Tigers Ground Hawks in Snow-Shortened Contest

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Colorado College got the best of Rockhurst on Saturday afternoon, but Mother Nature ruled by the end of the contest.

CC closed out its six-game home stand with an 18-4 victory over the Hawks in a game that was called with 11:37 remaining in the second half due to dangerous playing conditions on a snow-covered Washburn field.

The Tigers showed no ill effects from their 20-3 victory over the University of Puget Sound earlier in the day. In fact, Colorado College picked up right it left off after scoring 12 second-half goals against the Loggers.

After the teams traded goals during the opening 1:24, Madeline Scherer struck for four consecutive tallies in a span of 4:19 to give CC a 5-1 lead just 5:55 into the contest.

Back-to-back markers by Iris Rayburn and another by Sadie Cole extended the Tigers' advantage to 8-1 before the Hawks' Andrea Heinemann snapped the seven-goal outburst with 17:16 left in the opening stanza.

Dylan Voneiff, Madeline Pitkin and Natalie Shishido each scored the first of their two goals as Colorado College closed out the first half with a 4-1 run to build a 12-3 cushion after 30 minutes.

With flurries giving way to snow at the start of the second half, CC's avalanche of goals continued.

Scherer needed just 53 seconds to notch her fifth tally of the game, marking the fifth time this season she has scored five or more goals in a game.

The senior attacker also became just the fourth Tiger to score 40 or more goals in a single season during the last 10 years, joining Cassie Abel (58 in 2004), Kate Fitzgerald (47 in 2007), Grace Maloney (47 in 2007) and Robin Harvey (41 in 2007) on the exclusive list.

Voneiff struck for the second time 1:28 later, and then Virginia Logue scored twice in less than three minutes.

By the time Pitkin and Shishido scored with less than 20 minutes remaining to give Colorado College an 18-3 lead, the field was nearly covered in a blanket of white.

Forty seconds after Rockhurst's Molly Meagher added what proved to be the game's final tally with 12:17 to play, the officials halted waved both teams off the field.

Goaltender Martha Smith made five saves for the Tigers, who enjoyed a 40-13 advantage in total shots.

CC also won 16 of 25 draw controls and enjoyed a 29-15 edge in ground balls.

Sheridan Gribbon caused a pair of turnovers and recorded a trio of draw controls and ground balls.

By winning both ends of a double header for the second time this season, the Tigers improved to 9-3.

Goaltender Natalie Washington steered away 14 shots for the Hawks, who dropped to 0-5.

Colorado College travels to Southern California next weekend for games at Chapman and Occidental on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

2014-03-22



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