February 27, 2010

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McGeary's Goals Help Colorado College Top CU

from press release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Long stick midfielder Michael McGeary scored twice during a four-goal run that gave Colorado College a little separation, and the Tigers held on for a 9-7 victory over the University of Colorado club team on Saturday afternoon at CC's Washburn Field.

McGeary triggered the outburst when he intercepted a pass by Tyler Snyder and went the length of the field to beat CU goalie Will Brown with a low shot at the top of the crease, putting CC ahead 5-4 with 5:06 remaining in the second period.

Hunter Sprole and Brendan Gangl struck for a goal apiece during a span of 40 seconds late in the half, and then McGeary scooped up a ground ball in the defensive zone and raced 70 yards to score what proved to be the game-winning goal 6:37 into the third period.

Max Leonard pulled the Buffs to within 8-5 with twisting shot near the left post with 2:37 remaining in the period, but Carson Christman added his second goal 1:42 into the fourth period to return CC's lead to four at 9-5.

The Tigers were called for a pair of penalties with 5:16 remaining in the game and Stephen Keyes scored 12 seconds into the two-man advantage. Snyder cut CC's lead to 9-7 with 3:25, but that was as close as the Buffs would get.

Nick Kupewicz and James Blackburn gave Colorado a pair of one-goal leads early in the first half, but Christman and Toby Cohen answered to give the Tigers a 3-2 lead 1:28 into the second period. 

Brendan Haas stopped a career-high 11 shots while going the distance in goal for CC. Cody Novack and Bradley Macnee combined for nine saves on 11 shots during the second half to keep CU in the game. Will Brown stopped six of 13 shots during the opening 30 minutes for Colorado.

Christman finished with two goals and assist, while James Mauk and Moses Taylor each posted a goal and two assists.

Blackburn paced the Buffs with a pair of goals, while Alex Puldy recorded two assists.

McGeary caused four of CU's 31 turnovers and added three ground balls.

Aaron Gray won nine of 15 faceoffs and grabbed a game-high 13 ground balls for Colorado.

Colorado College had a 46-29 advantage in total shots, including a 24-18 edge in shots on goal. CC converted on three of 11 man-up opportunities, while the Buffs were 1-for-9.

The Tigers are idle until March 16 when they begin the Division III portion of their schedule by playing host to McDaniel College.


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