Colorado College Dominates Dallas in SCAC Opener

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Colorado College scored early and often in its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference opener against the University of Dallas on Saturday afternoon at Washburn Field.

The Tigers struck for four goals during the opening 2:36 and never looked back during the 17-2 victory over the out-manned Crusaders.

Junior midfielder Charles Curtis opened the scoring 42 seconds into the game after taking a feed from senior attackman Moses Taylor. Sophomore attacker Tyler Allen gave CC a 2-0 lead with only 1:52 expired, and senior attackman Hunter Sprole scored what proved to be the third game-winning goal of his career just seven seconds later.

Eight different Tigers, including senior defenseman Ian Coughlan, scored during the first quarter that ended with Colorado College leading 9-0.

"We got exactly what we wanted out of today's game," head coach Sean Woods said. "We wanted to be deep and play as many guys as we could. We talked about when you get the opportunity to play, you need to execute at the level that anyone else would. Our guys did a good job of that today."

UD senior goaltender Blaise DuFrain made nine of his 23 saves during the second quarter, allowing only a man-up tally by junior midfielder Steve Rijo midway through the period and a score by freshman attackman Ben Dohrmann with just 1:35 to go before the break.

After senior attackman Moses Taylor struck for a man-up goal 4:21 into the second half, junior midfielder Stephen Joseph broke up the shutout with a shot that trickled over the line after it was nearly stopped by CC sophomore goalkeeper Zach Steedman. Freshman midfielder Frank Sporleder added a second goal for the Crusaders midway through the fourth quarter.

Freshman attacker Bennett Krishock struck for three goals and set up three other scores to pace the Tigers' balanced attack. Sprole finished with two goals and assist, while Taylor, Allen and sophomore attacker Jake Smith each recorded one score and a pair of assists.

Steedman stopped one shot for the Tigers, who held a conference opponent to fewer than five goals for the 11th time in 15 tries. Steedman lowered his goals-against average to 5.33. Smith led the defensive effort with four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Colorado College finished with a 70-12 advantage in total shots and a 50-26 edge in ground balls. CC improved to 2-1 overall, while Dallas dropped to 0-4.

"Being a conference opponent, we played hard, but we didn't want to embarrass them," Woods said. "We didn't purposely stall, but we wanted to have good possessions."

Colorado College plays host to Western New England University in a non-conference game on Wednesday afternoon.

"Western New England is a very good team and they get up and down the field," Woods said. "It will be a great test for us, but our guys are ready for the challenge."

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