Colorado College men’s lacrosse hosted their first two home games of the season on Washburn field last week. The Tigers enjoyed a dominating win last Thursday against Augustana College by a score of 4-25 and lost to Berry College on Saturday 9-5, leaving them with a 3-1 record.
CC men’s lacrosse has won every home opener since 2010, and this year was no exception. The Tigers maintained full control of every aspect of the game and showcased an unrelenting offense. The Tiger offense outshot the Vikings 49-12, won 25 of 32 face-offs, and the defense picked up 48 ground balls compared to Augustana’s 23. Junior attacker Robbie Stern set a career high with eight goals and nine points in the match.
“The Augustana game was a great first home game for us,” said Stern. “Our offense and defense got going early, and we did a really good job of executing our game plan which allowed us to capitalize on some mistakes from Augustana to get out to an early lead.”
In the first quarter, the Tigers struck quick. Senior attackman Austin Davie and Stern scored one and two goals each in the first five minutes.
After the start of the second quarter, the floodgates opened. The Tigers scored nine unanswered goals, ending the half with a score of 1-12.
A large lead in the second half allowed the Tigers to substitute freely. “Getting all of the guys minutes in a game is huge because it rewards all of the hard work that is done by all 48 of us during the course of the week to prepare for a game,” said Stern. First-year Andrew Krantz and Jack O’Donnell, and sophomore Ben Sommers all scored their first career goals as Tigers.
Colorado Colleges’ 25 goals mark the most goals the team has scored in one game since a 26-0 victory over Centenary College on April 12, 2014.
After an exciting start to the season, the Tigers’ 9-5 loss to Berry College on Saturday was tough to swallow. The Tigers jumped to an early 0-2 lead after first-year midfielder Coby Petau and sophomore midfielder Aaron Maslow scored during the opening 5:15. However, four unforced turnovers led to missed opportunities for CC and foreshadowed problems that would plague the team throughout the match.
After the Tigers’ early lead, Berry College outmuscled the CC defense and scored five goals in a row. Sophomore midfielder Tom Haller ended Berry’s momentum with a goal with 38 seconds left in the half, making the score 5-3. Despite an unassisted goal from sophomore Parker Woo 14 seconds into the second half, the Tigers made too many mistakes to stay in the game. Seven turnovers in the third quarter, and nine in the fourth were far too many missed opportunities for CC. Berry shut down the CC offense in the fourth quarter and ended the game 9-5.
“Losing to Berry last weekend was a terrible experience, but it exposed a lot of areas that we can improve on as a team and can serve as a turning point for our season,” said Stern.
The season has only just begun and Colorado College men’s lacrosse has big goals for the NCAA tournament.
“The biggest thing our team has going for us is the experience we gained making it to the Sweet 16 last year,” said Stern. “We bring back a lot of players from last year and we know what it takes to play at this level.”
The Tigers return to action tonight against Eastern University at home on Washburn field.