Jacoby Lifts Tigers Past Mount Holyoke in Overtime

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Senior attacker Leslie Jacoby scored 3:20 into overtime to give Colorado College a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over Mount Holyoke College on Sunday afternoon at Stewart Field.

Jacoby took a feed from freshman midfielder Leigh Nicholl, who was stationed behind the right post, and buried the shot from 12 feet away.

"It was so exciting," Jacoby said. "We had the composure to get it together at the end. I just happened to be the one who was open. It was a great pass from Leigh. I'm happy for her, too."

Sophomore defender Sheridan Gribbon set up the deciding sequence when she intercepted a pass near midfield and carried the ball into CC's offensive zone before passing to Nicholl.

The Tigers had a goal waved off when freshman attacker Madeline Pitkin was called for a dangerous shot after her follow-through hit a MHC defender. Forty-five seconds later, following a Lyons' turnover caused by junior midfielder Ginna Oates, senior midfielder Grace Maloney clanked a shot off the right post while Pitkin was serving her two-minute penalty.

Mount Holyoke built a 5-2 lead after 30 minutes and went ahead by five goals after Kirsten Kilburn scored on a free-position shot 4:02 into the second half.

Still, Jacoby and the Tigers never felt like they were out of game.

"I was very confident," Jacoby said. "We're a second-half team, for sure. But that's something we're trying to work on, coming out better from the start and not getting down. We got pumped up at halftime and made it happen."

Oates ignited the Colorado College rally when she converted on a pair of free-position attempts in a span 1:40, then Nicholl and Maloney cut their deficit to 7-6 with 10:35 remaining.

Junior attacker Christina Horimoto extended the Lyon's advantage to 8-6 when she weaved her way through the Tiger defense 1:30 later.

Junior attacker Ellie Cole pulled CC to within a goal after taking a pass from Pitkin, and then Pitkin tied the contest on a free-position attempt with 4:25 to play in regulation.

The Tigers launched 19 shots during the closing 23:41 of the second half. After Kilburn scored with 25:58 to play, MHC managed only five additional shots in the second half and overtime.

Colorado College finished the contest with a 29-20 advantage in total shots and a 31-22 edge in ground balls.

Junior goaltender Abby Fink finished with 10 saves for CC. Junior Jamie Theophilos stopped 12 shots for the Lyons before giving way to classmate Liz Malenfant with 10:35 remaining in the second half.

Jacoby and Oates paced the Tigers with a pair of scores, while Cole, Nicholl and Pitkin each finished with a goal and an assist.

Gribbon led the defense with five ground balls, two caused turnovers and a pair of draw controls.

The overtime victory was the first for Colorado College since defeating Regis University 14-11 on April 3, 2010, at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

The last time CC won an overtime game at Stewart Field was on May 15, 2005, when it came from behind to defeat Cortland State, 10-9, to advance to the national semifinals.

The Tigers improved to 4-0 overall, while the Lyons slipped to 3-1.

Colorado College won't celebrate the victory for long as they return to action on Monday afternoon against Carthage College at 4:00 p.m.

2012-03-18



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