Defanti, Fink Help Colorado College Hold off Skidmore

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Maggie Defanti scored a career-high five goals and Abby Fink made 10 saves to help Colorado College defeat Skidmore College, 14-13, in a foul-plagued game on Wednesday night at CC's Washburn Field.

Skidmore jumped out to an early 3-1 lead 4:08 into the game after Lauren McCarthy and Mackenzie Staub scored 59 seconds apart, but the Tigers scored seven of the next eight goals after Fink was inserted between the pipes and CC built an 8-4 lead when Defanti scored her third goal with 6:59 remaining in the first half.

The Thoroughbreds pulled to within 8-5 after Lauren Madden scored with just over 16 seconds remaining in the opening half and Kimberly Segalas notched the first goal of the second half on a free-position shot while a pair of Tigers were on the sidelines after receiving yellow cards.

The damage could have been worse, but the Tigers won the next two faceoffs and Kristin Rider scored her second goal of the game while CC was down tow players. Colorado College then added four of the next five goals to build a 13-7 lead with 10:58 to play.

After Leslie Jacoby struck for what proved to be the game-winning goal with 9:27 to go, the Tigers turned the ball over on offensive zone fouls on three of their next four possessions and Lindsay Stavola struck for four consecutive goals in a span of 4:48 to make the score 14-12 with 2:39 to play.

Lauren Madden cut Skidmore's deficit to one goal with 2:39 remaining, but her free-position shot with just under a minute left in the game was blocked and the Thoroughbreds were unable to launch a shot during the final 33 seconds.

Fink stopped half of the 20 shots on goal that she faced after relieving Valerie Cranmer 4:08 into the game. The freshman goalie improved to 3-0. Rachel Klein made eight saves on 22 shots faced.

Jacoby finished with three goals for CC, while Kristin Rider finished with two scores and a pair of assists. Rider also had seven draw controls and a pair of ground balls.

Madden had three goals and two assists to pace Skidmore. McCarthy led the defensive effort with four ground balls and three draw controls.

The Tigers were called for 39 fouls and given four yellow cards, while the Thoroughbreds were whistled for 36 fouls and received a pair of cards.

Colorado College travels to Division II Regis University on Friday afternoon.

2010-03-18



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