Tigers Run Out of Time Against Goucher

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Colorado College nearly wiped out a seven-goal second-half deficit, but the clock ran out before the Tigers could complete their comeback, and they dropped a 14-12 decision to Goucher College on Thursday night at Washburn Field.

The Gophers took a 13-6 lead when senior midfielder Hannah Khin scored the eighth of her career-high nine goals with 18:01 remaining in the game, but freshman attacker Becca Gasperoni found the net 1:16 later after taking a feed from sophomore midfielder Madeline Pitkin to give CC a much-needed boost.

Tallies by senior midfielder Ginna Oates and junior midfielder Elise Burchard cut the Tigers' deficit to 13-9 with 12:18 to play and suddenly the home team had an infusion of energy despite playing for the second day in a row.

Khin's final marker gave Goucher a 14-9 lead with a little less than eight minutes to go, but seniors Ellie Cole and Anna Crosby each had a goal and an assist as Colorado College countered with three consecutive markers to pull to within two goals with 1:20 remaining.

That, however, was as the Tigers would get because the Gophers won the draw and were able to run off the rest of the time.

Getting to within a pair of goals was quite an accomplishment considering Goucher jumped out to a 7-0 lead just 12:42 into the contest. Khin struck for four goals in the opening 6:19, and junior midfielder Hannah Brown and sophomore midfielder Anneke Ossorio scored 15 seconds apart to finish the run.

Crosby put the Tigers on the board midway through the first half to ignite a 5-2 run, but Khin slowed the momentum when she scored an unassisted goal with 16 seconds remaining in the period to give her team a 10-5 lead at the break.

Another reason the Gophers owned a five-goal lead after 30 minutes was the play of senior goaltender Ashley Shaner, who made nine of her 15 saves in the first period.

At the other end, senior Abby Fink stopped eight shots.

Goucher finished with a 31-30 edge in total shots and won 15 of 28 draw controls. CC enjoyed an 18-14 margin in ground balls and committed two fewer turnovers.

Crosby led the Tigers' attack with three goals and a pair of assists, while senior defender Nancy Makuch caused a pair of turnovers and grabbed two ground balls to pace the defense.

Colorado College (0-6) plays host to Pacific University on Monday at 4:00 p.m.

2013-03-22



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