BOULDER, Colo. - Behind two goals from Gaby Christman and some big saves down the stretch from freshman goalie Katie Gutierrez, the California women's lacrosse team picked up a big road victory Sunday afternoon at Colorado by the score of 7-6.
With one game remaining in the regular season, the Golden Bears are now 5-10 overall and 3-5 in conference play.
Christman and Paige Gasparino each had two points to lead Cal. Christman tallied two goals while Gasparino notched a goal and an assist. Bella Huther, Amelia Burke, Brittany Ward and Michaela Bird garnered the other Cal goals, while Nicole Beck also secured an assist.
"This was a really great win today and a great team effort," head coach Ginger Miles said. "We went out and worked together as a team. We stuck to our game plan and we were disciplined with possessing the ball on offense, waiting for best look. Their goalie had a nice day, so we waited for the best look, the best opportunity. Our offense did a great job of being patient, and our defense did an excellent job of stopping their threats.
Colorado struck first with a goal on a free-position shot in the game's early minutes, but Cal would take a 2-1 lead with goals from Bird and Christman. With eight minutes left in the half, the Buffaloes evened the game up at 2, but Cal took a 3-2 lead at the break when Christman scored her second goal with just under five minutes left before halftime.
Cal took a two-goal lead shortly after halftime when Gasparino scored to make it 4-2, Cal. The Bears and Buffaloes traded goals for the rest of the second half. Colorado cut the Cal lead to one with 1:17 left in regulation, but Caroline Schlegel picked up a big draw control to secure the win for the Bears.
Gutierrez made six saves in the contest, including some big ones down the stretch that Miles said really helped preserve the win.
With one game left in the regular season, Cal will return to the Bay Area to face No. 13 Stanford on The Farm on Thursday, April 24, at 4 p.m. That game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks. While beating Stanford on the road will not be an easy task, Miles likes the way the Bears are looking heading into that game. Cal will enter that contest riding a lot of momentum and playing its best lacrosse of the season.
"This is always the game the girls circle on the calendar," Miles said. "The Cal-Stanford rivalry has such a long tradition there. We've got great momentum going into this final game. We played the best that we've played all year today. It's great to see our team figuring it out, playing the way that we've wanted to play all year."