The women’s lacrosse Top 10, according to the IWLCA’s weekly poll, have the usual suspects. Syracuse, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, Penn State, and a resurgent Princeton are in the Top 10, as well as everyone’s darkhorse for the 2017 season, Southern Cal.
But there’s this other undefeated team sitting at the No. 4 slot that nobody has been making a big deal about. But the University of Colorado is suddenly on the cusp of greatness.
The Buffaloes have won all 10 games on their schedule, starting with an overtime win against Northwestern and continuing with last week’s win at Penn State.
How has Colorado been able to find this kind of success? Amongst the players, the leader of the team is junior Darby Kiernan, who not only has 28 goals this season, but leads the team in draw controls with 76.
But the hallmark of this team is defense. As a team, Colorado only allows opponent to shoot 32.9 percent, and only 22 percent from the 8-meter fan, which is unheard of.
Then again, think about who is coaching the team. Ann Elliott was a defender for Northwestern who won three national championships. In addition Elliott was a dominating force on defense with two state title teams with Shaker Heights (Ohio).
The road isn’t any easier for Colorado this week; Friday, the opponent is Stony Brook — another Top 10 team. And after that is the heart of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation schedule — games against Stanford and Southern Cal.
I think it’s the latter game, to be held April 14th, that will determine the No. 1 seed in the MPSF Tournament. But it could also help determine the which of these two could receive a Top 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
When was the last time you could say that about a western team?