The East Coast yet again proved an inhospitable locale for Coach Sean Woods and the CC men’s lacrosse team as they fell 12-6 to Endicott College on Wednesday, May 6. Junior goaltender and season-long standout Chase Murphy recorded 18 saves for the Tigers but couldn’t stop a second-half onslaught from the Gulls. The loss marked the Tiger’s third consecutive loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers end their 2015 campaign with a 12-4 record.
The Tigers played a strong first half and headed into the locker room at halftime nursing a 4-3 lead over a nationally-ranked Endicott squad. Senior Henri Halle scored two first half goals in what proved to be his final college game. Other first-half highlights included goals from freshman defender Sam Dardani and senior midfielder Dylan Davie.
Endicott senior Nick Pinciaro scored with 1:56 left in the first half to spark a 6-0 Endicott flurry. The third quarter proved crucial as Endicott came out of the period up 10-6. The Gulls never relinquished this lead and added two more goals in the fourth quarter. The Gulls finished well below their season average of 16.39 goals per game due to Murphy’s stout performance in goal.
The Tigers took two East Coast road trips this season, but once again couldn’t get over the first-round hump. In 2012, the Tigers lost a close game to Maryland’s Washington College and the year after fell to Amherst College 13-10. While a majority of DIII powerhouses call the East Coast home, Colorado College is becoming a part of the national conversation. The Tigers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament in four of the past five years and will continue to make national noise as a Western powerhouse. The Tigers will graduate seven seniors from this year’s squad.