Colorado College Dominates in Victory Over Carthage

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. One day after doing just enough to defeat Mount Holyoke in overtime, Colorado College dominated at both ends of the field and rolled to a 15-3 victory over Carthage College at Stewart Field.

"We didn't play a full 60-minute game against Mount Holyoke," head coach Susan Stuart said. "Our focus was starting out strong and playing in the moment from the beginning to the end. I felt like we did that at both ends of the field."

CC fired on all cylinders in the offensive zone, getting goals from nine different players and at least one point from 11. At the defensive end, the Tigers caused 10 turnovers and held the Lady Reds to a season-low three goals.

"I'm really happy to see the improvements we've made over the last five games," senior midfielder Grace Maloney said. "We've gotten more comfortable playing with each other and playing as a team, not as individuals. We need to keep up the intensity and remained focused to keep things rolling."

The Lady Reds took their only lead of the game when senior midfielder Hannah Sopeth converted on a free-position shot to open the scoring 6:12 into the first half.

It took CC six minutes to answer that goal, but once sophomore attacker Elise Burchard tied the game with an unassisted tally at the 17:12 mark, the floodgates opened.

Sophomore attacker Madeline Scherer put Colorado College ahead to stay 39 seconds later, and then freshman midfielder Dylan Voneiff notched the first of her two goals to complete the 3-0 run that took just 1:42.

Sophomore goaltender Ali Gorman, who finished with 10 saves, kept the Tigers off the board for a little more than 10 minutes and Carthage cut its deficit to one goal when senior attacker Mary Handrahan found the net with 8:03 remaining in the first half.

But just like the first time the Lady Reds scored, CC answered with a trifecta of goals.

Maloney struck for what proved to be her second game-winning tally of the season with 4:45 to go and then freshmen Madeline Pitkin and Leigh Nicholl scored just 28 seconds apart to give Colorado College a 6-2 lead with 3:18 to play before halftime.

Carthage pulled to within 6-3 when Sopeth added her second marker late in the first half, but that proved to be the last shot that would elude Abby Fink. The junior goaltender had to stop just four shots during the final 30 minutes with most of the action occurring at the other end of the field.

"The defensive pressure we applied today is what we are looking to see," Stuart said. "We want our players to take some risks knowing the rest of the defense has their backs. They are really good at seeing the middle and helping when someone breaks into the middle. The team defense has been tremendous and we took it up a notch today."

Voneiff struck for a man-down goal 53 seconds into the second half and the Tigers added five more goals during a span of 6:30 midway through the frame.

Despite playing a shorthanded for 10 minutes due to five yellow cards, CC finished with a 35-21 advantage in total shots. The Tigers also scooped up 30 ground balls, compared to just 14 for the Lady Reds.

Maloney paced Colorado College's balanced attack with three goals and an assist, while Pitkin finished with two scores and a pair of helpers. Sophomore defender Krysti Kiesel led the defense with five ground balls, while senior midfielder Bailey Terhune tied her career best with three caused turnovers.

"We needed a game like that for our confidence, especially after the way we played yesterday," Stuart said. "It was nice the games were back to back to get that performance out of the way. Hopefully it gives us some momentum going into the rest of the week."

Colorado College (5-0) plays host to Frostburg State University on Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

2012-03-20



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