Tigers Have All the Answers Against Wheaton

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. After spending the last three days cramming for finals, Colorado College had all the answers during Wednesday's 9-4 victory over Wheaton College.

"I'm extremely proud of the way our guys handled this game," head coach Sean Woods said. "We had every excuse not to play well. We were coming off of a big win, it was the end of the block and our players just finished their finals, and it is the start of spring break."

With the score tied at 1-1 late in the second quarter, Jack Kreitler ignited the Tigers' attack when he scored back-to-back goals during a 4-0 run that helped CC kick off its spring break in fine fashion at a sun-splashed Washburn Field.

Kreitler drove all the way on around the net and beat junior goalkeeper Harrison Bramhall from point-blank range with 3:06 remaining in the first half to give CC a 3-1 lead. Just 1:13 later, the junior midfielder picked up a ground ball in the defensive zone and went coast-to-coast for his eighth goal of the season.

Seven seconds after the ensuing faceoff, sophomore midfielder Henri Halle grabbed a loose ball and found Tyler Allen to the left of the cage. The junior attackman struck for the Tigers' fourth tally in a span of 3:19 and notched what proved to be the game-winning goal.

"Kreitler provides instant offense," Woods said. "His back-to-back goals provided a big spark when we really needed it. Henri was fantastic at both ends of the field.

"We played very smart and handled their zone extremely well. We moved the ball around and were very unselfish."

Wheaton scored three times in the second half, the first of which came when senior attackman Billy McNamara's muscled his way through the CC defense to make the score 5-2 with 3:00 to play in the third quarter.

Each time, however, the Tigers answered with a goal of their own. Halle scored 20 seconds after McNamara with a man-down marker, the first of his three second-half goals.

The Lyons trimmed their deficit to 6-3 when sophomore attackman Matthew Hillman struck for a man-up goal 36 seconds into the fourth quarter.

This time CC's response took a little longer, but Halle put an end to any thoughts of a Wheaton comeback when he scored twice in a span 3:21 to give Colorado College an 8-3 lead with 2:10 to play. Halle tied his career highs with three goals, two assists and five points.

Freshman attackman Alex Keiver scored Wheaton's final goal with 1:41 remaining, only to see the Tigers answer nine seconds later with a tally by sophomore midfielder Sayre Thomas. Freshman goaltender Chase Murphy made for saves for the Tigers to improve to 4-1-0 between the pipes.

Junior midfielder Will Harris led the CC defense with four ground balls, while freshman defender Tim Jenkins caused three turnovers.

Bramhall stopped eight shots for the Lyons, who dropped to 0-4.

Keiver led Wheaton with a pair of goals.

Colorado College begins a four-game road trip on Saturday when it plays Babson College in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins.


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