Colorado College Edges Sewanee for SCAC Title

SEWANEE, Tenn. Back-to-back goals by sophomore attacker Elise Burchard gave Colorado College a four-goal lead with 8:40 remaining and the top-seeded Tigers withstood a late comeback by Sewanee to record a 10-9 victory in the championship game of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.

CC appeared to be in complete control after junior attacker Ellie Cole struck for three consecutive goals, the last of which put her team ahead by an 8-3 count with 16:47 remaining.

Less than two minutes later, freshman attacker Mallory Grimm ignited a three-goal outburst that allowed the host Tigers to trim their deficit to 8-6 with 12:24 to play after senior midfielder Meg Welton and senior attacker Page Carpenter scored just 10 seconds apart.

Burchard slowed Sewanee's momentum with what proved to be the first game-winning goal of her career, but Welton struck again 73 seconds later and cut CC's lead to 10-8 with 4:58 to play.

Junior goaltender Abby Fink made two of her eight saves during the final five minutes, with both shots coming off Welton's stick. Fink also denied Sewanee on two of its eight free-position shots.

Welton added her sixth goal of the contest, the fourth on a free-position opportunity, with one second remaining.

Cole paced the Colorado College attack with three goals and a pair of assists, while senior midfielder Grace Maloney scored twice and set up a third marker.

Junior midfielder Kate Krieger found the net twice in the first half, including one during the final 2:18 when CC struck for three consecutive goals to grab a 5-2 lead after 30 minutes.

Junior defender Nancy Makuch paced the Colorado College defense with three ground balls and a caused turnover.

Senior goalie Amy Nusbaum finished with six saves for the hosts, who finished with a 26-24 edge in total shots.

Maloney finished the season with career highs of 47 goals and 26 points, and her 73 points ranks second only to Cassie Abel's total of 78 set during the 2004 campaign.

Colorado College improved to 15-3 overall, while Sewanee slipped to 11-6. CC swept the season series and avenged last year's loss to Sewanee in the championship game.

2012-04-29



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