Offense Carries Tigers Past Centre College

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Sophomore attacker Sarah Phillips scored four of her career-high five goals during the first half as Colorado College built a commanding 10-point lead and cruised to a 21-15 victory over Centre College on Sunday afternoon at Stewart Field.

CC improved to 11-1 overall and 3-1 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with its sixth consecutive victory. The Colonels slipped to 11-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play.

The Tigers seized control midway through the opening frame when Hadley Bergh ignited an 11-1 run with a pair of goals just 16 seconds apart. After Lara Atkins added two more tallies, seven of her teammates found the net once as CC built a commanding 16-5 lead with 2:15 remaining in the opening frame.

Colorado College extended its advantage to 12 goals after Bergh tacked on her third and fourth markers during the opening 1:35 of the second half, but the Tigers managed only three more scores the rest of the game.

CC maintained a comfortable 10-point cushion until the Colonels added four unanswered goals during the final 5:13.

Meg Hawthorne led Centre with a game-high seven tallies. Sarah Mastey and Frances Fischer each scored three goals, five of which came during the final 16:07. Mastey also had a game-high seven draw controls and caused a pair of turnovers.

The Tigers launched 43 shots, compared to 23 for the Colonels. Eleven different players scored for CC, which reached the 20-goal mark for the third time this season. Leslie Jacoby and Anna Crosby added two goals apiece, while Ellie Cole, Kate Krieger and Kelsey Morell each scored once and set up another.

Centre's Lauren Esterle made 10 of her 14 saves during the second half.

Colorado College's Abby Fink made two saves during the first 30 minutes between the pipes. Katy Stetson stopped three shots during the second half.

Elise Burchard and Ginna Oates each grabbed four draw controls for the Tigers, who finished with a 23-15 advantage. Phillips picked up a team-high four ground balls.

Colorado College travels to Birmingham, Ala., next weekend for the inaugural Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.


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