Tigers Top Birmingham-Southern in Shootout

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Grace Maloney struck for a career-high six goals to help Colorado College survive, 20-16, in a shootout at Birmingham-Southern on Wednesday night.

Maloney scored four times as the Tigers built a 13-6 lead, but it was her two goals during a 4-1 run inside the final 10 minutes that helped CC derail the Panthers' comeback.

BSC made things interesting when they scored five consecutive goals to cut the Colorado College lead to 16:51 to play. But after Alexis Sweda pulled BSC to within 16-14 on a free-position shot with 15:18 to go, the Tiger defense finally slowed Birmingham-Southern down and allowed just two goals the rest of the way.

Hollis Moore had four caused turnovers and three ground balls for CC, while Maloney had a game-high five draw controls and three ground balls.

Sarah Phillips tallied what proved to be the game-winning goal on a free-position shot with 9:50 to go, one of eight the Tigers scored on nine opportunities. Birmingham-Southern converted on just two of seven chances.

After Ashley Johnson gave 'Southern a 3-2 lead 5:48 into the game, Maloney ignited a 9-1 run that put Colorado College ahead 11-4 with 3:28 remaining in the first half. The lead might have been larger had it not been for Johnson, who scored four of her seven goals during the opening 30 minutes.

CC's Anna Crosby finished with a career-high four goals, while Ellie Cole added a pair of scores and a game-high three assists.

Ten players scored for the Tigers, who have struck for 20 goals in back-to-back games for the first time since early in the 2009 season when CC defeated Misericordia University (21-8) and University of Redlands (22-14).

The Tigers had a 35-23 advantage in total shots, but Kathy Bates came up big for the Panthers by making 11 saves.

Lindsay Griffin and Chelsea Van Voorhis scored three goals apiece for BSC.

The last time CC allowed 16 goals during a victory was against Regis University on April 24, 2008, when the Tigers held on for an 18-17 triumph in Denver.

Colorado College, which improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the SCAC, is back in action on Thursday at Sewanee.


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