The No. 22-ranked Colorado lacrosse team recorded a 15-6 win against California on Sunday afternoon, sending off its seniors in style with a final win at Kittredge Field.
"I think our senior class has done a great job, as this hasn't been an easy year with lots of ups and downs in terms of our performance on the field," head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. "I think they are really resilient and keep fighting because they believe in themselves and this team. I think for them, as a whole, to have a great weekend even though we weren't successful on Friday, they had a great weekend as they played hard and they were making plays. We are excited about that and just have to keep on getting better."
Senior Miranda Stinson led CU with four goals. Four other seniors got on the board for the Buffs. Samantha Nemirov added three goals and one assist, while Sophie Castillo earned two goals and one assist. Blair Sisk and Caroline Perry also added a goal each, but it was sophomore Sadie Grozier who led the team in points; recording six with three goals and three assists.
The Buffs improved to 8-6 on the season, and are 7-2 in Pac-12 play with one game left.
Cal fell to 6-10 overall, 2-6 in the Pac-12.
The Buffs out-shot Cal 34-21. The Bears also had 23 turnovers in the game, compared to just nine for Colorado. CU had 12 caused turnovers, while Cal had seven.
All seven seniors, Olivia Aschman, Julia Lisella, Castillo, Nemirov, Perry, Sisk and Stinson, were honored before the game and all seven started. ... Julia Lisella has one year of eligibility remaining and was recognized with her class. She will return next year. ... Samantha Nemirov extended her school record point scoring-streak to 34 games. ... Miranda Stinson recorded her 50th goal of the season. It is just the sixth time in CU history a Buff has reached that mark in a single season. Stinson also reached 50 goals last season, scoring 58. ... The Buffs now lead the all-time series against the Bears, 6-2.
Colorado will hit the road for its final regular season of the game against Oregon in Eugene on Friday.
"I haven't really thought anything about Oregon," Whidden said. "We have been focused on one thing at a time because each of these games have been so important. We will watch some film tonight and tomorrow and our staff will get prepared and we will be ready to go.
"At the end of the day," she added, "I think it's just about playing 60 minutes, doing better on draws, doing a better job defensively and making every play count offensively."