Colorado College women’s lacrosse (12-2) traveled to Claremont, Calif. over the weekend for a doubleheader against the Claremont Colleges. The Tigers lost to the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Saturday (11-15) and enjoyed a dominating win on Sunday against the Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (25-9).
Saturday was a matchup between two of the strongest teams in the western region. CC brought the same intensity as they did to their previous three victories, but they struggled defensively. They started the game strong with senior midfielder Mary Taussig scoring twice in the first three minutes, creating an early 2-1 lead. The early momentum, however, faltered as the Tigers failed to find their stride. Despite quality play, the Tigers never again found the lead and lost 11-15.
Junior attacker Steph Kelly was a key player in the game, scoring a team-high four times and dishing out a pair of assists. “We have to have a certain level of mental toughness going into every game,” said Kelly. “After having an early wake up the day before for a flight, we were feeling the effects of that on Saturday when we played Claremont.”
On the other side of the field, first-year goaltender Remy Wells had a season-high 15 saves. “I think that we learned a lot from our loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps,” said Wells. “They are our primary competitor in the western region, and it was definitely a tough loss; however, it served as a reminder that we have to keep working hard and improving. Adversity can only make us stronger as a team.”
On Sunday, the Tigers dismantled Pomona-Pitzer with a crushing 25-9 victory. The win was the highest offensive output for the team this season, with 10 different players scoring during the match. The Tigers secured the lead quickly, with senior midfielder Sadie Cole and Taussig scoring in the first two minutes of the match. By the half, CC held a 16-7 lead and were able to extend their lead in the second half.
The Tigers finished the match with a 24-8 advantage in ground balls and outshot the Sagehens 50-14.
Junior attacker Annie DeFrino scored a team-high five goals, bringing her season total to 55, five away from the school record of 60 set last season.
Three goals and four assists brought Kelly into third place for the program’s all-time list with 226 career points.
“One of our team’s greatest strengths is our pride and our resilience,” said sophomore midfielder Ellie Meyer. “Although we lost on Saturday, we came out fighting less than 24 hours later and will carry that fire into our last four games of the season. We have had seven challenging games the past two weeks which has not only gotten us into great shape, but has also forced us to overcome adversity in the form of exhaustion and injury. Mental toughness is what makes us one of the best in the west.”
The CC women’s lacrosse team has some of their most important games of the season coming up against the strong east coast teams, No. 19 Colby College and No. 8 Bowdoin College. In 2013, the Tigers travelled to Maine and lost to both teams. A victory this year over the ranked teams will be crucial for the program.
“As a west coast team, we always have to prove ourselves to the greater lacrosse world as one of the nation’s top competitors, so playing and beating a lot of east coast teams and other top west teams this spring break definitely prepared us well for our upcoming trip to Maine,” said Kelly. “Every team, regardless of location, is unique in their style of play, so we go into each game knowing that we have to play 60 minutes of lacrosse regardless of who we are playing.”
Following a weekend without any competition, the Tigers will travel to Waterville, Maine, on April 20 to face off against Colby. The team will butt heads with Bowdoin later in the trip, on April 22.