Colorado College Takes Round 1 Against Sewanee

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. The 21 players on Colorado College are going to enjoy the final two days of their spring break.

Playing the last of five games during a seven-day stretch, the Rocky Mountain Tigers gained a measure of revenge against Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Sewanee with a 20-14 victory on Saturday afternoon at Stewart Field.

Not only did CC improve to 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the conference, it now has the inside track for claiming the top seed for next month's SCAC tournament in Birmingham, Ala.

"After losing twice to Sewanee last season, we were super pumped up for this game," senior midfielder Grace Maloney said. "It's great that we beat them during the regular season, but what really matters is the postseason."

Maloney finished with three goals and a pair of assists to lead a balanced Colorado College attack. Freshman attacker Madeline Pitkin scored three times during the second half, including a marker with 6:57 remaining that put an end to Sewanee's rally and proved to be the first game winner of her career.

A man-up goal by junior midfielder Anna Crosby 7:31 into the second half completed a 6-0 run that gave CC what appeared to be a comfortable 12-6 lead.

Led by senior midfielder Meg Welton, who finished with six goals and a pair of assists, Sewanee mounted a furious comeback and pulled within 14-13 after sophomore attacker Caitlin-Jean Juricic scored on a free-position shot with 9:57 remaining.

That prompted head coach Susan Stuart to use a timeout to deliver a simple message to her troops.

"We didn't say anything more than 'you know how to play this game. We've trained for this. You're ready. Go out and execute.' " Stuart said. "They did."

Pitkin and Maloney scored 15 second apart to give Colorado College a three-goal cushion, and then Pitkin and junior midfielder Ginna Oates found the net in a span of 28 seconds to give CC an 18-13 lead with 4:14 to play.

Maloney ended any hope of a comeback for Sewanee with 2:15 to play and sophomore attacker Elise Burchard added her third marker with five seconds remaining.

"We played a lot of great lacrosse this week, but it was fantastic to play the way we did during the last seven minutes when our backs were against the wall," Stuart said. "We played our fifth game in seven days, and to be able to execute when we were that exhausted is fantastic. It says a lot about the character of this team."

While the offense erupted for a 6-1 run during the final 10 minutes, the CC defense also dialed up the intensity and held Sewanee to just one shot. Senior midfielder Bailey Terhune, who had a team-high four ground balls and caused one turnover, played a big role in shutting down the Sewanee attack during the final 10 minutes.

"There was a little more pressure," Terhune said. "We needed to light a fire under ourselves, but there was never any doubt. Everyone was fired up. We knew we were going to win the game.

"It just shows that when we play hard we can take it to an opponent. We showed composure in the attack and made it look easy. That gives us confidence going into out next game with Middlebury.

Junior goalie Abby Fink made five of her eight saves during the second half for Colorado College.

CC finished with a 41-28 advantage in shots on goal and a 25-17edge in ground balls.

Senior goalkeeper Amy Nusbaum stopped 13 shots for Sewanee, which slipped to 6-3 overall and 0-1 in the SCAC.

Colorado College returns to action on Wednesday, March 28, when it plays host to No. 7 Middlebury College at 4:00 p.m.


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