CONWAY, Ark. – Senior long-stick midfielder Zach Pierce caused four turnovers and grabbed five ground balls as Colorado College turned in another impressive defensive performance during Saturday's 17-2 victory at Hendrix College.
The Tigers have allowed only two goals in three consecutive contests and have lowered their goals-against average to 6.0. CC has held eight of 10 opponents to fewer than 10 goals and five of seven Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference foes to five or fewer.
While the Colorado defense tied its season high with 14 caused turnovers and held an opponent to only six shots on net for the second time this season, the offense was firing on all cylinders from the first whistle.
It took only 2:04 for the Tigers to accumulate all the scoring they would need. Junior midfielder Steve Rijo struck for the first of his career-high five goals just 57 seconds into the game and freshman midfielder Kevin Wylie made it 2-0 just over a minute later.
Freshman midfielder Nick Ahrens scored what proved to be the first game-winning of his career with 12:56 still to play in the first quarter.
CC led 6-0 after senior attackman Moses Taylor recorded his second marker 6:10 into the contest and the Tigers extended their lead to 9-0 when Rijo converted off a Taylor pass with 13 seconds remaining in the first frame.
Senior attacker Zach Doelger and sophomore midfielder Cameron Millstone scored back-to-back goals for the Warriors early in the second quarter, but those proved to be the only shots that would elude sophomore goaltender Zach Steedman, who finished with four saves.
Rijo got one of those tallies back to give Colorado College a 10-2 lead after 30 minutes, and the Tigers put the game away by outscoring Hendrix 7-0 during the second half.
Taylor finished with three goals and a pair of assists, while sophomore attackman Jake Smith tied his season high of three goals and four points.
The Warriors' deficit would have been much worse had it not been for the efforts of senior goalie Keith Clemens, who finished with 20 saves.
CC improved to 8-2 overall and 7-0 in the SCAC. Hendrix dropped to 3-10 overall and 2-5 in league play.
Colorado College plays its final two road games of the regular season next weekend when the Tigers visit Rhodes College and Millsaps College on Friday and Sunday, respectively.