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.”