BOULDER, Colo. – The University of Colorado Men’s Lacrosse team made an impressive 19-0 win against the University of Nebraska. The whole team received playing time, allowing new players to get a feel for the field.
Thomas Appel, Nick Conrad, Doug Graves, Riley Seidel, Alex Puldy, Sean McCarthy, Zach Pendleton, Jace Gan, Cory Valenti, Harrison Mallen, Nick Stinehour, Taylor Herda, Cory Ames and Chris LeFebvre all scored for the Buffs, with assists picked up by Nick Conrad, Christian Wilson, Austin Colaizzi, Herda, Mallen, and Valenti. Graves scored four goals for Colorado throughout the contest.
CU began the game strong with possession of the ball. Appel scored the first goal of the game midway through the first. Conrad cleared the field and scored another goal for Colorado shortly after with 11:54 remaining. With only nine seconds left on the clock Graves was able to get past the Huskers defense, scoring the last goal of the stanza, ending the period 3-0.
Colorado started off the second quarter with two back-to-back goals from Seidel and Puldy. Colorado was able to advance on their lead over Nebraska when McCarthy scored with 8:08 remaining. CU received the first penalty of the game on McCarthy, putting Nebraska man up for three minutes. Although Colorado was man down, the Buffs were able to stay strong and score an additional short hand goal. Within the last five minutes of the half, CU was able to pick up two more goals from Gan and Graves, ending the half with 10-0 lead.
The third quarter started out man down for CU with a one-minute penalty on Haines. That didn’t slow CU down; Graves scored his third goal of the game. After CU gained back possession of the ball, Valenti scored his first goal of the season. In the last four minutes of the game, Mallen and Ames scored two consecutive goals for the Buffs. With a one man advantage for Colorado, Herda made his first goal of the game with 1:09 left in the third. CU was able to pick up one last goal of the stanza with :01 left, advancing Colorado’s lead over UNL to 16-0, making this the highest scoring game of the season for the Buffs.
The fourth period took on a slow start, until 13:35 left in the contest when Graves scored his fourth goal of the evening. Nebraska took three shots off the goal when they had possession of the ball, all of which were saved by Colorado goaltender Cody Deforge. The Buffs were able to pick up two more goals from LeFebrve and Herda, granting Colorado a 19-0 victory over the Huskers.
“It feels great to get this win. Offensively we did a good job, especially coming down on the end. Starting to get into our offensive motions, and just learning how to possess the ball better, it was a really good learning day, said Herda who scored two goals. “Hopefully this game will give us a lot more confidence in our offense, our motions and we’ll understand the positions better and play our hardest against the top ten teams.”
Many players were able to take the field who had not received the opportunity yet this season. They even took a hand in scoring goals for the Buffs, contributing to their victory over UNL.
“It feels good to get a win and get everyone out onto the field. For some of the guys who had been on the bench it was nice to get them some game time,” said Fenton who saved two shots in the game. “It was absolutely great to get a shutout. All three goalies contributed to the shutout, which is a great feeling. Defensively the team did really well we all kept our heads in it, so it was a good win.”
Colorado’s next matchup will be against the University of Washington tonight on Kittredge Field North at 6 p.m. All lacrosse games are free and open to students and the general public.
13:47 CU – Thomas Appel, unassisted
11:54 CU – Nick Conrad, unassisted
0:09 CU – Doug Graves, unassisted
13:40 CU – Riley Seidel, unassisted
12:41 CU – Alex Puldy, assisted by Taylor Herda
8:08 CU – Sean McCarthy, assisted by Harrison Mallen
7:26 CU – Zach Pendleton, assisted by Nick Conrad
6:53 CU – Jace Gan, unassisted
2:22 CU – Doug Graves, unassisted
0:39 CU – Jace Gan, assisted by Harrison Mallen
10:14 CU – Doug Graves, unassisted
9:09 CU – Cory Valenti, assisted by Taylor Herda
3:39 CU – Nick Stinehour, assisted by Cory Valenti
3:04 CU – Harrison Mallen, assisted by Christian Wilson
1:09 CU – Taylor Herda, unassisted
0:01 CU – Cory Ames, unassisted
13:35 CU – Doug Graves, unassisted
9:53 CU – Chris LeFebrve, unassisted
3:50 CU – Taylor Herda, assisted by Austin Colaizzi
Shots On Goal
CU – 38
Nebraska – 5