Smith Propels Colorado College Past Millsaps

JACKSON, Miss. Sophomore attackman Jake Smith struck for five goals and set up five more to lead Colorado College to a 25-2 victory over Millsaps College on Sunday afternoon.

The Tigers improved 10-2 overall and 9-0 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with their eighth consecutive win. The Majors slipped to 3-11 overall and 2-7 in league play.

Six different players scored for CC during the first quarter, including senior attackman Hunter Sprole who scored his third game-winning goal of the season 6:50 into the contest.

After freshman attackman Scott Budd put Millsaps on the scoreboard with a man-up goal by 3:50 into the second quarter, the Tigers ran off 10 unanswered markers to build a 16-1 lead after 30 minutes.

Colorado College scored nine consecutive goals in the second half before Budd put a shot past junior midfielder Charles Curtis, who relieved sophomore Zach Steedman in goal with 23 seconds to play.

Steedman stopped two of three shots for the Tigers, who allowed a season-low five shots.

Senior long-stick midfielder Zach Pierce and freshman defender Connor Ervin caused three turnovers apiece for CC, which forced a season-high 22 as a team.

Freshman midfielder Sayre Thomas grabbed a game-high nine ground balls while Pierce added seven.

Fourteen Tigers scored at least once while 16 recorded one or more points. Sprole and freshman attackman Bennett Krishock finished with three goals, while senior attackman Moses Taylor added a pair of scores and assists.

Colorado College matched its season high for goals first set during Friday's 25-2 victory at Rhodes. The Tigers also tied their season high with 70 total shots

CC held an opponent to five goals or fewer for the seventh game in a row and the eighth time this season.

Sophomore goalie Chris Hood finished with 22 saves for the Majors.

Colorado College returns to action on Friday, April 27, when it plays Sewanee in a semifinal game of the 2012 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship at Birmingham-Southern College.


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