Colorado College vs. Birmingham Southern
April 24, 2011
The Game Story:
Colorado College didn't expect it to be easy, and it wasn't.

But the Tigers, frustrated by exceptional goaltending during the first two quarters of play at Washburn Field on Sunday, rallied in the second half for a 8-6 over Birmingham-Southern College that earned them the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference's inaugural playoff title in men's lacrosse.

Junior midfielder James Mauk fueled the triumph with three goals, including a pair just 99 seconds apart that turned a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead – CC's first of the game – midway through the third period.

When senior midfielder Buck McKenna and sophomore attackman Steve Rijo added unassisted tallies in the final minute of that third quarter and 1:36 into the fourth, producing a the final 8-6 cushion, the comeback was complete.

The Tigers, 12-0, out-shot BSC by a 54-21 margin overall. Sophomore goalie Andrew Huffman steered away 19 of the 27 that reached him.

“We ran into another hot goaltender,” said head coach Guy Van Arsdale. “We had looks we wanted and he made some big saves that kind of kept the game the way it was. But I was proud that our guys just kept battling and playing hard. That was a hard fought, physical game.”

Freshman Zach Steedman made only five saves for Colorado College, but came up with a huge one on Panthers attackman Matt Ivie late in the contest to preserve the triumph. Ivy earlier scored three times in the first half as Birmingham-Southern carried a 5-3 lead into the intermission. He added an assist on BSC's only goal of the second half that knotted the contest at 6-6.

The Tigers, who will receive the program's first-ever NCAA tournament bid on May 8, have three non-league regular-season games remaining before then.

They also got a pair of goals on Sunday from freshman midfielder Jack Kreitler, along with a solo effort by freshman midfielder Will Harris.