Red-Hot Tigers Roll Over Wooster

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Colorado College men’s lacrosse team continued to score goals at a blistering pace on Monday, setting a season high for the second game in a row during a 24-7 torching of The College of Wooster at Washburn Field.

Coby Petau led the onslaught with a career-high seven goals and a pair of assists during three quarters of action. The sophomore attackman struck for the first time with 29 seconds remaining in the first quarter, and then scored the first two goals of the second frame to complete the natural hat trick.

Senior attacker Robbie Stern scored four times and dished out a game-high four assists, while sophomore midfielder Tyler Borko recorded three goals and two assists.

Eleven players scored at least one goal for the Tigers, who eclipsed the 20-goal mark in back-to-back games for the first time since CC defeated Centenary College (31-2) and Southwestern University (24-2) near the end of the 2013 season.

“Our offense is really clicking, scoring 20 or more goals in back-to-back games against very solid opponents,” head coach Sean Woods said. “We had assists on 18 of 24 goals, which is remarkable. With our unselfish play, we are getting high-percentage shots and finishing most of them.”

Fresh off of a 21-8 dismantling of Otterbein University, Colorado College needed just 24 seconds to get on the board thanks to junior midfielder Parker Woo’s laser from the top of the crease. Thirteen seconds later, Stern put a bouncer from the right wing past sophomore goaltender Wesley Wagner.

After the Tigers added a marker from Borko to make it 3-0, senior attackman Sam Kuhn scored the first of his two goals to put the Fighting Scots on the board.

Sophomore midfielder Aaron Maslow extended CC’s lead to three when he scored off a dodge on the right side, and then the Tigers blew the game open when they scored three times in the final 1:18 of the first period, two of which came from Stern just seven seconds apart.

Cullen Kuhn, a sophomore midfielder, notched his 10th goal of the season to trim the Wooster deficit to 9-2, but goals by freshman long-stick middie Billy Hutchinson and Petau gave Colorado College a commanding 11-2 halftime lead.

CC added four more markers early in the third quarter before the Fighting Scots countered with a 5-2 surge, which included a pair of scores from senior attackman Desmond Hughes.

Despite going deep into their bench, the Tigers struck for seven goals during the final 12:11, with freshman attacker Boe Gold leading the charge with two tallies and a pair of assists.

While the offense was grabbing the headlines, CC also received a stellar performance from its defense and goaltenders.

Sophomore goaltender Andrew Harwood made 16 saves, while freshman PJ Offner stopped two shots during the final nine minutes. Senior defender Riley Hoffman caused a pair of turnovers as the Tigers held Wooster to a season-low seven goals.

In addition to his two scores, Woo won 11 of 16 faceoffs and grabbed a game-high eight ground balls.

As a team, Colorado College outshot the Fighting Scots, 56-37, and had a 35-33 edge in ground balls.

“Our defense and goalie play were very strong,” Woods said. “This was a great team win. Everyone on the roster contributed.”

Wagner finished with six saves for Wooster, while freshman Jackson Parker made one stop in relief.

CC, which improved to 5-1, wraps up its five-game home stand on Friday against Kean University at 3 p.m.