Boulder, Colo.: The Ranger women's lacrosse team opened their season against NCAA Division I Colorado and their first ever intercollegiate home women's lacrosse game. The game, being held in Folsom Field, was won by Colorado 13-10.
The Rangers allowed two goals by the Buffaloes before Hilary Duda scored one of her four goals to cut the lead in half. Following a turnover by the Rangers, CU scored again to lead 3-1 with 15:24 left in the first half. Maribel Gallegos scored on an assist from Monica Gorciak to again draw within one but the Buffaloes scored the next two goals to take a 5-2 lead with 8:59 left.
Hilary Duda scored two of the final three goals to pull RU within a 6-4 score at the halftime break.
CU came out of the lockerroom with the offense clicking as they scored five of the first six goals to take a commanding 11-5 lead with 19:48 left in the game. The Ranger defense tightened the reins over the final 13:16 of the game not allowing Colorado to score.
RU was outshot by CU 28-21 and gathered 10 draw controls to 15 for the Buffaloes.
Duda led the way with her four goals on six shots, while Gallegos netted two. Cutshall and Emily Behr each collected two assists in the match. Behr, Melissa Hastie and Morgan Pierson led the Rangers with three ground balls apiece, while Behr and Gallegos each collected three draw controls.
Gianna Lombardi had 10 saves for the Rangers while also grabbing two ground balls and causing one turnover.
The Rangers head east next weekend as they take on Pfeiffer on March 1st.