Colorado College Drops Heartbreaker to Denison

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Senior attacker Maddie Scherer tied her career high with five goals, but Colorado College came out on the wrong side of a 13-12 decision against Denison on Wednesday afternoon in a game that featured six ties and four lead changes.

Scherer gave the Tigers a 12-11 lead with 11:19 to play after she struck for back-to-back goals in a span of 32 seconds, but those were the last two shots CC would get past Big Red goaltender Laura Van Horn.

Sixty-two seconds after Molly Chapman tied the score on a free-position goal, Van Horn steered aside a shot by Scherer. Then, after Chapman struck for the go-ahead tally with 9:24 to play, Van Horn denied a pair of Mary Taussig shots six seconds apart.

After combining for 25 goals during the first 51 minutes, neither team could find the net during the final nine. After forcing a turnover with 24 seconds to play, the Tigers were unable to get a shot off against an aggressive Denison defense.

After Kelsey Wright gave the Big Red a 10-8 lead with 21:51 to play, freshmen Sadie Cole and Molly Lyons scored to knot the score at 10-10. Erin Keller's free-position marker put Denison ahead by one, only to see Scherer strike twice and give the Tigers their final lead.

Molly Lyons scored a season-high four goals for CC, while Dylan Voneiff and Sadie Cole added a goal and an assist apiece.

Taussig paced the defense with five ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers. Kirby Leyshon forced three turnovers and grabbed three ground balls.

Sophomore goaltender Martha Smith tied her season high with seven saves.

Colorado College finished with a 34-23 advantage in total shots and a 25-18 edge in ground balls. The Big Red prevailed on 19 of 29 draw controls, six of which were won by Chapman.

Erin Keller, Clair Ludlow and Chapman had three goals apiece for Denison, which improved to 3-1.

The Tigers, who slipped to 6-3, play host to Morrisville State College on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.

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Junior Molly Chapman's goal with 9:24 left in regulation sent Denison to a 13-12 victory over Colorado College on Thursday afternoon in Colorado Springs, Colo. With the win, the Big Red returns home with a 3-1 record, while the Tigers fall to 6-3.

The two squads traded off the first six goals of the opening half. In the first 10 minutes of the period, Claire Ludlow, Erin Keller and Kelsey Wright scored the Big Red's first three goals of the game. Keller picked up her second tally of the game to give DU its first lead of the afternoon.

Denison extended its lead to three with two tallies less than a minute apart. Whitney Powel found senior Lauren Adams with 17:52 to play. Fifty-five seconds later, Adams picked up an assist on an Elsie Humes goal.

Back-to-back goals from the Tigers' Madeline Scherer and Dylan Voneiff shrunk the deficit to one at the midway point of the first half. However, an unassisted goal by Ludlow rebuilt the Big Red's two-goal lead. Colorado College quickly answered the Ludlow score with a Molly Lyons goal off an assist from Scherer.

After combining for 13 goals in the first 17 minutes of the contest, Denison and Colorado College went into an almost 13-minute scoring lull. The Big Red ended the drought when Katie Wagner helped Ludlow complete the first-half hat-trick with 13 seconds on the clock. With that late score, Denison took an 8-6 lead into the intermission.

In similar fashion as the first half, the two teams exchanged the first four tallies of the period which resulted in Denison maintaining a 10-8 advantage. Roughly 10 minutes into the half, Sadie Cole converted a free position attempt to shrink the margin to one. At the 17:12 mark, Lyons scored a man-up goal, her fourth of the game, off an assist from Mary Taussig to tie that match at 10-10.

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2014-03-19



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