Colorado College Holds Off Southwestern to Claim Fourth SCAC Title in Five Years
(Portions of this story are courtesy of Colorado College and Southwestern University)
GEORGETOWN, Texas - Senior Jack
Kreitler and freshman Austin Davie struck for three goals
apiece to lead Colorado College to its fourth Southern Collegiate
Athletic Conference championship in five years with a 13-7 victory
at Southwestern University on Saturday afternoon. Box Score | Official
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Senior Tyler Allen and freshman Stephen Petersilge added two goals as the Tigers improved to 9-5 with their 10th consecutive victory over the Pirates.
Kreitler, who was named SCAC Championship Offensive MVP, struck three times during the opening 15 minutes to help the Tigers build a 7-2 cushion after 15 minutes.
Colorado College led by six goals after Davie scored for the second time midway through the second quarter, but the hosts used markers by seniors Alex Michaels and Jeremy Tufnell during the final 51 seconds of the half to trim the deficit to 8-4 after 30 minutes.
Still riding the surge in momentum, Southwestern pulled to within three when freshman Michael Ville scored a man-up goal 5:31 into the second half.
The Tigers answered nearly three minutes later when freshman attackman Jack McCormick added a goal to go along with three earlier assists, but the first of two tallies from junior Austin Fox kept the Pirates within striking distance down three with 4:51 remaining in the third quarter.
Allen extended Colorado College's lead to 10-6 with 1:54 left in the quarter, then Davie gave the visitors a five-goal cushion 20 seconds into the final frame.
Fox, who led the Southwestern attack with two goals and an assist, kept the home crowd energized when he scored a man-up goal with 11:55 to play, but Petersilge struck for the final two goals as the Tigers took home the SCAC crown.
Allen scored twice for the Tigers, while junior attackman Dylan Davie set up three of Colorado College's markers.
Colorado College outshot Southwestern, 60-24, and enjoyed a 44-31 margin in ground balls.
Sophomore goaltender Chase Murphy finished with nine saves for Colorado College, which improved to 9-5.
Senior P.J. Higgins led the Tigers with six ground balls and a caused turnover. Senior midfielder Will Harris recorded five ground balls and forced a turnover, while junior midfielder Sayre Thomas won 17 faceoffs and scooped up five ground balls to earn SCAC Championship Defensive MVP.
Sophomore Charlie Fisher garnered the loss but was strong in goal, facing 28 shots on goal and recording 15 saves. CC's Chase Murphy earned the win with seven saves on 14 shots.
The Pirates were led offensively by Fox who had two goals
and one assist. Freshman Kyle Anderson led Southwestern with five
ground balls while sophomore Dakota
Skinner caused three turnovers.
The Pirates finished the season with a 10-5 record, a new school record in wins, with three of the losses coming against the Tigers.
Colorado College plays its regular-season finale next Friday when Whittier College visits Washburn Field for the annual battle for the Locker-Stabler Cup.