Colorado Snaps No. 12 USC's Nine-Game Winning Streak

PHOTO BY MARC PISCOTTY

Samantha Nemirov scored three goals as Colorado avenged an earlier loss to USC, downing the Trojans 9-8 to create a tie at the top of the Pac-12 standings.


Samantha Nemirov and Miranda Stinson each scored three goals as Colorado edged No. 12 USC 9-8 to create a tie at the top of the Pac-12 standings. Colorado, which lost to USC earlier this season, is now tied with the Trojans with identical 5-1 records in league play.

Colorado’s victory snapped a nine-game winning streak for USC (12-2, 5-1 Pac-12), whose only other loss had come against No. 1 ranked Boston College.

Depsite the one-goal margin, Colorado never trailed in the contest, jumping out to a 6-2 halftime lead.

The Buffs maintained at least a two-goal advantage in the second half until USC’s Kerrigan Miller scored with 3:31 remaining to pull the Trojans within 9-8.

USC had two possessions after Miller’s goal, but none of its final three shots were on target, allowing Colorado (6-5, 5-1 Pac-12) to hang on for the win.

Julia Lisella made nine saves to earn the victory for Colorado.

Miller had two goals for USC, the only Trojan with multiple goals. Riley Hertford made eight saves.

Arizona State Downs Oregon in OT

In the other Pac-12 game on Friday, Arizona State completed a regular season sweep of Oregon with a 15-14 win in overtime.

Trailing 14-12 late in the game, Kerri Clayton scored back-to-back goals in the final four minutes to force overtime and then Kylie Kroeger scored the game-winner to complete the Sun Devils comeback.

Clayton assisted on the game-winner to complete a monster day with 12 points. Clayton had eight goals and four assists in the victory. Clayton’s eight goals and 12 points were both school records for Arizona State.

Arizona State goalie Berkeley Bonneau and Oregon goalie Rachel Hall each made two saves in overtime. Bonneau finished with 11 saves and Hall made 10.

Jamie Level and Lillian Stump each had five goals for Oregon.

No. 11 JMU Opens CAA Play with Victory

Molly Dougherty made 15 saves as reigning Colonial Athletic Association and NCAA champion James Madison opened conference play with a 10-3 victory at Delaware.

Dougherty and the JMU defense held the Blue Hens to just one goal in the opening 35 minutes, paving the way to victory despite the Dukes committing 25 turnovers.

Maddie McDaniel had three goals and an assist for JMU (9-3, 1-0 CAA), ranked No. 11 in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Top 20, and also added six draw controls to help the Dukes to a 12-3 advantage in the circle. Hanna Haven had two goals and three assists for a game-high five points.

Delaware senior defender Chantae Simms had four caused turnovers, leading a strong defensive effort for the Blue Hens that resulted in 15 caused turnovers. Claire D’Antonio, Mia DeRuggerio and Christine Long each had one goal for Delaware (6-6, 0-1 CAA).







UMass Avoids Upset, Beats Duquesne in OT

A matchup of two of the top five scoring offenses in the country lived up to the billing with Massachusetts beating Duquesne 16-15 in overtime on Hannah Palau’s fourth goal of the game.

UMass (10-3, 5-0 A-10) dominated the early stages of the first half, taking a 9-2 lead, but Duquesne stormed back with five goals in the final 6:15 of the first half. The Dukes then scored the first four goals of the second half to stretch the scoring run to nine goals as they took an 11-9 lead.

UMass regained the lead at 15-14 when Kaitlyn Cerasi and Haley Connaughton scored back-to-back goals late in regulation, but Duquesne’s Rilee Bradshaw forced overtime with 52 seconds left.

Duquesne, looking for its first win over UMass since 2010, won the draw to start overtime, but Massachusetts goalie Lauren Hiller made her 12th save of the game and after the teams traded turnovers, Palau scored the game-winner with 19 seconds left in overtime on an assist by Stephanie Croke.

Croke had four goals and two assists for UMass and Palau had four. Bradshaw led Duquesne (6-5, 1-4 A-10) with six goals.

Notable

• Hofstra scored the final four goals of the game to rally for a 14-11 victory over William & Mary in both teams' CAA opener. Alyssa Parrella led the Pride with five goals and Jess Smith made 12 saves. Parrella’s fifth goal tied Hofstra’s single-season record of 57 goals.

• McKenna Rushford and Lillie Miller each had three goals and an assist as Jacksonville beat Coastal Carolina 15-11. The Dolphins have won eight straight games to improve to 9-2.

• Mount St. Mary’s is off to the best start in school history at 9-2 after opening Northeast Conference play with a 15-8 win over St. Francis. Jordan Butler had four goals, her fifth straight game with at least three goals. Jillian Petito, ranked third in the country in save percentage, made 13 saves.

• Michelle Tumolo’s Wagner Seahawks continue to impress. After a 17-7 win over Robert Morris, Wagner is off to an 8-2 start, the best in school history. Erin Kerstetter had a school record 14 draws in the win and Madeline Seims had a career-best six goals.

• Lauren Britton set a Bryant single-game record for draw controls with 14 in a 20-8 victory over Sacred Heart. Jess DeMeo had six goals in the win.

• Shelby Lehmann set a Stetson school record with 10 points in a 17-7 win over Kent State. Lehmann had three goals and seven assists and her seven assists also tied a school mark.

• Kaley Thompson scored a career-high six goals and Elon scored the final two goals of the game to edge Drexel 13-11.

Scoreboard

Arizona State 15, Oregon 14 (OT)
Bryant 20, Sacred Heart 8
Central Michigan 19, Delaware State 1
Colorado 9, USC 8
Detroit Mercy 23, Howard 0
Elon 13, Drexel 11
Furman 17, Kennesaw State 7
George Mason 11, Davidson 7
Hofstra 14, William & Mary 11
Jacksonville 15, Coastal Carolina 11
James Madison 10, Delaware 3
LaSalle 14, St. Bonaventure 8
LIU Brooklyn 14, Central Connecticut State 10
Massachusetts 16, Duquesne 15 (OT)
Mercer 20, Wofford 6
Mount St. Mary’s 15, St. Francis 8
Richmond 14, VCU 8
Saint Joseph’s 15, George Washington 8
Stetson 17, Kent State 7
Wagner 17, Robert Morris 7

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