April 26, 2014

Colorado College Grabs Back-to-Back SCAC Titles

from press release

GEORGETOWN, Texas – Senior Jack Kreitler and freshman Austin Davie struck for three goals apiece to lead Colorado College to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason championship with a 13-7 victory at Southwestern University on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Tyler Allen and freshman Stephen Petersilge added two goals as the Tigers improved to 9-5 with their 10th consecutive victory over the Pirates.

Kreitler struck three times during the opening 15 minutes to help CC build a 7-2 cushion after 15 minutes.

Colorado College led by six goals after Davie scored for the second time midway through the second quarter, but the hosts used markers by Alex Michaels and Jeremy Tufnell during the final 51 seconds of the half to trim the deficit to 8-4 after 30 minutes.

Still riding the surge in momentum, Southwestern pulled to within three when Michael Ville scored a man-up goal 5:31 into the second half.

The Tigers answered nearly three minutes later when freshman attackman Jack McCormick added a goal to go along with three earlier assists, but the first of two tallies from Austin Fox kept the Pirates within striking distance down three with 4:51 remaining in the third quarter.

Allen extended Colorado College's lead to 10-6 with 1:54 left in the quarter, then Davie gave the visitors a five-goal cushion 20 seconds into the final frame.

Fox, who led the Southwestern attack with two goals and an assist, kept the home crowd energized when he scored a man-up goal with 11:55 to play, but Petersilge struck for the final two goals as CC improved to 10-0 all-time against the Pirates.

Allen scored twice for the Tigers, while junior attackman Dylan Davie set up three of Colorado College's markers.

CC outshot the Pirates, 60-24, and enjoyed a 44-31 margin in ground balls.

Sophomore goaltender Chase Murphy finished with nine saves for Colorado College, which improved to 9-5.

P.J. Higgins led the Tigers with six ground balls and a caused turnover. Senior midfielder Will Harris recorded five ground balls and forced a turnover, while junior midfielder Sayre Thomas won 17 of 14 faceoffs and scooped up five ground balls.

Southwestern's Charlie Fisher made 15 saves before giving way to A.J. Cole 3:27 remaining in the contest.

It marked the third time the teams have met in the postseason. The Tigers posted a 10-6 victory in the 2011 semifinals and a 24-2 triumph in last year's championship game.

The Pirates finished the season with a 10-5 record, with three of the losses coming against CC.

Colorado College plays its regular-season finale next Friday when Whittier College visits Washburn Field for the annual battle for the Locker-Stabler Cup.

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