|Birmingham-Southern should give its Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference championship trophy to Andrew Huffman and the junior goaltender should get to keep it for as long as he wants.|
Huffman stopped 15 shots as the second-seeded Panthers upset Colorado College, 8-5, on Sunday afternoon. The victory was BSC's first in six tries against the Tigers and secured the program's first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament.
CC dominated nearly every facet of the game. The Tigers led in 37-18 in total shots and 20-9 in shots on goal. Colorado College won 13 of 17 faceoffs and had a 40-29 edge in ground balls. But in the end, a red-hot goalie proved to be the difference.
After junior attackman Charles Curtis beat Huffman on the first shot of the game, the Tigers went a little more than 18 minutes without a goal before sophomore attackman Jake Smith scored to pull CC to within 4-2 with 10:56 remaining in the second quarter.
Colorado College closed to within 7-5 on tallies by freshman midfielder Henri Halle and Curtis late in the fourth quarter, but Huffman made answered with two big saves and freshman midfielder Conor Breslin put an end to the Tigers' comeback when he found the net with 2:15 to play.