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Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Claims First MSPF Victory With 12-6 Win At Fresno State On March 8


The University of Colorado lacrosse team is making its inaugural season one to remember, claiming its first ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win here Saturday with a 12-6 victory over Fresno State.   With four Buffaloes scoring two or more goals, CU took a 10-1 lead into halftime and held off a 4-0 Fresno State run in the second half to claim its third straight victory, and its fist in conference play. The Buffs improve to 4-2 on the season and 1-1 MPSF. Fresno State remains winless in its last five outings, falling to 1-5 overall, 0-2 MPSF.  “Today was a great opportunity for us to play a great conference opponent,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said. “For us, conference games are so important. We wanted to come out strong from that first draw to set the tone and really just be aggressive offensively and defensively. I think our kids did a great job of that if the first half. Obviously Fresno State came out strong in the second half. We just had to keep fighting for 60 minutes to pull out the win.” For the second consecutive game, Cali Castagnola led the way for the Buffs, scoring four goals. Marie Moore recorded her third hat trick of the young season and had a team-high five ground balls and three draw controls.   Sophomore Sarah Lautman and freshman Tori Link are hitting their offensive strides. Both scored their first goals in CU’s home opener against Regis, and have been finding the back of the net ever since. They each scored two goals against Fresno State, with Link’s second serving as the Buff’s final goal.

The University of Colorado lacrosse team is making its inaugural season one to remember, claiming its first ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win here Saturday with a 12-6 victory over Fresno State.
With four Buffaloes scoring two or more goals, CU took a 10-1 lead into halftime and held off a 4-0 Fresno State run in the second half to claim its third straight victory, and its fist in conference play. The Buffs improve to 4-2 on the season and 1-1 MPSF. Fresno State remains winless in its last five outings, falling to 1-5 overall, 0-2 MPSF.
“Today was a great opportunity for us to play a great conference opponent,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said. “For us, conference games are so important. We wanted to come out strong from that first draw to set the tone and really just be aggressive offensively and defensively. I think our kids did a great job of that if the first half. Obviously Fresno State came out strong in the second half. We just had to keep fighting for 60 minutes to pull out the win.”
For the second consecutive game, Cali Castagnola led the way for the Buffs, scoring four goals. Marie Moore recorded her third hat trick of the young season and had a team-high five ground balls and three draw controls.
Sophomore Sarah Lautman and freshman Tori Link are hitting their offensive strides. Both scored their first goals in CU’s home opener against Regis, and have been finding the back of the net ever since. They each scored two goals against Fresno State, with Link’s second serving as the Buff’s final goal.

UC Davis Women’s Lacrosse (3-0) Stage Second-Half Comeback To Defeat Cal 8-7 On March 8


 Sophomore Mary Doyle scored on an eight-meter with 17 seconds remaining in regulation while junior Elizabeth Landry tallied a game-high four goals to lift UC Davis to an 8-7 comeback victory over California in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's lacrosse action at Aggie Stadium Saturday afternoon.  The Aggies, picking up their first win over the Golden Bears since 2010 and only their second in the past decade, remain unbeaten at 3-0.  Landry had three of her goals in UC Davis' 5-0 comeback run in the second half. Doyle scored two, both after the break. Freshman Melissa Kellan and junior Troy Cragen each tallied one. Cragen's goal, her first in almost exactly two years, equalized the game at 6-6 after what had been a 5-1 Cal lead in the first half. In all, UC Davis shot 6 of 8 on free positions.  Paige Gasparino netted two goals to lead six Golden Bear scorers. Lizz Lavie had two assists.  UC Davis surrendered four unanswered goals in the first half to spot its guest a 5-1 lead through the first 21 minutes. Landry cut the deficit to 5-2 with her eight-meter goal in the 30th minute. Neither team managed to alter the board until Lavie fed Gaby Christman for a goal in the 42nd, boosting the Cal lead to four.  The Aggies answered with a flurry of goals during a five-minute span. Landry and Doyle each connected on unassisted drives in the 46th minute, cutting the margin to 6-4. Landry struck again in the 49th with her eight-meter, than Cragen planted the game-tying goal in the 50th. Landry finally gave UC Davis its first lead with yet another free-position conversion with 7:26 remaining, but Burke won the ensuing draw and Gasparino promptly tied the game at 7-7.

