Goalie pulls out all the stops

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Jessica Adams of FLC tallied three times against Abby Fink and Colorado College, but the junior goalie stopped 16 shots to help the Tigers edge FLC 14-12 on Sunday.

By Ryan Owens Herald staff writer

After three years of lopsided defeats, the Fort Lewis College women’s lacrosse team finally had Colorado College on the ropes.

Abby Fink, however, simply refused to let the Tigers lose.

Fink, the Tigers’ goalie, stopped a whopping 16 shots, including several stellar saves in the final 10 minutes to push Colorado College past the Skyhawks 14-12 on Sunday at Ray Dennison Memorial Field.

Fink came up biggest when Fort Lewis (6-6) had free position chances. She allowed the Skyhawks to hit only seven of 19 attempts with the clear path at goal, including allowing just five on 13 shots in the first half to keep Colorado College and Fort Lewis tied at 6 at halftime.

“Their goalie did extremely well,” FLC head coach Kelsey MacDonald said. “We had trouble moving her and finding the space behind her.”

Fink’s heroics overshadowed a quality defensive performance from Fort Lewis. The Skyhawks outshot the Tigers 36-25, and aside from a couple miscues, used an active, trapping defense to push Colorado College shooters out of range and force 29 turnovers.

“It’s the best feeling in the world to pressure them in the beginning and make them drop it or make a bad pass, but it’s also a lot of extra work, so you definitely have to put some extra effort in,” FLC’s Brook Wineland said.

Grace Maloney scored four times for the Tigers (11-2), who got single goals from Leslie Jacoby, Anna Crosby, Madeline Scherer, Ellie Cole, Kelsey Morell, Kate Krieger, Madeline Pitkin, Ginna Oates, Dylan Voneiff and Kirby Leyshon. Cole, Crosby, Jacoby, Scherer and Virginia Logue had assists.

Abby Kvidera, Ally Kvidera and Jessica Adams each had hat tricks for Fort Lewis.

Wineland added a pair of goals, and Jessica Norby tallied once for the Skyhawks, who held the lead four times but never had more than a two-goal edge.

“When we dropped our stick low and shot high or faked her or passed really quick ... I think that seemed to work pretty well,” Wineland said of beating Fink.

Both teams traded the lead early in the second half until Maloney’s goal with a man-advantage and a Maloney free-position tally gave Colorado College a two-goal edge.

Ally Kvidera’s free-position goal cut the lead to 11-10 with 8:06 to go, but Norby’s attempt to equalize moments later rang off the post.

Maloney scored her final two goals after Norby’s near-miss to push the lead to 13-10 with 5:31 left to play. Abby Kvidera, Cole and Adams would trade goals to provide the final margin.

Despite the loss, MacDonald said she wasn’t disappointed with the effort from her squad.

In its first three years in existence, the Fort Lewis program had lost three times to the Tigers by a combined 36 goals, so a narrow loss was a sign of progress.

“Overall, I think it was a battle,” MacDonald said. “It was a bummer we couldn’t come out on top because we played very good defense. It was one of those games where you play an amazing game for the most part, and you don’t come out on top.”

Fort Lewis returns to Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association play Friday when Regis comes to town at 1 p.m.

rowens@durangoherald.com

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