A huge second half creates an upset, 14-7, for Colorado. The #14 Denver Lady Pioneers kicked off their 2021 season against the upset-minded, Colorado Lady Buffaloes (1-2) in Boulder Falls. The Pios, playing their first game in 354 days and featuring a very youthful squad, couldn’t keep up in this one.
Anna Palmisano, Sara Palmisano, Abby Jenkins, Bryn McCaughey and goaltender, Vic Macres all made their debut. Colorado came out of the gate on fire scoring three goals in 2:06. Sadie Grozier (4g), Charlie Rudy (3g) off a feed from Zoe Lawless and Ashley Stokes (1g,2a) did the honors.
Denver stopped the run in the person of Bea Behrins (1g) but Colorado answered with a second from Grozier and Chloe Williard (1g,2a) that got it to 5-1. Elsa Radochonski (2g) countered but Rudy had a response. Kayla DeRose (1g) and Lilly Curry (1g) with :05 on the clock, closed the half at Denver looking at a 6-4 deficit.
At 25:18 Grozier made it 7-4. Denver had fight in them with Lily Montemarano (1g) and Kaitlyn Conry (1g,1a) made it a one-goal game at 7-6. The stage was set for a wild finish. Unfortunately for Denver, they didn’t get invited.
Morgan Pence (2g) and Radochonski offset each other and Colorado turned up the heat and scored the next six thanks to Zoe Lawless, Grozier, another from Lawless, Morgan Pence, Rudy, and finally, Lawless with her 6th of the season to close out the 14-7 score. A huge second half creates an upset.