Tigers Bounce Back to Corral Mustangs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Despite playing their second game in less than 24 hours, Colorado College's senior captains were determined to make sure the Tigers prevailed on Saturday.

Madeline Scherer struck for a career-high six goals, while defender Sheridan Gribbon caused four turnovers and grabbed five ground balls to lead the Tigers to a 17-7 victory over Morrisville State at Stewart Field.

After a slow start by the Tigers offensively, Scherer put them ahead 3-2 with a free-position goal midway through the first half. Fellow senior Iris Rayburn came off the bench to notch back-to-back tallies in a span of 44 seconds, and Maddie Pitkin capped a 4-0 run with the first of her two tallies with 8:56 remaining.

Shelby Wood, who became Morrisville State's career points leader with the first marker of the game, answered with two of her three goals to cut MSC's deficit to 6-4, but Leigh Nicholl and Sadie Cole found the cage during the final 3:14 to give Colorado College an 8-4 lead after 30 minutes.

Two more tallies by Scherer stretched the Tigers' advantage to 10-4, and after Paige Biviano got one back for the Mustangs, CC struck for seven consecutive goals to build a 17-5 cushion with 10:17 to play.

Rayburn tied her career high with three goals, while Pitkin and Sadie Cole each added a pair. Elise Burchard and Colleen Orr recorded two assists apiece.

Colorado College launched 35 shots, compared to only 17 for Morrisville State. The Tigers also finished with a 25-17 advantage in ground balls.

Goaltender Martha Smith steered aside five shots for CC, which improved to 7-3.

Morrisville State's Cailin Dunphy stopped eight shots before giving way to Meagan Mack with 14:33 remaining.

Colorado College wraps up its six-game home stand with a pair of contests on Saturday. The Tigers play host to the University of Puget Sound at 11:00 a.m. and Rockhurst University at 4:00 p.m.

2014-03-21



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