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2020/21 Lacrosse off-season news and general discussion thread (Team ends shortened 2020 season ranked #25)

AztecBuff

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The season has ended much sooner than the team (and we) would like (obviously for reasons much larger than sports), so figured it's time to start this thread for any off-season and, eventually, fall (for this sport) scrimmage and training period news.

Anyways, it was looking like the 2020 season was going to be an entertaining one, and the team (which ended up 3-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play) has ended up #25 in the final coaches' (IWLCA) poll. Also from the poll (which can be see in full in the artlicle linked to below), the Buffs only 2 losses were to teams (Florida and Michigan) that ended up #8 and 12 in the country.


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BOULDER — The Colorado lacrosse team finished the 2020 season with a 3-2 record, which was good for 25th in the final Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division I Poll.

The Buffaloes also had a 1-0 mark in Pac-12 Conference play after defeating Oregon 21-5 on March 6.

North Carolina and Notre Dame both finished the season with a 7-0 record, but UNC picked up all 25 first-place votes for the top spot, which the Tar Heels have held for five straight weeks. The Irish are second while Loyola (5-0) stayed at third. Syracuse finished the season fourth with a 7-1 mark, while Stony Brook (4-1) rounds out the top five.

The Pac-12 Conference finishes the season with three teams in the top 25. Southern California (6-0) has the highest ranking at seventh, while Stanford (3-4) is just in front of the Buffs at 23rd.

The Buffs have been ranked in every IWLCA Poll since February 20, 2017, and since that time, they have recorded a 41-20 record. That same season, CU advanced to its first NCAA Tournament after recording its first wins against ranked teams, including No. 9 Northwestern in the season opener (Feb. 12). The Buffs made the NCAA Tournament again in 2018 and 19, both times moving on to the second round.
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AztecBuff

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Assume there will be more I'll add later, but wanted to note now the last few days the team has started to tweet "thank yous" to some of its seniors, which I guess (???) means they are moving on after hopefully graduating this semester. (With the NCAA only authorizing 12 (equivalent) scholarships for a team that had 35 players on the roster this season, assume "getting on with their lives" once they can graduate is even more of a common sense move as compared to the more fully supported sports (football, both basketballs and volleyball at CU).)

Wish ALL the seniors nothing but the best going forward, and thanks for all the entertainment they gave me and other Buff Lax fans over the years!


(Note- I do hope at least some of the 8 seniors are able and willing to come back next season.)
 

AztecBuff

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The team completed its senior "thank you's".

I of course add my THANKS to all the seniors for giving me (and many Buff fans) great entertainment, and hope their CU experience has been positive and helps give them a nice foundation the rest of their lives!


Note - one piece of possible good news from this. The one senior NOT included in these thank you's was All-American goalie Julia Lisella (who was voted the Coaches' Ass'n. 2018 NATIONAL goalie of the year). Does this mean she may be planning on coming back???
 

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Confirmation that a couple seniors, All-American goalie Julia Lisella and starting defender Anna Collawn, are coming back next year.

Great news for the team!


Direct link to article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2020/5/12/lacrosse-collawn-and-lisella-coming-back-for-2021-season.aspx

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BOULDER — After losing the 2020 NCAA women's lacrosse season to Covid-19, many spring sport seniors were given the opportunity to come back for another campaign. Two of CU's eight lacrosse seniors, Anna Collawn and Julia Lisella, have decided to take the NCAA and the University of Colorado up on the offer and will be back in uniform for the 2021 season.

"This process has been hard for our entire senior class and we are so proud of each and every one of them," head coach Ann Elliott Whidden said. "While no one dreams of their senior year being cut short, each of them has had a huge impact on our program that will never be forgotten. We are excited that Julia and Anna have decided to return for their extra year of eligibility. Both have been tremendous leaders for us on and off the field. We expect them to have a continued impact for us on the defensive end and are excited to be returning an even more veteran defensive unit in 2020-2021."
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Both have also seen success in the classroom as the duo were both named to the 2018 and '19 Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention teams. Collawn is a psychology major and will change her communication minor to a major with the extra semesters, while Lisella is able to add a business minor to her speech, language and hearing sciences major. She also has an education minor.
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OFFICIAL welcome and congrats to the 10 incoming lacrosse Buffs!


Direct link to the full announcement with more on each freshman - https://cubuffs.com/news/2020/6/3/lacrosse-announces-2021-freshmen.aspx

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BOULDER — Colorado lacrosse head coach Ann Elliott Whidden has announced the addition of 10 freshman to the roster for the 2021 season. Six members of the class are from the East Coast, while a pair hail from the Midwest. The other two athletes are from California and Texas.

NamePos.Ht.Hometown (High School/Club)
Danielle HeintzG5-6Brewster, N.Y. (Brewster/Cobra Kai)
Jordan JohnsonM5-5Rumson, N.J. (Rumson Fair Haven Regional/T3 Shore Elite)
Zoe McElhaneyM5-3Frisco, Texas (Wakeland/GRIT)
Mack MooreA5-5Fort Washington, Pa. (Upper Dublin/Ultimate Goal Lacrosse)
Maddi OtaM5-4Blue Bell, Pa. (Germantown Academy/Big 4 HHH)
Morgan PenceM5-7Great Falls, Va. (Georgetown Visitation Prep/Capital Lacrosse)
Madeline PisaniM5-5Clarendon Hills, Ill. (Hinsdale Central/Summit Lacrosse)
Taylor SmithM5-7Basking Ridge, N.J. (Basking Ridge/STEPS Lacrosse)
Ashley StokesM5-7Santa Ana, Calif. (Foothill/OC ACES
Sydney ZimmermanM5-6Rockford, Mich. (Rockford/Summit Elite)

Complete bios for student-athletes are below:
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Note- none of these 2020/21 frosh are "surprises" to this thread. Below is a list that shows which post #'s in this thread these new Buffs commitments were noted/ discussed:

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Note - for trivia "Buffs", looks like this may be the last lacrosse class that has members who committed early in their high school years before lacrosse (and I believe softball), with NCAA approval, became the 1st sports (back in April 2017) that changed their recruiting rules so that 1st contact with a prospective student-athlete can't occur before September 1st of their junior year. (Of this 2020/21 group of freshman, looks like Maddi Ota was the 1st commit (at least known to this thread) back in October 2016, which I believe was early in her freshman year.) Also wanted to note that all the other Buff Olympic sports did not have their rules changed until May 1st, 2019.
 
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