With only a few games left before the start of the SCAC championships, the men’s lacrosse team went up against Adams State University on Wednesday.
“These games against Adams State and Colorado Mesa will be great games against solid DII competition. They will help us stay sharp and be at our best for the SCAC Championship, our game against Whittier, and if we continue to play better each game, the NCAAs,” said head coach Sean Woods.
And the team definitely stayed sharp, defeating Adams State 10-6. Colorado College was behind with a 3-0 deficit in the beginning of the first half. But, the team rallied in the second quarter, with a goal each from freshman attacker Jack McCormick and senior midfielder Jack Kreitler. Then, senior attackman Tyler Allen and Kreitler each scored within 12 seconds of each other only 36 seconds into the third quarter, giving CC their first lead.
While Adams State failed to score in the third quarter, CC scored a total of six times. Allen added another goal later in the quarter. Junior midfielder Dylan Davie and freshman Jack McCormick each scored as well. Kreitler, who recently received his first ever SCAC weekly award, Offensive Player of the Week, scored twice more, raising CC’s lead to 8-3 by the end of the third quarter.
Kreitler said of the team, “I believe we have an incredible ability to stay strong through thick and thin. This resiliency has propelled us through games where we’ve been behind quite a bit early and taught us to have faith.”
Adams State fought to even the score in the fourth quarter, scoring three times. But, CC maintained its lead and senior midfielder Will Harris and Kreitler each scored. Kreitler scored a career-high five goals against Adams State.
Sophomore goaltender Chase Murphy, who also recently received a SCAC weekly award for defense, his second of the season, made 11 saves.
When asked about the team’s dynamic, Murphy said, “We pride ourselves on being a very tight-knit group that looks out for each other on and off the field. We strive to have a family-like atmosphere where we hold ourselves – and our teammates – accountable for every little detail, especially on the practice field. This allows us to learn and grow from our mistakes as a whole team, as we know that the first player on the field is just as important as the last player on the bench.”
With this win against Adams State, the team continues their spring break winning streak with a fourth consecutive victory. The team also maintains a perfect 5-0 record at home.
“It took longer than anticipated for our team to settle into roles and in turn to develop a real team identity due to many factors: young team, injuries, etc. However, I feel it really came together over spring break, and we as a team came together as well. I am pleased that we are getting better each game,” said Woods.
The team has over twice the amount of lowerclassmen as upperclassmen. This has led to a season of adjustment, improvement, and growth.
“Overall, our young guys have grown tremendously, and our older guys have remained anchors throughout the season,” said Kreitler. “Regarding a bid to the NCAA tournament, we’re in a very good position with control over our own destiny.”
The team is eager to prove themselves in the NCAA. “Our goal is no longer just making the tournament. We want to win playoff games, with the end result being a national championship,” said Murphy.
The men’s lacrosse team’s current record is 7-4. Their next regular season game is a home game on April 12 against Centenary College. A victory over Centenary would give the team their fifth consecutive victory and would maintain their perfect home record.