February 12, 2016
Cali Castagnola scored three goals in the first 5:15 to jumpstart Colorado to an 11-10 win over MPSF rival Denver on Friday. (CU)
Cali Castagnola scored three goals in the first 5:15 to jumpstart Colorado to an 11-10 win over MPSF rival Denver on Friday. (CU)

Women's Roundup: CU in May? Buffs Down Denver in Opener

from LaxMagazine.com staff reports | Friday Scores | Saturday Schedule

DENVER — Colorado opened its third season Friday with one of the biggest wins in its short women's lacrosse history, defeating perennial MPSF power Denver 11-10.

Cali Castagnola scored three goals in the first 5:15 and the Buffaloes (1-0) led by as many as four goals.

But the Pioneers (0-1), fueled by four goals from Rachael McKinnon, kept it close throughout. Denver scored twice in a 62-second span to pull within a goal in the final minutes, but Colorado midfielder Sarah Brown caused a crucial turnover with 29 seconds left and the Buffaloes held on to win.

"Obviously we wish it wasn't dramatic," Colorado coach Ann Elliott said. "We've got to learn how to finish games in a controlled manner. Denver did a great job and fought to the end. And for us, it's a big win, it's a conference win and every one is a big win, whether it's the first one or the last one."

The Buffs went 22-15 in their first two seasons, the fifth-best win total among the 76 lacrosse programs that have started in NCAA Division I since 1976. They return every offensive player who scored in 2015, including two-time first-team All-MPSF attacker Johnna Fusco, and boast the conference's best goalie in Paige Soenksen.

There's NCAA tournament talk in Boulder. It starts with MPSF tournament talk. 

"We want to be at Stanford playing in the MPSF tournament," Elliott said. "We needed this win to get there."

Hopkins Holds Off Marquette for Tucker's 250th

Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse head coach Janine Tucker earned her 250th career win Friday as the Blue Jays beat the visiting Marquette Golden Eagles, 11-8. The win also was the 400th in program history. Senior Dene' DiMartino and freshman Miranda Ibello led the 13th-ranked Blue Jays with three goals each.

Marquette (0-1), a potential dark horse in the Big East, led 3-0 early in the first half and 6-4 early in the second half. But consecutive goals by Emily Kenul in a 31-second span keyed a game-turning four-goal run for Johns Hopkins (1-0).

DiMartino, who also had a game-high six draw controls, has registered a point in 35 straight games for the Blue Jays.

Both goalies were impressive. Sarah Priem made 12 saves for the Golden Eagles, while Caroline Federico finished with 11 for Johns Hopkins.

BC's Apuzzo Shines in Debut

Freshman Sam Apuzzo scored four goals in her collegiate debut, matching senior Caroline Margolis for game-high honors as No. 8 Boston College doubled up host Boston University 18-9 in the teams' season opener Friday.

Senior Sarah Mannelly, a 2015 Tewaaraton Award finalist coming back from a knee injury she sustained in the Eagles' NCAA tournament loss to Loyola, finished with three goals and an assist.

Tracy, UNC Handle High Point

Sammy Jo Tracy reined in 14 draw controls and 10 different North Carolina players scored in the No. 2 Tar Heels' 17-5 victory Friday at High Point.

Molly Hendrick led all scorers with four goals, while freshman Olivia Ferrucci added three goals and an assist.

Delaware Upsets Georgetown Again

For the second straight season, Delaware downed perennial Big East power Georgetown. The Blue Hens scored four straight goals bridging the first and second halves, then pulled away with two unassisted goals late to defeat the Hoyas 10-6 in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

Attacker Casey Lyons led Delaware with two goals and two assists. Georgetown shot just 1-for-6 on free-position opportunities.

Duke Doubles Up Navy

Kelci Smesko, Kyra Harney and Olivia Jenner powered No. 12 Duke to a convincing 18-9 bounceback victory Friday at Navy.

Smesko, who missed all of last season due to an injury, scored a career-high six goals and added three assists, Harney scored a career-high four goals, and Jenner hauled in eight of her 13 draw controls in the first 15 minutes as the Blue Devils (2-1) responded in a big way to their loss to Northwestern last Sunday.

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