Colorado College earns spot in NCAA Women’s Lacrosse “Sweet 16”

Women’s lacrosse

CHICAGO–Colorado College secured a spot in the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship with a 20-14 second-round victory over the University of Chicago (Ill.) at Stagg Field on May 12.

Colorado College (16-5) will play May 19 in Middlebury, Vt. playing the No. 1-ranked team and defending back-to-back national champion Middlebury College (Vt.) (19-0).

Against the University of Chicago (13-5), the Tigers trailed by just one despite scoring back and forth until the final horn. Similar to the first game of the season against UChicago, Colorado College relied on the various aspects of the offense to pull away. A strong third quarter built the lead to seven, and the Tigers were able to hold on despite a fourth-quarter comeback from UChicago.

Seven Tigers found the back of the net, with Kendall Havill leading the way with eight goals from just ten shots. She also forced two turnovers and picked up a ground ball.

Charolette Iler and Sofia Mancino combined for ten points, seven goals and three assists. Grace Bean was the last player with multiple goals, scoring two and three ground balls.

The Maroons took an early 2-0 out of the gate as the Tigers were held scoreless for the first six minutes of the game. Havil finally broke through with her first goal with 9:03 remaining in the quarter. UChicago countered with a score of its own just nine seconds later, but the Tigers held on and scored three straight points to take the lead.

Mancino scored from a free position to cut the lead to one. A few plays later, Havill tied the knot with an assist from Tobin Lonergan, then Iler took the lead with another goal in a free position with 4:55 to go.

The Maroons tied the game at 4-4 just 40 seconds later, but Havill scored her third of the quarter with 26 seconds left, and Colorado College had a 5-4 lead entering the second. Oliv Janerico scored her second goal in as many games to kick off the quarter. UChicago’s Peyton McGuire, who scored the first two goals of the game, cut the lead to one with her third goal of the day. Nevertheless, Colorado College regained momentum with back-to-back attacks from Iler and Healy Bledsoe.

The two teams traded goals to end the first half. Chicago took advantage of two penalties from Colorado College, but the Tigers went into the locker room and scored the final two goals, including a queen-down goal from Grace Bean, and Colorado College led 10-7 at the break.

In addition to the two goals at the end of the second, Colorado College made their most impactful run of the tournament to date, scoring four goals to start the third quarter and taking a 14-7 lead with 3:20 remaining to go. Havill added two more and Iler and Bean also scored two points.

The Maroons eventually ended the streak and attempted a comeback, scoring five of the next six goals to pull within three with 8:23 left in the game. Havill slammed the door shut with three straight goals in free position to create a six-goal lead with less than four minutes to play.

Mancino tapped in two more goals to cancel out UChicago’s last two goals and Colorado College emerged with a 20-14 victory.

It is the Tigers’ 11th 20-goal performance this season and the second against the Maroons, capitalizing on their 26-goal performance in March, which was the new program record for most in a game.

Havill recorded her third eighth goal game of the season and fifth of her career. Defensively, goalkeeper Cassidy Schnauffer saved 12 balls, while Bledsoe led the team with six ground balls and two caused turnovers. Mancino led Colorado College with three tie checks.

The Tigers recorded an 18-2 victory over Aurora University (Ill.) in the first round.

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