The Colorado College men’s lacrosse team brought their overall win streak to nine against Williams College last Friday, beating the Ephs by a count of 18–14. The Tigers did so with a thorough scoring attack led by junior midfielder Tyler Borko, who struck seven times in the victory, bringing his season total to 22 goals.
Junior midfielder Tom Haller broke the 0–0 tie, starting the scoring less than a minute into the game for his 10th strike of the season. He scored again later in the matchup.
The game was back and forth until the last few minutes, as the game went into halftime tied up. The Ephs were ahead before the end of the first half, with a score of 8–7, but junior Aaron Maslow scored with 36 seconds left, sending the game into half all tied up.
The goal ended up being exactly what the team needed, as the Tigers outscored their opponents 10–6 in the second half, driven by four goals from Borko.
Junior defender Carter Richardson spoke to how the Tigers were able to stay in the game despite a tough opponent. “I thought our team showed tremendous poise and strength in the face of adversity,” Richardson said. “We gave up a five-goal lead in the second quarter and were able to keep our poise and finish the game.”
He continued, stating that they haven’t yet played a completely strong game. “If we had to improve one thing coming out of the game, it would be to play a full 60 minutes,” Richardson said. “We have yet to play a full game this year however, we have the perfect opportunity to play four great quarters this Saturday against our rival Whittier.”
Borko was especially important in the end of the game, scoring the final two goals. He added three assists, totalling 10 for the season. Sophomore goaltender Andrew Harwood also played an important role with 11 saves.
Leading the Ephs were Cory Lund and James McFarland, scoring four and three goals, respectively.
Goal scorers were abound for the Tigers, with nine members placing themselves on the score sheet. Amongst the leaders were Borko and senior attacker Robbie Stern, who each put up 14 shots. Overall, the Tigers led in that category, putting up 53 shots to the Ephs’ 46.
The Tigers also led in saves, 11–9, and held the advantage in turnovers, only committing 13, while the Ephs turned over 23 times. Despite the impressive stats, the game wasn’t all positive for CC, as the Ephs were very successful in the faceoff circle, going 22 for 35 in the game. They also led in extra man opportunities, with 4 to the Tigers’ 3.
The Tigers only have four games left in their regular season, so Richardson spoke to how the team will continue to best approach these matchups. “A key factor going into our next stretch of games is continuing to push ourselves in practice,” he said. “We are our best opponents, and keeping our practices competitive will put us in the best position to win.”
Richardson went on to explain the team’s preparation for their next game on the road against the Whittier College Poets this Saturday. “We’re not doing anything different in practice besides getting ready for our next game,” Richardson said. “We’re just trying to figure out why a school would use a poet as a mascot …”