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CMS Women's Lacrosse Falls to Colorado College in NCAA Championship Play

CMS Women's Lacrosse Falls to Colorado College in NCAA Championship Play

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) women's lacrosse team fell to Colorado College, 17-13 in NCAA Division III Championship Second Round action Sunday afternoon.

With the loss, CMS concludes its season, 18-2 overall, while Colorado College improves to 15-4 on the season and advances to NCAA Third Round. 

In the opening period, Colorado College built an early, 3-0 lead as Robin Hilderman capitalized on a free position attempt to make it 1-0 at the 21:31 mark. Annie DeFrino doubled the Tigers' lead 1:29 later with another free position shot, and a score by Eva King at 19:37 made it 3-0 to the hosts. 

CMS collected its first goal of the game just 32 ticks later as Corie Hack scored her 57th marker of the 2018 campaign to make it 3-1 with Allie Hill providing the assist on the play. Evan Murphy then found Hack for her second goal of the game to pull the Athenas to within one at 3-2 with 18:00 to play in the first half. 

Ellie Meyer put Colorado College back up by two, but CMS was quick to respond as Lauren Clubb made it 4-3 at the 13:38 mark with an assist from Allie Hill. 

Free position goals from Nikki Blair and Steph Kelly made it 6-3 in favor of the Tigers, before King struck for her second of the game with 5:51 on the clock to make it 7-3. 

Hack registered her third goal of the contest shortly thereafter to set the deficit back to three at 7-4 after Hannah Graves provided the helper. Graves then found the back of the cage on a free position shot to make it 7-5 with just under five minutes to play in the first frame. 

With 2:19 to play in the first half, Clubb potted her second goal of the game - this one on a free position attempt - to pull the Athenas to within one at 7-6. Less than a minute later Murphy tied the game at 7-7 with her 41st score of the season. 

With just six seconds remaining in a back-and-forth first half, Kelly gave the Tigers a slim, 8-7 lead headed into intermission as she scored with an assist from DeFrino. 

In the early stages of the second half, Colorado College regained its cushion as DeFrino scored just 37 seconds into the half on a free position shot, and then scored again with help from Nikki Blair to make it 10-7 at the 25:45 mark. A goal by Allie Thuet less than a minute later pushed the Tigers' advantage to 11-7. 

At the 21:43 and 12:53 marks, Hack scored her 60th and 61st goals of the season, but back-to-back goals by DeFrino and Meyer separated by just 34 seconds in between Hack's goals, gave the Tigers a 13-9 lead with under 15 minutes to play. 

CMS then narrowed its deficit to 13-10 when Clubb found the back of the cage to pull the Athenas to within three of Colorado College. 

After Thuet and Kelly added two more goals for the Tigers, Julia Mueller made it 15-11 with 8:15 to play in regulation. Another goal by Kelly gave the hosts a 16-11 lead, before another Hack marker pulled CMS to within four at 16-12. With 5:15 on the clock, Colorado College extended its cushion back to five (17-12) when DeFrino struck nylon once more. 

Mueller fired in a goal with 3:09 to play in the contest to close the gap for the Athenas to four at 17-13 but that's as close as CMS could get as Colorado College held on for the four-goal win.