Taking Down the Buffs

Commodores beat No. 24 Colorado in overtime

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Senior Cassidy Orban scored the golden goal 1:15 into overtime to give the Vanderbilt lacrosse team an 11-10 victory over No. 24 Colorado on Sunday at the David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center.

The Commodores (1-1) faced a three-goal deficit with 16:35 to go in regulation before storming back to force overtime with the score tied at 10-10. In the overtime session, Orban took a feed from Elizabeth Scarrone and found the back of the net for the game winner.


Orban, Maddie Souza, Bri Gross and Paige Finneran registered two goals apiece for the Dores with Scarrone, Gabby Fornia and Callie Sundin all adding one goal. Between the pipes, Paige Gunning racked up a career-high 13 saves to earn the win.

“I think it was an awesome team win,” Vanderbilt head coach Beth Hewitt said. “Obviously, we come in with a game plan and a scout, hoping to execute pretty well, and I think we did ok in the first half. I thought as we progressed throughout the game, we had a better idea of who was really getting it done for us today. Overall, I just think we really came together as a group, and whoever was in a the end of the game was getting it done.”

The Dores sprinted out of the gate with two goals in the opening 2:05 for a 2-0 advantage. Sundin took a Fornia pass and scored less than a minute into the game. Gross followed with another quick goal.

The Buffaloes answered with four-consecutive goals to gain the upper hand with 17:43 showing on the first-half clock.

Souza secured the first of her two goals on the day at just over the midway point of the first half before a Colorado goal made it 5-3.

Vanderbilt’s offense kicked into gear with strikes off the sticks of Scarrone and Fornia in last 8:03 before half to make it 5-5 heading to the break.

The momentum favored Colorado early in the second half with the Buffaloes accounting for four of the first five goals of the second half to regain the advantage at 9-6 with 16:45 left in regulation.

Finneran, Orban and Gross scored the game’s next three goals for Vanderbilt to level the scoring at 9-9 halfway through the second half.


After a Colorado goal, Finneran answered again with her game-tying goal with 5:09 remaining which sent the game to overtime tied at 10-10.

In overtime, Orban scored on the Dores’ first shot to put the Buffs away.

Vanderbilt held a 13-10 advantage on ground balls and was 15-of-18 on clear attempts on the day.

Sunday marked Vanderbilt’s sixth-consecutive game versus a ranked opponent. Vanderbilt now won seven-consecutive home openers, including all three under Hewitt.

Next on the schedule is home game versus Central Michigan at 1 p.m. Wednesday.


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