Comeback Falls Short vs. CMS; Bulldogs Suffer First Loss

Despite an impressive second-half surge, University of Redlands fell short in its comeback against visiting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, leading to the Bulldogs' first loss of the 2011 season. Down by as many as six goals, Redlands rallied to within one but simply ran out of time, and suffered the difficult 16-17 defeat on Wednesday at Farquhar Field.

After the teams traded goals in a tight opening nine minutes, CMS rattled off three unanswered scores to create an advantage it would never relinquish. The Athenas eventually built an 11-7 halftime lead and appeared to be in control of the match.

However, the Bulldogs refused to go away quietly. Following CMS' back-to-back goals to open the second stanza, Redlands erupted for four straight netters in a four-minute span to make it an 11-13 game with 24:31 to go. During this stretch, freshman midfielder KK McCaslin (Portland, OR) recorded two goals and one assist to lead the Bulldog offense.

After the teams traded free-position goals, the Athenas put together consecutive scores to make it a four-netter game at 16-12.

With just over 15 minutes to go, Redlands still had time to claw its way back. The Bulldogs rattled off three straight scores, with freshman midfielder Jacky Craycraft (Lake Forest, CA), junior midfielder Megan Prickett (Poway, CA) and sophomore attacker Aimee Dewan (Alamo, CA) each finding the back of the net to pull their team within one at the five-minute mark.

Unfortunately, CMS' Madi Shove scored the eventual game-winner at 1:57, making it 17-15 in favor of the Athenas.

However, Redlands' Craycraft responded with a huge interception in the defensive third of the field and took the ball all the way past the Athena goalkeeper after juking a defender to the ground.

Down by one with a minute to go, the Bulldogs pressured their opponents, trying to force a turnover. Redlands managed to gain one more opportunity but lost possession in front of the CMS net, leading to the heartbreaking loss.

For the Maroon and Gray, Craycraft finished with a team-high seven goals on eight shots while McCaslin stepped up with five goals and two assists.

Sophomore attack player Crystal Painter (Lake George, NY) contributed five draw controls, three ground balls and one assist.

Junior goalkeeper Ana Martinez (Pleasanton, CA) patrolled the Redlands cage, making four saves for the Bulldogs.

CMS gained eight goals from Sarah Dick while Shove backed her with five scores.

Athena goalkeeper Katie Campbell-Morrison recorded eight saves in 60 minutes of work.

Redlands (9-1, 1-1 SCIAC) takes to the road for its next four contests, beginning with Saturday's 11:00 a.m. match at Whittier College.

2011-03-31



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