CU Takes Down No. 6 Penn State, Hosts Oregon

Miranda Stinson, Colorado (Photo courtesy CU Athletics)
March 13, 2017

MPSF Lacrosse Release 6

No. 7 COLORADO (1-0 MPSF/7-0 Overall) has yet again knocked off a ranked opponent, that for the fourth time within its program record 7-0 start, winning 16-11 at No. 6 Penn State this past Sunday (Mar. 12). Colorado moved up to a No. 7 ranking in the IWLCA poll, and an all-time high No. 4 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The Buffaloes are one of just three remaining unbeaten teams nationally. Miranda Stinson set a CU single-game record of nine points on five goals (ties CU record) and four assists. Paige Soenksen recorded 16 saves, stopping eight shots in each half, while also picking up a season-best six ground balls. The Buffs host Winthrop Wednesday (Mar. 15), before returning to MPSF action against Oregon Sunday at 12 noon on Pac-12 Networks.

No. 4 USC (1-0 MPSF/5-1 Overall) defeated Boston University at home last Wednesday, 15-4. Gussie Johns had eight saves, seven ground balls, and three caused turnovers. Cynthia Del Core scored four goals and had an assist for a career-high five points. Kerrigan Miller had four ground balls, three caused turnovers, and three draw controls. Monday (Mar. 13), USC defeated New Hampshire 15-4 for an 18th-straight home win, as Michaela Michael delivered five assists in the first half and finished with eight points. The Trojans travel to Dartmouth Friday (Mar. 17), before taking on Cornell on a neutral field in Boston Sunday (Mar. 19).

No. 17 STANFORD (2-0 MPSF/6-2 Overall) made it five-straight wins with a 17-13 outcome over William & Mary (Mar. 8) and 19-13 over Connecticut (Mar. 11, both at home. Areta Buness was five-for-10 on shots during the week, while dishing an assist, and adding a ground ball. Allie Dacar totaled 13 saves for the week. Daniella McMahon scored a goal while posting two assists, and added a ground ball, a caused turnover, and five draw controls. The Cardinal has a 17-day layoff, next in action on March 28 at Harvard.

UC DAVIS (0-2 MPSF/3-4 Overall) picked up a 19-7 home win over Quinnipiac (Mar. 12), following a home loss to Coastal Carolina (Mar. 6). Amanda Outcalt. posted career-highs of five goals, four assists and nine points in the win. The nine-point outing is the most by any Aggie since Courtney Neff had as many in the 2015 season finale, and the most by a UC Davis freshman since Katie McMahon notched 10 back in April of 2004. Taylor Cuenin totaled team-highs of six caused turnovers, nine ground balls, and 11 draw controls, as well as adding four goals and four assists for the week.

SAN DIEGO STATE (0-1 MPSF/4-2 Overall) edged St. Joseph’s at home last Friday (Mar. 10), 13-12, the Aztecs’ fourth-straight win. Vickie Porter scored a career-high of four goals, while causing two turnovers. Mackenzie Lech accumulated three ground balls, two draws, and two caused turnovers. The Aztecs remain home to face New Hampshire Wednesday (Mar. 15) and Columbia Saturday (Mar. 18).

FRESNO STATE (0-1 MPSF/5-2 Overall) picked up a 14-9 home win over Colgate (Mar. 12), to equal the most wins in single-season program history with five. Sarah Bloise had three goals, two assists, and four draws. Tiffiny Wallace was a perfect three-for-three on shots. Laurel Maunder tallied 14 saves and four ground balls in goal. The Bulldogs host Quinnipiac Thursday (Mar. 16), game five of a six-game homestand.

CALIFORNIA (0-1 MPSF/1-6 Overall) Jenna Fritts equaled a career-high six goals in the down-to-the-wire finish home game against William & Mary (Mar. 11), won by the Tribe, 19-18. Down 15-9 early second half, the Bears battled back to tie the game at 18 with just over a minute left. Susie Ropp added career-highs of five goals and six points. Jenny Wilkens collected a season-high 15 saves. Cal hosts Connecticut Tuesday (Mar. 14) at 6 pm on Pac-12 Networks, along with Marquette Thursday (Mar. 16).

ST. MARY’S (0-2 MPSF/1-6 Overall) finished a five-game road swing at Central Connecticut State (Mar. 10), Manhattan (Mar. 12), and Wagner (Mar. 13). Jill Dunlap and Jocelyn Lubert each recorded hat tricks at CCSU, while Molly Kuptz and Lauren Neumann each collected four ground balls in that game. Monday at Wagner, Dunlap and Lubert added four goals apiece. Meg Sheehan recorded five ground balls and four caused turnovers. The Gaels host UC Davis in an MPSF contest Sunday (Mar. 19).

OREGON (3-0 MPSF/5-2 Overall) was off last week, and continues an eight-game road swing in Colorado, Mar. 17-19, taking on Vermont (in Denver) as well as Colorado in an MPSF game. The Ducks split two games on the east coast last in action, winning 18-5 at Winthrop (Mar. 3) and losing 17-13 at High Point (Mar. 5). Through March 5, Cambi Cukar ranks third in the NCAA in assists (17), after tying her own 2017 MPSF single-game high of five at Winthrop and one more at High Point. Mariah Gatti scored five goals and tallied eight draw controls at High Point, while Jojo Hesketh added four goals and four draws.