Sophomore Mary Doyle scored on an eight-meter with 17 seconds remaining in regulation while junior Elizabeth Landry tallied a game-high four goals to lift UC Davis to an 8-7 comeback victory over California in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse action at Aggie Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Aggies, picking up their first win over the Golden Bears since 2010 and only their second in the past decade, remain unbeaten at 3-0.
Landry had three of her goals in UC Davis’ 5-0 comeback run in the second half. Doyle scored two, both after the break. Freshman Melissa Kellan and junior Troy Cragen each tallied one. Cragen’s goal, her first in almost exactly two years, equalized the game at 6-6 after what had been a 5-1 Cal lead in the first half. In all, UC Davis shot 6 of 8 on free positions.
Paige Gasparino netted two goals to lead six Golden Bear scorers. Lizz Lavie had two assists.
UC Davis surrendered four unanswered goals in the first half to spot its guest a 5-1 lead through the first 21 minutes. Landry cut the deficit to 5-2 with her eight-meter goal in the 30th minute. Neither team managed to alter the board until Lavie fed Gaby Christman for a goal in the 42nd, boosting the Cal lead to four.
The Aggies answered with a flurry of goals during a five-minute span. Landry and Doyle each connected on unassisted drives in the 46th minute, cutting the margin to 6-4. Landry struck again in the 49th with her eight-meter, than Cragen planted the game-tying goal in the 50th. Landry finally gave UC Davis its first lead with yet another free-position conversion with 7:26 remaining, but Burke won the ensuing draw and Gasparino promptly tied the game at 7-7.

Denver Women’s Lacrosse (4-1) Earns 12-9 Win Over Temple At Peter Barton Stadium On March 8


University of Denver senior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) led the Pioneers with four goals and an assist in DU’s 12-9 victory over Temple  Saturday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The Pioneers improved to 4-1 overall on the season, while Temple drops to 2-4 overall. “I feel like we played well in early on, but we still have things we need to work on,” said head coach Liza Kelly said. “We have a week off since the girls have exams, which will give us some time to work on things.” Denver would not let up the lead after scoring four goals in the first five minutes of play. Harris opened DU scoring with a goal just 1:15 into the game. Junior Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) recorded two goals, three assists and five groundballs, while sophomore Monica Lucas (Kensington, Md.) scored twice. The Pioneers led 9-4 at the half and outshot the Owls 18-9 in the first 30 minutes. Redshirt junior Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made 14 saves, while the Pioneers converted 13-of-14 clear attempts. Temple’s Nicole Tiernan led the Owls with three goals and an assist in the game.  The Pioneers begin a two game road trip when they will travel to Rock Hill, S.C., to take on Winthrop on Monday, March 17 at 2 p.m., MT. They will wrap up the trip Thursday, March 20 in High Point, N.C., for a 4 p.m., MT start.

University of Denver senior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) led the Pioneers with four goals and an assist in DU’s 12-9 victory over Temple Saturday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The Pioneers improved to 4-1 overall on the season, while Temple drops to 2-4 overall.
“I feel like we played well in early on, but we still have things we need to work on,” said head coach Liza Kelly said. “We have a week off since the girls have exams, which will give us some time to work on things.”
Denver would not let up the lead after scoring four goals in the first five minutes of play. Harris opened DU scoring with a goal just 1:15 into the game.
Junior Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) recorded two goals, three assists and five groundballs, while sophomore Monica Lucas (Kensington, Md.) scored twice.
The Pioneers led 9-4 at the half and outshot the Owls 18-9 in the first 30 minutes. Redshirt junior Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made 14 saves, while the Pioneers converted 13-of-14 clear attempts.
Temple’s Nicole Tiernan led the Owls with three goals and an assist in the game.
The Pioneers begin a two game road trip when they will travel to Rock Hill, S.C., to take on Winthrop on Monday, March 17 at 2 p.m., MT. They will wrap up the trip Thursday, March 20 in High Point, N.C., for a 4 p.m., MT start.

#19 Stanford Women’s Lacrosse (4-1) Tops #11 Towson 8-7 In Overtime On March 7


Hannah Farr scored as time ran out in the first overtime half and No. 19 Stanford controlled the ball thereafter to beat No. 11 Towson, 8-7, in nonconference women’s lacrosse Friday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Stanford (4-1) maintained possession throughout the entire six minutes of overtime and for all but 19 seconds of the game’s final 9:03. In fact, Towson (2-3) was unable to even get off a shot for the game’s final 17:08. But it was Farr’s goal combined with strong draws taken by specialist Emily Newstrom and controlled by teammates Megan Lerner and Rachel Kalick that enabled Stanford to maintain possession throughout overtime. Lerner controlled the opening overtime draw and Stanford played for one good shot before Farr was fouled in the 8-meter arc with three seconds left in the three-minute half. With a free position from a poor angle on the right side of the arc, Farr took two quick steps and fired over the right shoulder of goalie Kelsea Donnelly to give Stanford the lead. “After Megan won the draw, we were trying to read what defense Towson was playing,” Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. “We ran an initial play, but didn’t get a shot off and then we were scrambling a little before Hannah drew the eight-meter.” The first overtime must be played in its entirety, and the second three-minute half opened with Kalick’s draw control – her first of the season. With help from a two-minute penalty on Towson, the Cardinal was able to run out the clock, though not without difficulty. With about 30 seconds left, Adrienne Anderson had the ball checked away on a triple team, only for Meg Lentz to make the pickup and prevent the turnover. Alex Poplawski ran out the final seconds.

