Garden, Cranmer Lead Colorado College Past Whittier

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. After watching the offense dominate in the first two victories of the season, the Colorado College women's lacrosse team showed that it can win a game with its defense, too.

Valerie Cranmer made 10 saves in her first start of the season to lead the Tigers to a 13-3 victory at Whittier College on Sunday afternoon. The CC defense allowed just 15 total shots, including 13 on goal.

Gioia Garden got it done at both ends of the field, grabbing a team-high five ground balls and adding a two goals and an assist.

Grace Maloney put Colorado College on the board just 32 seconds into the game and Kristin Rider gave the Tigers a two-goal advantage 2:52 later. After Danell Booher scored with for the Poets with 21:29 remaining in the first half, CC answered with four consecutive goals over the next 10:08 to take a 6-1 lead.

Whittier's Katie Clinnin and Sherise Varga struck 42 seconds apart to trim CC's lead to 6-3, but that was the last time the Poets would get a shot past Cranmer.

Maggie Defanti's goal with 3:41 remaining in the first half to push the Tiger lead to 7-3 after 30 minutes, and CC scored all six goals in the second half to seal the victory.

Colorado College got goals from nine different players and at least one point from 11. Rider and Garden paced the Tigers with two goals and an assist, while Maloney and Bailey Terhune each found the cage twice. Ginny Rider and Ali Zarlengo had a pair of assists,

Scarlet Prati had three ground balls, while Jenny Lauricella forced a pair of turnovers.

The Tigers improved to 3-0, while the Poets dropped to 1-2.

Colorado College will return to Southern California for a pair of matches next weekend, including a key West Region showdown with Claremont Colleges on Friday night.

2009-03-08



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