Pierce, Tigers Grind Out a Victory Over Sewanee

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Zach Pierce made sure the Colorado College defense played better than it did while allowing 10 goals on Friday night. He grabbed a career-high 10 ground balls and tied his single-game best with five caused turnovers to help CC grind out a 13-8 win over Sewanee on Sunday at Washburn Field.

"Zach was all over the field," head coach Sean Woods said. "He's really impressed me with his ability to get from end line to end line, play on the offensive side and the defensive side, and create ground balls off face-offs. Zach is really special."

With Pierce leading the way, Colorado College finished with 12 caused turnover and a 34-31 edge in ground balls. After allowing the first score, the defense stiffened and the Rocky Mountain Tigers scored seven of the next nine goals to build a 7-3 lead at the half.

"We were trying to bounce back on a good note after our last game," said Pierce, who found the net for the first time this season 52 seconds into the second half. "We were not happy with our performance against Centre. We won the ground ball war and played a physical game today."

Following a tally by Sewanee sophomore midfielder Reed Daniel, senior attackman Moses Taylor and sophomore midfielder Jack Kreitler scored 70 seconds apart to give CC its largest lead at 10-4 with 7:35 remaining in the third quarter.

That's when things got interesting.

Sophomore attacker Davis Brown struck for three consecutive goals, two while playing a man up and another while both teams had a player in the penalty area, as Sewanee cut its deficit to 10-7 with 9:44 remaining.

In addition to losing its comfortable lead, Colorado College also lost Kreitler for the remainder of the game after he took a cross-check to the head with 10:23 to play. Adding insult to injury, he was assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after voicing his displeasure over the flagrant hit and Sewanee scored 39 seconds after being awarded possession.

"Jack was injured on a pretty vicious hit, but he might be OK," Woods said. "He had a good game on Friday and played mistake free this afternoon. He played terrific today and took smart shots."

Taylor, the victim of a late hit at the end of the first quarter, got his revenge by scoring three goals during the final 6:37 to ice the game for CC.

Taylor led Colorado College with four goals and assist, while Kreitler finished the day with a career-high four goals on six shots.

"Our man-down unit struggled because we had more penalties than we are used to, but our six-on-defense was much improved from Friday," Woods said. "We knew that if we could keep it a six-on-six game, it would be to our benefit.

"Our undisciplined play between the lines allowed them to hang around a little longer than we expected them to, but it was a hard-fought win. We were able to grind it out and I was impressed how our guys were able to finish the game the way they did."

CC committed five turnovers before launching its first shot of the game, which allowed Sewanee the opportunity to take its only lead of the game on a goal by junior midfielder Rob Finnegan.

Sophomore attackman Tyler Allen finally put Colorado College on the board with 6:30 to play in the first quarter. Kreitler gave his team the lead with an unassisted goal at the 3:16 mark, and CC doubled its lead when Charles Curtis scored a man-up goal after the late hit on Taylor.

Colorado College extended its lead to 5-1 on a pair of goals by Hunter Sprole. The senior attackman scored a man-up goal 28 seconds into the second quarter after taking a feed from Taylor and struck again a little more than five minutes later after snagging the rebound of a shot by sophomore attackman Jake Smith just outside the crease near the right pipe.

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