Maloney Joins Elite Company in Tigers' Loss at Centre

DANVILLE, Ky. Freshman goaltender Allison Eisner stopped a free-position shot by senior midfielder Grace Maloney with four seconds to play as Centre College hung on for a 12-11 victory over Colorado College on Saturday morning at Farris Field.

The Tigers and Colonels are now tied atop the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 4-1 record in league play. Sewanee, which plays host to next weekend's SCAC tournament, can make it a three-way tie with a victory at Millsaps College on Sunday.

With four goals and two assists, Maloney became the first Tiger to eclipse the 40-goal mark in a single season since Kate Fitzgerald (47) and Robin Harvey (41) in 2007, as well as the first CC player to record 60 points since Cassie Abel (78) and Helen Sneath (66) in 2004.

Colorado College appeared to be in control after Maloney struck for back-to-back goals and set up the next two as the Tigers built a 5-1 lead just 8:47 into the contest.

But CC took its foot off the gas and freshman midfielder Andrea Merchak scored a pair of markers, including first one with 26 seconds remaining in the first half, to help Centre pull to within 8-7 after 30 minutes.

After the Colonel's sophomore attacker Katie Cremer tied the score 1:53 into the second half, senior attacker Leslie Jacoby put the Tigers ahead for the final time with 23:11 to play.

Sophomore midfielder Med Hawthorne knotted the score 1:48 later and, after freshman attacker Audrey Powers put Centre ahead, gave her team an 11-9 advantage with 16:57 to play.

Colorado College pulled to within one on Maloney's fourth tally with 8:47 to play, but Hawthorne scored what proved to be the game winner with 2:48 to play.

Junior attacker Ginna Oates scored 54 seconds later, but the Tigers were unable to net the equalizer during the final 1:54.

Junior goalie Abby Fink finished with 12 saves for CC, while Eisner stopped 10 shots.

Colorado College, which slipped to 12-3, visits Mount St. Joseph College on Sunday for the final game of the regular season.

2012-04-21



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