Mar 18, 2014 12:15 AM by Greg Smith
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Senior midfielder Elise Burchard struck for three goals during a decisive 8-0 run as Colorado College rallied from a three-goal second-half deficit to defeat Albright College, 22-16, on Monday afternoon at Stewart Field.
It marked the fifth time this season CC has scored 20 or more goals in a game, and the Tigers needed almost all of them to cage the Lions. After building a 17-12 cushion with 10:04 remaining, they allowed Albright pulled to within 18-16 on Amanda Smith's seventh and final tally with 6:21 to play.
Colorado College sealed the victory with the final four goals, two of which came off the stick of Mary Taussig. The freshman midfielder was a force at both ends of the field, recording a season-high five goals and seven points. She also posted seven ground balls, four draw controls and caused a pair of turnovers on defense.
"This was our first test where we played as a team and battled back successfully," head coach Susan Stuart said. "Everyone stepped up after we fell behind and it was a great team victory."
The combined 36 goals were the most since a 24-16 loss at UC Davis on April 25, 2004.
Albright won 15 of 25 draw controls and made the most of those opportunities by scoring six times. After falling behind 4-0 during the opening 11:50, The Lions roared back to take their first lead four minutes into the second half on Meghan Wilson's second tally.
Markers by Erin Farrell and Lexi Garapola gave Albright a 12-9 lead with 23:25 to play, but after a timeout, the Tigers exploded for eight goals in a little more than 10 minutes.
After scoring six goals during the first half for the Lions, Smith found scoring opportunities harder to come by in the final 30 minutes.
Tiger goaltender Martha Smith made six of her seven saves during the second half, including three during a 5-0 run for Albright. She denied a pair of Smith shots from the right edge of the crease during the first three minutes, and then steered aside a free-position effort by Giuliana Rizzotti just after the Lions had taken an 11-10 lead.
"Martha was outstanding in the second half," Stuart said. "She stopped at least three shots that could have given Albright a lot of momentum."
Junior attacker Virginia Logue set a career high with five goals, while Burchard matched her career best with four.
Senior attacker Madeline Scherer recorded two tallies and a pair of assists, while junior midfielder Madeline Pitkin found the net twice.
Senior defender Sheridan Gribbon scooped up a career-high seven ground balls and had seven draw controls.
"Our senior leadership was an important factor," Stuart said. "Sheridan played great. She is a spark plug for us on most days and she was outstanding today. Her goal was a great reward for her effort."
CC finished with a 40-27 advantage in total shots and enjoyed a 32-19 margin in ground balls.
Albright's Emily Hutson stopped 11 shots for the Lions, who slipped to 3-3.
Colorado College (6-2) returns to action on Tuesday afternoon when it plays host to Morrisville State College at 4 p.m.
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