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University of Colorado Athletics

by Staff

BOULDER — Colorado is set to travel to the east coast to take on Penn State and Saint Joseph’s. They will play the Nittany Lions Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. followed up with their game against Saint Joseph’s 11:00 a.m Sunday morning. 

The Buffs will head on the road for the first time this season after a 16-15 win over Louisville in their season opener this past Sunday. Eve Hritzuk scored the game-winning goal with just under two minutes left in regulation to start the Buffaloes 2024 season with a huge victory. 

“We are excited to hit the road for Penn state and St. Joes,” coach Whidden stated. “Two big games for us on the road. It’s nice to have this one under our belt. We will learn from this both the positives and areas we can improve and make sure we are ready next Friday. This will be a great test for us. We have to find a way to be successful on the road this season and I know this team can do that.” 

KEY STATISTICS

Four different CU players logged multiple goals to kick off the season: Eve Hritzuk (6), Madeline Pisani (5), Ashley Stokes (2), and Maddie Shoup (2). 

It was the first time since the 2021 season that two Buffs have logged at least five or more goals in a game. Charlie Rudy and Sadie Grozier were the last pair to do so, each scoring five times in a 14-5 win over SDSU.

Lili Assini posted game career-highs in draw controls (6) and ground balls (3) in the home opening win over Louisville. 

With Sunday’s win, Colorado improves to 2-2 all-time against Louisville with each side claiming their two wins at home.  

PENN STATE 

The Nittany Lions are currently ranked No. 17 and are 1-0 to start the year. They defeated Bucknell in dominant fashion, 22-8 at home Tuesday afternoon. 

Senior midfielder Kristin O’Neill led the team with six goals, shooting a perfect 6-of-6 shots on goal. Five more Penn State players had at least two goals in the contest, leading to their first win on the young season. 

PSU finished 11-5 (8-1 at home) last year during the regular season but lost in the Big Ten Tournament to Michigan. They got a bid into the NCAA Tournament but fell in the first round to Stony Brook. 

In the lone matchup all-time between Colorado and Penn State, the Buffs pulled out a win in University Park back in the 2017 season. 

SAINT JOSEPHS

The Hawks dropped their first contest of the season against No. 9 Maryland this past Friday. 

Lisa Ross, Emma O’Neill, and Olivia McCoskey combined to score the three goals for Saint Josephs. 

SJU finished the 2023 regular season with a 9-8 record, including a semi-final appearance in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament. 

Sunday’s game will mark the first time Colorado and Saint Josephs will share the field and lineup against one another. 

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