NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Colorado College men’s lacrosse team dominated nearly every facet of Friday’s season opener at No. 13 Christopher Newport University, but the Captains utilized a 16-save performance by goaltender Scott McAneney to record a 16-9 victory on Friday afternoon.
A six-goal outburst by the Captains during the latter stages of the second quarter proved to be the difference.
After the Tigers scored four consecutive goals to level the count at 4-4 early in the second quarter, the Captains reclaimed the lead 19 seconds later in a goal by Campbell Pozin. CNU tacked on five more goals before halftime, including one by Brady Altobello with just 25 seconds remaining before halftime.
“We played a very good team today” head coach Sean Woods said. “They played really well, especially in goal.”
Senior midfielder Tom Haller and junior midfielder Max Rieser struck for two goals apiece to pace the CC attack.
Senior midfielder Tyler Borko produced a goal and three assists for Colorado College, while sophomore attackmen John Sutro and Boe Gold each recorded a goal and two assists.
The Tigers won 22 of 28 face-offs and finished with a 40-28 advantage in ground balls.
Senior midfielder Parker Woo won 16 of 21 draws and picked up a game-high 13 ground balls.
Freshman Jacob Rogers won six of seven face-offs and scored his first collegiate goal.
Junior long-stick midfielder Cooper Lee led the CC defense with three caused turnovers.
Colorado College also finished with a 41-38 edge in total shots, which included a 25-21 advantage in shots on target.
The Tigers were 2-for-3 with the extra man, while Christopher Newport converted on just one of eight chances.
Altobello struck for four goals and set up another to lead the Captains.
Dylan Rice and Will Stockhausen finished with two goals and two assists for CNU.
In his first collegiate start, senior goaltender Brice Tucker made five saves for CC.
“We played well at times, but made a lot of errors that led to transition for CNU,” Woods said. “It definitely looked like our first game. We will learn a lot from this one.”
Colorado College travels to Baltimore on Sunday for a showdown with No. 14 Stevens Institute of Technology. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET at Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University.