Colorado College Makes Quick Work of Trine in Home Opener

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Senior attackman Steve Rijo and sophomore midfielder Henri Halle recorded three goals and five points apiece to lead Colorado College to a 23-3 victory over Trine in the Tigers' home opener on Friday night at Washburn Field.

Sophomore midfielder Nick Ahrens put CC on the board 3:49 into the first period and Rijo doubled the lead 56 seconds later, the first of four times the hosts struck for two goals in less than a minute.

On a cool and overcast night, Colorado College was just getting warmed up.

After sophomore Gray Ritger scored an unassisted goal midway through the quarter, sophomore midfielder Sayre Thomas struck for what proved to be the game winner with 2:40 remaining in the opening period.

Senior attacker Charles Curtis recorded three of his game-high four assists during the first half to help the Tigers open a 10-0 lead after 30 minutes.

Freshman attackman Chris Lee scored two of his three goals in the third quarter, which also saw sophomore midfielder Brooks Pinnick and freshman attackman Robert Prior notch the first goal of their careers. Freshman midfielder Charlie Neaves found the net for the first time with 1:10 remaining in the game.

Colorado College led 20-0 before senior midfielder Dalton Madsen broke up the shutout with the first of his two goals with 5:58 to play. Sophomore midfielder Adam Martin also scored for the Thunder (0-3).

In addition to his two goals and an assist, Thomas won eight of 14 face-offs and grabbed a team-high nine ground balls.

All four goaltenders played for CC. Freshman Chase Murphy stopped all nine shots he faced in 34:53 of action. Junior Zach Steedman made three saves.

Sophomore Matt Lamb turned aside seven shots before giving way to freshman Sam Margulis 3:53 into the second half.

Junior midfielder Rob Brezinski scooped up a game-high 16 ground balls and went 16 for 23 in face-offs.

Colorado College (3-1) returns to action on Wednesday, March 13, when the Tigers open their six-game spring break schedule against Wheaton College at 4:00 p.m.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Trine (0-3) could not capitalize on the opportunities given to them by Colorado College, and as a result were not able to keep up with the Tigers (3-1) falling 23-3 in their final game of their Spring trip. Colorado exploited Trine's penalties as they converted on four extra-man opportunities while the Thunder were 0-10 in man-up chances.

After trading possessions with Colorado College in the opening minutes, Trine would give up its first goal after being unable to possess the ball and move it downfield four minutes into the game. The mistake was compounded when, after winning the ensuing faceoff, the ball was subsequently turned over and the Tigers took advantage of the extra chance awarded to them.

Late in the first, Colorado College took advantage of a failed clear and jammed the ball right down the middle of the Thunder defense. Trine couldn't stop the odd-man transition, and another shot went through the pipes. After a slashing penalty, the Tigers converting on the man-up opportunity and the scoreboard read 5-0 to end the first quarter.

The beginning of a new quarter wouldn't bring a new result for Trine as Colorado outscored the Thunder 5-0 in the period. Trine had multiple man-up opportunities in the period, but were unable to convert.

In the second half, a four-goal run over the opening 4 minutes sealed the outcome of the game for the Tigers. Down 15-0, Trine replaced its goalie and tried to put its best foot forward while giving some of the team's reserves playing time.

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2013-03-09



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