Over fifth Block Break, the Colorado College’s men’s lacrosse team traveled to Maryland and Virginia to compete against No. 13 Christopher Newport University and No. 14 Stevens University.
The Tigers dominated in almost every facet of the season opener at Christopher Newport University, but the CNU Captains used a 16– save performance by their goaltender to record a 16–9 victory against our Tigers on Feb. 15. After the Tigers scored four consecutive goals in a comeback to even the score to 4–4 early in the second quarter, the Captains reclaimed the lead, 19 seconds late. The Captains tacked on five more goals before halftime.
“We played a very good team,” head coach Sean Woods said about Christopher Newport University. “They played really well, especially in goal.”
Despite the devastating loss, CC’s lacrosse players battled fiercely. Midfielder Tom Haller ’19 and midfielder Max Rieser ’20 struck for two goals apiece to pace the CC attack. Midfielder Tyler Borko ’19 produced a goal and three assists for CC, while attackmen John Sutro ’21 and Boe Gold ’21 each recorded a goal and two assists. Further, midfielder Parker Woo ’19 won 16 of 21 draws, and picked up a game-high 13 ground balls. The Tigers won 22 of 28 face-offs, and finished with a 40–28 advantage in ground balls.
“We played well at times, but made a lot of errors that led to transition for CNU,” Woods said. “It definitely looked like our first game. We will learn a lot from this one.”
The Tigers traveled to Baltimore on Feb. 17 for a showdown with No. 14 Stevens Institute of Technology. The matchup between the two teams led to another loss, despite a competitive battle for the Tigers.
Even though the game ended in defeat for the Tigers, several CC players contributed to the team’s five goals and strong defense. Rieser put CC on the board in the opening minute of the battle, and Sutro trimmed the Tiger deficit to 6–2 with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers were still within striking distance after junior attackman Coby Petau ’20 and Sutro found the cage in the second quarter; however, CC did not strike again until attackman Elliot Nelson ’22 scored with one second remaining in the contest.
The Tigers finished their season opener weekend 0–2 but showed off their offensive capabilities led by Sutro and Rieser. The CC team played against two nationally ranked teams, and showed room to improve and grow as the season progresses.
Good luck, boys!