Hannah Farr scored as time ran out in the first overtime half and No. 19 Stanford controlled the ball thereafter to beat No. 11 Towson, 8-7, in nonconference women’s lacrosse Friday at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Stanford (4-1) maintained possession throughout the entire six minutes of overtime and for all but 19 seconds of the game’s final 9:03. In fact, Towson (2-3) was unable to even get off a shot for the game’s final 17:08.
But it was Farr’s goal combined with strong draws taken by specialist Emily Newstrom and controlled by teammates Megan Lerner and Rachel Kalick that enabled Stanford to maintain possession throughout overtime.
Lerner controlled the opening overtime draw and Stanford played for one good shot before Farr was fouled in the 8-meter arc with three seconds left in the three-minute half. With a free position from a poor angle on the right side of the arc, Farr took two quick steps and fired over the right shoulder of goalie Kelsea Donnelly to give Stanford the lead.
“After Megan won the draw, we were trying to read what defense Towson was playing,” Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. “We ran an initial play, but didn’t get a shot off and then we were scrambling a little before Hannah drew the eight-meter.”
The first overtime must be played in its entirety, and the second three-minute half opened with Kalick’s draw control – her first of the season. With help from a two-minute penalty on Towson, the Cardinal was able to run out the clock, though not without difficulty. With about 30 seconds left, Adrienne Anderson had the ball checked away on a triple team, only for Meg Lentz to make the pickup and prevent the turnover. Alex Poplawski ran out the final seconds.

Air Force Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Bellarmine At Falcon Stadium On March 8 In ECAC Opener


The Falcons' offense struggled in the team's first road game of the season, as Air Force dropped a 6-4 decision to VMI on Sunday. Senior captain Erik Smith tallied a pair of goals to lead the Falcons' offense, while junior Keith Dreyer added two assists.  SCOUTING THE FALCONS...  Air Force enters this weekend with a 2-3 overall record and 0-0 mark in the ECAC. Senior Tommy McKee leads the Falcons' offense with 13 points on the season, including a team-high 11 goals, while senior Mike Crampton (9g, 2a) and junior Keith Dreyer (3g, 8a) have added 11 points each.  SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS...  Bellarmine, which is currently receiving votes in both the USILA coaches' poll and Warrior Media Poll, enters this weekend with a 4-0 record on the year and an 0-0 ledger in ECAC action. Freshman Tucker Ciessau leads the Knights' offense with 14 goals on the season, while senior Chad Mitchell has added 10 points, including a team-leading seven assists. Meanwhile, netminder Will Haas holds a 6.50 GAA, while averaging 11.5 saves per contest.  THE OFFENSE WINS IT...  In its three losses this year, Air Force's offense has struggled to find the back of the net, averaging just six goals per game. In contrast, the Falcons have averaged 16 goals per game in their two victories.  DEFENSE STANDS STRONG...  While the Falcons' offense struggled versus VMI last week, scoring just four goals, the defense had a solid effort, holding the Keydets to just six goals, the lowest scoring output for an Air Force opponent this season. Additionally, Air Force recorded a season-high 16 caused turnovers, led by junior long-stick midfielder Kyle O'Brien, who registered three caused turnovers versus VMI.

The Falcons’ offense struggled in the team’s first road game of the season, as Air Force dropped a 6-4 decision to VMI on Sunday. Senior captain Erik Smith tallied a pair of goals to lead the Falcons’ offense, while junior Keith Dreyer added two assists.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS…
Air Force enters this weekend with a 2-3 overall record and 0-0 mark in the ECAC. Senior Tommy McKee leads the Falcons’ offense with 13 points on the season, including a team-high 11 goals, while senior Mike Crampton (9g, 2a) and junior Keith Dreyer (3g, 8a) have added 11 points each.
SCOUTING THE KNIGHTS…
Bellarmine, which is currently receiving votes in both the USILA coaches’ poll and Warrior Media Poll, enters this weekend with a 4-0 record on the year and an 0-0 ledger in ECAC action. Freshman Tucker Ciessau leads the Knights’ offense with 14 goals on the season, while senior Chad Mitchell has added 10 points, including a team-leading seven assists. Meanwhile, netminder Will Haas holds a 6.50 GAA, while averaging 11.5 saves per contest.
THE OFFENSE WINS IT…
In its three losses this year, Air Force’s offense has struggled to find the back of the net, averaging just six goals per game. In contrast, the Falcons have averaged 16 goals per game in their two victories.
DEFENSE STANDS STRONG…
While the Falcons’ offense struggled versus VMI last week, scoring just four goals, the defense had a solid effort, holding the Keydets to just six goals, the lowest scoring output for an Air Force opponent this season. Additionally, Air Force recorded a season-high 16 caused turnovers, led by junior long-stick midfielder Kyle O’Brien, who registered three caused turnovers versus VMI.