Athenas Utilize Balanced Attack to Tame Tigers
CMS improved to 4-0 in SCIAC play with a 16-9 win at Occidental on Saturday. Five players had goals for the Athenas with two more players having assists.
The Athenas managed three goals in the first nine minutes of play. The first score was an unassisted goal by Madi Shove, the second goal was a senior connection from Sarah Dick to Molly Murtaugh and the third was an unassisted goal from freshman Maddie Bannon. The Tigers answered back with an unassisted goal from Sarah Kessler at 22:38. Occidental changed the pace of the game and Lauren Wemple scored a goal off of a nearly 10 minute possession at 13:42. At 12:39 the Tigers tied the game. Junior Ali Abramovitz broke the tie and sophomore Rachel Darby (pictured) scored her first of six to give the Athenas a 5-4 lead at the end of the first thirty. CMS was able to get five of seven attackers to make a mark by the end of the first half.
The second thirty minutes was a strong showing for CMS attack, which outscored Occidental 11-5. CMS came out strong scoring three of the first four goals. After trading goals with the Tigers, Bannon stepped up for the Athenas on an unassisted goal at 16:52 and started an eight goal run. The following seven goals by the Athenas were distributed among three players: three by Darby, two by Murtaugh and two by Shove. At the final whistle the score read 16-9 in favor of the Athenas.
Efforts off the draw were considerable by the Athenas and they won the draw 18 times over the Tigers 10. Bannon was able to come down with five draw controls while Dick and Shove had three a piece.
CMS improved to 9-2 overall this season. The team will play the final game of three straight road games on Monday, April 4 at Pomona-Pitzer. Game time is 7:00.