Colorado's Amelia Brown got things started with a goal just 125 seconds into the game on Friday.

By the time she and the Buffaloes were done scoring, they had piled up a bunch of team records, and a much-needed 19-5 victory over St. Mary's at Kittredge Field.

"It was good to get on the field and have this win," said Brown, who had four goals. "This whole week we've been working on playing a whole 60 minutes and I think it was a success today."

Brown and Cali Castagnola both scored four goals for the Buffs (5-5, 2-1 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), while Marie Moore added three. Katie Macleay, meanwhile, had a team-record seven assists and seven points.

Just 10 games into its inaugural season, the Buffs set team records for goals (19), assists (13), shots (33) and margin of victory. Their previous high for goals and margin of victory came in a 15-6 win against Temple on March 4.

It was a welcomed result for a team that had lost three games in a row coming in.

"I wanted us to just come out and play hard and at least do the things we could control well," Buffs head coach Ann Elliott said. "That's where we struggled in our last three games. We weren't catching and throwing. We weren't controlling the things we could control. I wanted us to do that today and just be aggressive and I thought the girls came out and did that."


Brown's first goal got it started, but it didn't take long for CU to build a comfortable lead. They were ahead 3-0 after just 4 minutes, 31 seconds, and led 14-2 at the half.

"It was just so much more of a team effort, people cutting through, the assists," said Brown, who had three goals on the season coming in. "That was a huge deal, just coming together and moving around. It's different than just one person taking it."

Macleay played a big role in that. She had four assists on the season, but had five by halftime, while spending most of her time feeding teammates from behind the net.

"Today, we were just able to move well off-ball and she was able to find openings," Elliott said. "She's a very good feeder, she has good vision and it was fun to kind of see that part of our offense come together today."

A lot of the game came together for CU on Friday, and it didn't matter to Elliott that it came against the winless Gaels (0-6, 0-4).

"This is a big game for us," Elliott said. "It's a conference game and we take every conference game very seriously. We need to have success in our conference to get to where we want to go. For us to come out here and execute at that level together was exciting for them.

"Now we just have to keep building on it and sustain it when we go back on the road."


CU is 3-1 at home. ... The Buffs' previous high goal total for a half was 10, at Fresno State on March 8. ... St. Mary's had 21 turnovers - a season high for a CU opponent. ... Castagnola leads the team with 25 goals. ... Moore had a team-record eight draw controls. ... CU's next home game is April 11 against Southern Cal.

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