the regular season. Six of the MPSF’s teams qualify for the conference tournament and the Cardinal is on the verge of clinching a spot, but first must get past the Aggies (6-7, 1-5), a team that earned a stunning 15-14 overtime victory over the Cardinal last year in Davis.
Week in Review: Lucy Dikeou scored four goals to lead Stanford to a 15-7 road victory over Oregon, which came into the game without a loss in MPSF play. Adrienne Anderson did a superb job of marking Oregon’s Shannon Propst, who came into the game as one of the nation’s leading scorers. Propst was limited to two goals, and one was on a free position after being fouled by a different player. Hannah Farr had six draw controls for Stanford, which improved to 6-0 on the road.
Scoring Streak: Lucy Dikeou has scored 10 goals in her past three games. She has 11 in her previous eight games and she has scored at least a point in all 11 games that she has played. Dikeou’s streak: four against Notre Dame, three against Denver, and four against Oregon. She did not play against Colorado.
The MPSF Race: At 4-1, Stanford is tied with Oregon for second place behind Denver (7-0). To earn the No. 1 seed in the six-team MPSF tournament, Stanford would need to win its final four regular-season games and require Denver to lose its last two – against visiting Cal on Friday and at Oregon on April 25. While one more victory may earn Stanford a spot in the MPSF tournament, two would clinch it.
Tuesday’s Opponent, UC Davis: The Aggies (6-7, 1-5) are coming off an 8-4 loss at Oregon on Sunday. The loss was the fourth consecutive for UC Davis, which takes on Stanford in the middle of a three-game-in-six-day stretch. Junior midfielder Elizabeth Landry is the team scoring leader with 34 goals, 12 assists, and 51 draw controls.
The Stanford-UC Davis Series: UC Davis broke a 19-game losing streak in the series when the Aggies stunned Stanford last year, 15-14. Elizabeth Datino scored with 2.5 seconds left in overtime for the winner. It also was the first time UCD had ever beaten a team ranked in the IWLCA Top 20. Stanford has not lost at home to the Aggies since 1997 and holds a 23-4 overall series lead.

Colorado Women’s Lacrosse (8-6) Win Second Straight 1-Goal OT Game 7-6 Vs San Diego State


Though the conditions couldn’t have been more different, the finish was nearly the same, with University of Colorado sophomore Sarah Lautman netting an overtime game-winner to help her lacrosse team to victory. After an extra minutes buzzer beater on Friday to push the Buffaloes over the USC Women of Troy, Lautman once again gave CU its late push, scoring the sudden victory goal here Sunday to give CU a 7-6 win over San Diego State.  “I think it’s really big for our team,” Lautman said. “It shows that we can dig deep and when it matters, we can play hard and play hard through everything until the last minute.” With a reading of 34 degrees on the thermometer at opening draw, snowy and overcast conditions seemed to slow both teams’ rhythms. SDSU went into the break up 4-2, but the Buffs, who managed just 11 shots in regulation, outscored the Aztecs four to two in the second half to send the game into extra minutes.   The Aztecs took six shots in overtime play, while limiting the Buffs to two, but CU once again showed its late game strength. Over four minutes ticked away as the teams both pushed for a sudden victory in the final minutes of overtime, and Lautman hammered one home to claim the win.  “In all honesty, we have struggled a lot in the other games we played when it was cold and snowy,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said. “I thought we came out hard in the beginning and we were playing well, the best we’ve played in the cold weather. As the snow picked up you knew it was going to be an ugly game on both sides and you had to just keep fighting and you needed someone to pick up and make a play. Sarah did that for us.” After recording her second hat trick in Friday’s 12-11 OT win against USC, Lautman had another performance for the books against SDSU. She netted a career-high four goals and took six of CU’s 13 shots.  “She’s a fighter,” Elliott said of Lautman. “I think and when the pressure’s on, she can step up and make plays. We have a lot of kids on this team that can do that and it’s exciting to see her do that back-to-back.”

Though the conditions couldn’t have been more different, the finish was nearly the same, with University of Colorado sophomore Sarah Lautman netting an overtime game-winner to help her lacrosse team to victory. After an extra minutes buzzer beater on Friday to push the Buffaloes over the USC Women of Troy, Lautman once again gave CU its late push, scoring the sudden victory goal here Sunday to give CU a 7-6 win over San Diego State.
“I think it’s really big for our team,” Lautman said. “It shows that we can dig deep and when it matters, we can play hard and play hard through everything until the last minute.”
With a reading of 34 degrees on the thermometer at opening draw, snowy and overcast conditions seemed to slow both teams’ rhythms. SDSU went into the break up 4-2, but the Buffs, who managed just 11 shots in regulation, outscored the Aztecs four to two in the second half to send the game into extra minutes.
The Aztecs took six shots in overtime play, while limiting the Buffs to two, but CU once again showed its late game strength. Over four minutes ticked away as the teams both pushed for a sudden victory in the final minutes of overtime, and Lautman hammered one home to claim the win.
“In all honesty, we have struggled a lot in the other games we played when it was cold and snowy,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said. “I thought we came out hard in the beginning and we were playing well, the best we’ve played in the cold weather. As the snow picked up you knew it was going to be an ugly game on both sides and you had to just keep fighting and you needed someone to pick up and make a play. Sarah did that for us.”
After recording her second hat trick in Friday’s 12-11 OT win against USC, Lautman had another performance for the books against SDSU. She netted a career-high four goals and took six of CU’s 13 shots.
“She’s a fighter,” Elliott said of Lautman. “I think and when the pressure’s on, she can step up and make plays. We have a lot of kids on this team that can do that and it’s exciting to see her do that back-to-back.”