Written by Daniel Kreuger
This week was no cakewalk for the Colorado College women’s lacrosse team, fresh off of two blowout victories last weekend. This week, the Tigers faced Ursinus College and Emerson College, two schools that have very strong women’s lacrosse programs.
The beginning of the second half was a similar story with goals coming from both sides. After senior midfielder Amy Kohout scored for Ursinus at the 18:30 mark, the score was tied 10-10. But the cold weather, along with the added 6,000 feet of elevation ,proved to be too much for the Bears late in the game. The Tigers scored four of the final five goals to win the game 11-14. Senior midfielder Mary Taussig scored the final goal of the game for the Tigers on a free position shot. Throughout the game, the Tigers were ruthless on their free position shots, cashing in on six of their seven opportunities, a statistic that seemingly led the Tigers to a win.
Monday’s game was against Ursinus College, a team that finishes near the top of the Centennial Conference every year. Playing 1,700 miles from their home of Collegeville, Pa., Ursinus had traveled a long way to face the CC Tigers, one of the premier women’s lacrosse programs in the country. The game started out at a very fast pace with goals coming from both teams early and often. Senior midfielder Sadie Cole opened the scoring for the Tigers, followed by goals by junior attacker Annie Defrino and senior attacker Lily Benjamin. By halftime, the score was 6-6, after Defrino and Cole bagged one more goal each, and first-year midfielder Lauren Pejza scored her fifth goal of the season.
Cole led the way for the Tigers with three goals, while Defrino, Benjamin, Taussig and junior attacker Steph Kelly each scored two goals for the Tigers. Sophomore attacker Nikki Blair finished the game with a goal, a ground ball, and a team-high six shots.
“All in all, everything went well,” Blair said following the win. “The first day was really cold and windy so I think the conditions made it tough, but we had a lot of energy from the team both on and off the field and earned our win.”
The Tigers then faced off against Emerson College in what proved to be a hotly-contested matchup. After a goal by senior midfielder Meredith Weber with just three seconds remaining in the half, Emerson evened the score at halftime, 9-9. In what will go down in the unofficial record books as one of the greatest halftime speeches of all time, Head Coach Susan Stuart found a way to inspire her team. As a result, during the second half, the Tigers were dominant on both sides of the ball. They allowed only two goals in the second half but scored 13 on the other end of the field.
The final score was 11-22, with the Tigers earning their fourth win of the season to sit with a perfect 4-0 record. Defrino and Kelly led the way offensively for the Tigers with five and four goals respectively. Blair, Taussig and first-year attacker Eva King all finished the game with three goals. Blair said she was proud of the way her team battled in the second half.
“The second game against Emerson was much better,” Blair said. “Everyone was playing super well. We dominated on draw controls, 50/50 balls, and shots. Especially once we hit the second half, everyone hit their stride and started making really great plays on both offense and defense. You could also tell that Emerson was having a hard time keeping up with us at 6,000 feet, so we were able to run away with the game putting, us 10 goals ahead and into running time.”
The Tigers travel to Oregon this weekend to take on Linfield College, Pacific University, and George Fox University.