In a season featuring a multitude of firsts for the Colorado women's lacrosse team, the Buffs added yet another on Thursday in the the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) quarterfinals.

In defeating San Diego State 9-8 in overtime, the Buffs knocked off an opponent on multiple occasions for the first time in program history. CU had previously defeated the Aztecs, also in overtime, April 13 in Boulder.

After trailing 8-6 late in this contest, the Buffs made desperate push to equalize and take the game in overtime. They were able to finally complete the comeback when Johnna Fusco got fouled and subsequently scored on a free position shot to give Colorado the win. The sudden victory goal completed a hat trick for Fusco, and those three goals coupled with two assists gave her a game-high five points.

"I honestly can't even remember but I think [my thought] was 'get this in and the game will be over,'" Fusco said of the last moments of the game. "Nothing was really going through my head. It was just 'goal, goal, goal.'"

The Buffs looked to be in control early on, jumping out to a 5-2 lead early in the second half. But the Buffs struggled to slow the Aztecs as they made a post-break push, allowing SDSU to score five consecutive goals in a span of less than 10 minutes and take an 8-6 lead with just over 10 minutes to play.

Fusco then made the first move to save the CU season, scoring an unassisted goal with under 7 minutes to play. The Buffs late knotted things up at 8-8 when Marie Moore scored on a pass from Cali Castagnola with 4 minute to go.


This OT game marked the fourth time in five games CU has played past regulation, all resulting in Buffaloe victories. The Buffs now stand at 11-7 on the season.

"It's not a trend we're promoting but we've been fighting hard and there's good teams in our conference," CU head coach Ann Elliott said of her team's recent inclination for extra minutes. "It's taken us longer than 60 minutes to win and we're very fortunate for every opportunity. We're fortunate to be on the winning side of these games. It's tough to win in overtime."

The MPSF Tournament continues Friday, with Oregon and No. 20 Denver facing off at 4 p.m. CU and No. 18 Stanford will take each other on in the late game, which will start no earlier than 7 p.m.

"I expect it to be just like this one," Fusco said of the Buffs' second matchup against Stanford. "Just as hard, even more competitive. We're going to come out just as hard. We don't want it to be our last game so, we're in it!"