Huffman Leads BSC to Upset of Tigers in SCAC Title Game

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Birmingham-Southern College should give its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship trophy to Andrew Huffman and let the junior goaltender keep it for as long as he wants.

Huffman stopped 15 shots, and the second-seeded Panthers upset Colorado College, 8-5, on Sunday afternoon in front of its home crowd. The victory was BSC's first in six tries against the Tigers and secured the program's first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.

CC dominated nearly every facet of the game. The Tigers led in 37-18 in total shots and 20-9 in shots on goal. Colorado College won 13 of 17 faceoffs and had a 40-29 edge in ground balls. But in the end, Huffman was the difference

After junior attackman Charles Curtis beat Huffman on the first shot of the game, the Tigers went a little more than 18 minutes without a goal before sophomore attackman Jake Smith scored to pull CC to within 4-2 with 10:56 remaining in the second quarter.

Colorado College closed to within 7-5 on tallies by freshman midfielder Henri Halle and Curtis late in the fourth quarter, but Huffman made answered with two big saves and freshman midfielder Conor Breslin put an end to the Tigers' comeback when he found the net with 2:15 to play.

Curtis and Halle paced the CC with two goals apiece, while Smith scored once and set up another.

The Colorado College defense held an opponent to fewer than 10 goals for the 12 time in 14 games, but the offense failed to reach double digits for just the fourth time.

Freshman midfielder Kevin Wylie won 14 of 17 faceoffs and grabbed a team-high six ground balls. Senior long-stick midfielder Zach Pierce caused three turnovers and recorded four ground balls.

Junior attackman Matt Ivie led the Panthers with two goals and an assist.

CC, which saw its nine-game winning streak come to an end, slipped to 11-3. Birmingham-Southern improved to 14-4.

The Tigers return to action next Saturday when they play host to Whittier College in the second annual battle for the Locker-Stabler Cup.

2012-04-29



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