Kreiger Helps Tigers Reach SCAC Title Game

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Sophomore midfielder Kate Krieger struck for three goals and added an assist as Colorado College advanced to the title game of the 2011 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship with an 18-4 victory over Centre College on Saturday afternoon.

The second-seeded Tigers earned an opportunity to avenge their only loss of the season on Sunday when they face Sewanee. The tournament's top seed defeated host Birmingham-Southern College, 20-11, earlier in the day. CC dropped a 17-14 decision at Sewanee on March 24.

Colorado College, which extended its winning streak to eight games and improved to 12-1 overall, grabbed a two-goal lead less than a minute into the game when Ginna Oates converted on a free-position shot with only 33 seconds expired and Ellie Cole found the net 11 seconds later.

The Colonels trailed just 4-2 after Sarah Mastey recorded the first of her two goals, but Leslie Jacoby and Krieger scored three goals apiece as the Tigers ran off eight unanswered markers to build a 12-2 lead after 30 minutes.

Colorado College tacked on the first three goals of the second half to extend its lead to 13 points, and after Mastey scored with 17:33 remaining in the game, the Tigers added their final three goals to build its largest lead at 18-3.

Abby Fink stopped seven of nine shots faced during the first half to earn the victory. Katy Stetson made four saves in the final 30 minutes between the pipes.

Elise Burchard also finished with four points on a goal and three assists. CC got goals from nine different players while 11 had at least one point.

The Tigers amassed a 38-18 advantage in total shots and posted a 25-16 edge in ground balls. Colorado College won 11 of 15 draw controls in the first half while building a 10-point lead.

Lauren Esterle steered aside 13 shots while going the distance in goal for Centre, which dropped to 11-6. Meg Hawthorne led the Colonel's with a game-high five ground balls, but she did not figure in any of her team's four goals after scoring seven during the 21-15 loss at CC on April 17.


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