The Colorado College Tigers brought their win streak to 10 last weekend in Los Angeles against the Whittier College Poets, ending the game 15–8. In a dominating effort, the lacrosse game was over for the Poets by halftime, with the Tigers jumping out to a 10–4 lead.
The Poets were clearly ready from the start, scoring the first three goals of the game. It wasn’t until 10 minutes in that CC struck, with a goal from senior attacker Robbie Stern. Including this goal, the Tigers went on a 13–1 run that extended into the end of the third period.
This run was supported by a myriad of Tigers, with five different members of the team scoring. The Poets managed to put together four goals in the final period, but it just wasn’t close to enough.
For the Tigers, the key to the game was playing as a team and staying strong in the face of deficit, according to sophomore attacker Ben Sudduth. “We’ve been successful all season when we stick to smart, team oriented lacrosse,” Sudduth said. “Every member of the team contributes in his own way and I think we’ve been able to feed off each other’s positivity. Last Saturday was just another example of the team’s toughness and desire to win.”
Sophomore goalie Andrew Hardwood played well in goal, recording nine saves before being pulled in favor of first-year backup goalie PJ Offner. As a team, the Tigers had 11 saves, and Whittier had 19. This was much to do with the lopsided shot count, which favored CC at 54–27.
The Tigers also did a better job of taking care of the ball, turning it over only 16 times to the Poets’ count of 21. The Tigers also held the advantage in face-offs and scores on extra-man opportunities. Besides those first few minutes, it was a pretty thorough defeat.
Sudduth spoke to the importance of a complete game, as well as fine-tuning the team’s mistakes. “We’re always looking to put together our best 60 minutes of lacrosse,” he said. “There are still some small mistakes that need to be fixed and I’m sure the team will recognize and address what needs to be fixed going forward.”
Next, Sudduth shared a little insight on the team’s tendencies heading into two of the last three games of the regular season. The team is just trying to stick with what has been working for them thus far. “We are always looking to stick to what we practice day in and day out,” Sudduth said. “The focus is always on our team and the aspects of the game that we can control. I thought we remained consistent and level headed. Whittier was a chippy team and was looking to provoke us to retaliate, however, we remained calm and were able to get a nice win.”
The discipline that the Tigers were able to practice during their matchup with the Poets will prove important in the coming week of practice, as the Tigers haven’t had this much time off in a long time. “We’re all focused on getting better in practice so we can beat our next opponent,” Sudduth said. “This is our longest stretch of time between games since the beginning of the season, so it’s important that we keep pushing each other at practice.”
Next up, the Tigers travel to the East Coast, facing off against the Blue Jays of Elizabethtown College on April 20. After that, the Tigers will compete against the Montclair State University Redhawks. Good luck to our Tigers on their road trip!