Offense Propels Tigers Into SCAC Title Game
Colorado College struck for a season-high 15 first-half goals and cruised to an 18-8 victory over Birmingham-Southern College in the first semifinal game of 2012 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers, who improved to 14-3, advance to Sunday's title game where they will square off host Sewanee.
"Everybody played very well together," head coach Susan Stuart said. "The attack moved well, saw each other and created a lot of good looks. Offensively, we're in the right place at the right time."
Junior attacker Ellie Cole scored twice and set up three more goals, while senior midfielder Grace Maloney recorded five assists for CC, which set a program record for victories in a single-season.
Maloney became the first Tiger to record 70 points in a single season since Cassie Abel recorded 78 points in 2004. Maloney currently ranks seventh with 180 career points and is tied for sixth with 55 assists.
Ten different players found the net for Colorado College, scored on 15 of their 22 shots in the first half.
Senior attacker Leslie Jacoby and sophomore attacker Madeline Scherer added three goals, while Frances Staadt finished with two goals and a pair of assists.
"We spread the scoring around again," Stuart said. "That's what we like to see in our attack. Anybody can score on any given day."
Junior midfielder Kate Krieger scored 18 seconds into the game and senior attacker Kelsey Morell added another tally 1:11 later to give the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish.
The Panthers pulled to within a goal on three occasions, the last of which occurred when sophomore midfielder Madeline Golden scored on a free-position shot with 17:59 remaining in the first half, but that was as close as they would get.
CC found the net on six of its next seven goals to open a 10-4 lead when Scherer scored for the second time with 8:09 to play.
After sophomore midfielder Logan Harris trimmed BSC's deficit to 10-5 with 6:23 on the clock, Colorado College added five more tallies during the final 5:57 to build a 10-goal lead after 30 minutes.
Freshman attacker Madeline Pitkin and Scherer scored early in the second half to extend the Tigers' advantage to 17-5, and CC was content to work the clock after freshman attacker Virginia Logue added her team's final tally with 20:57 remaining.
Junior goaltender Abby Fink made eight saves for Colorado College, which finished with a 29-20 advantage in total shots.
Junior midfielder Ginna Oates led the Tigers with five draw controls, while senior midfielder Bailey Terhune and sophomore defender Krysti Kiesel grabbed three ground balls apiece.
Senior goaltender Katie Bates stopped six shots for the Panthers, who finished the season with an 8-7 record.