Following a challenging weekend on the East Coast, the University of Colorado lacrosse team looks to remain perfect at home as it faces Brown on Saturday, March 22. First draw is at 5 p.m. at Kittredge Field. Stay after the game for an autograph session with the team.
SCOUTING THE BROWN BEARS: For the second time in three games, the Buffs will face a team with a perfect 6-0 record. The Bears are off to their best start in program history, with six wins under their belt, including two on the road and four in non-conference play. In the Ivy League, the Bears beat Columbia 9-6 and edged then-No. 16 Princeton 14-13 in overtime. Brown has 15 goal scorers, including four in the double digits. Senior Brie Hudgins paces the Bears with 20 goals, netting hat tricks in five of six games. Classmate Danielle Mastro is the team’s leading point-getter with 12 goals and 12 assists. Sophomore Lauren Toy and senior Grace Healy have added 13 and 12 goals, respectively. Their attack is strengthened by the nation’s eighth best team on the draw, averaging 15.83 draw controls per game, with Healy ranking ninth in the nation with 5.5 per game. The Bears have scooped up a total of 101 ground balls to their opponents’ 78, with Kerianne Hunt and Erin Ross each coming up with 13 apiece. Junior goalie Kellie Roddy holds the country’s seventh best goals-against average (6.81) and an Ivy-League leading .526 save percentage.
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WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM: The Buffs are 2-0 at home this season, defeating Regis 13-10 at Folsom Field in their inaugural home game and taking down Temple 15-6 in their first ever home game at Kittredge Field. Kitt Field, located on Kittredge Loop on the eastern edge of CU’s Main Campus, is the official home of Colorado lacrosse. Kitt Field showcases Boulder’s Flatiron Mountains and a pristine field courtesy of CU’s turf management team. While there are bleachers for approximately 350, fans of CU lacrosse are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on in the open areas. Amenities for Colorado lacrosse fans include concessions and bathrooms in the Coors Events Center concourse and free game programs. Free parking is available in Lots 416 and 402. For more information, including a parking map and directions, please visit http://buffs.me/1fCNVuE. Due to construction on Regent Drive, please use Broadway, and not Colorado, to reach Regent and Kitt Field.
UMASS PROVES ITS WORTH: The Buffs faced their biggest challenge of the season in their eastern road trip, travelling to No. 9 Massachusetts. UMass proved early why it’s one of the nation’s best, scoring 12 first half goals, and holding CU to a season-low total of 13 shots, while taking 31 of its own. CU took away some opportunities for the Minutewomen in the second half, holding UMass to five goals in the final 30 minutes. CU also outshot UMass nine to eight, scooped up two more ground balls (seven to five) and controlled more draws (five to two) in the second half. Despite its early disadvantages, Colorado played its cleanest game yet, recording just nine fouls (the previous low was 25 against Temple on March 4). CU had the upper-hand in saves, with Paige Soenksen grabbing 10.