Tigers Used Balanced Attack to Pull Away from Frostburg

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Colorado College scored nine unanswered goals in the second half and pulled away for a convincing 17-5 victory over Frostburg State University on Wednesday afternoon at a windy Stewart Field.

CC improved to 6-0 for the first time since 2005 when it advanced to the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Frostburg State rebounded from an early five-goal deficit to pull to within 8-5 on goals by sophomore midfielder Malory Brunett and senior attacker Ali Kapustin with 25:59 remaining in the game, but from that point on it was all Tigers.

Sophomore attacker Elise Burchard scored an unassisted goal 2:35 later to slow FSU's comeback attempt and Colorado College seized the momentum for good when sophomore attacker Madeline Scherer and freshman midfielder Leigh Nicholl found the net in a span of 1:30 to give the Tigers a 10-5 lead.

Just like it has all season, the CC defense tightened up in the second half. After its two early goals, Frostburg State managed only additional shots during the final 26 minutes. During that time, the Tigers forced 13 turnovers and scooped up 17 of 25 ground balls.

"We regrouped at halftime and cut down on some of our unforced errors," said junior goaltender Abby Fink, who finished with four saves. "The defense stayed focused and applied a great deal of pressure. We also kept winning draws and possessing the ball, which gave our offense plenty of scoring opportunities."

Senior midfielder Bailey Terhune led the defense with four ground balls and freshman midfielder Dylan Voneiff had two draw controls and caused a pair of turnovers.

Through its first six games, Colorado College now has outscored its opponents 38-9 in the second half.

Senior midfielder Grace Maloney scored twice during the opening 2:43 to ignite a 5-0 run, but the Bobcats used a 3-1 run to stay within striking distance.

Junior midfielder Chelsea Feeney put FSU on the board with 19:00 remaining in the first half and Brunett added a free-position goal a little more than four minutes later to cut her team's deficit to three goals.

Clinging to a 6-3 lead late in the first half, senior midfielder Kelsey Morell scored with just 29 seconds remaining before the break and again 27 seconds into the second half to give the Tigers an 8-3 lead.

"We had a lot of momentum early in the game, but after they got close right before the half, it was important for us to pull ahead and regain our confidence," Morell said. "It's nice that we have so many players involved in the scoring. We're hard to stop because we don't depend on one player to carry the team."

Maloney struck for a season-high four goals to pace the CC offense, while junior attacker Ellie Cole tied her season highs of three goals and four points.

Nine different players scored at least one goal for the Tigers, who tied their season high with 17 goals.

Junior goaltender Naomi Swan made eight saves for the Bobcats, who slipped to 3-3.

Colorado College plays host to Babson College on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

2012-03-21



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