MO State HS Sports

Dominant Second Half Powers Cougars Past Braves To Championship Title

lacrosse team

St. Louis, Mo. – The Columbia College Cougars continued their post-season run today as they took on the nationally ranked #10 Braves of Ottawa University in the championship game of the KCAC tournament. Looking to avenge an early season loss to the Braves, the Cougars used an 11-4 second half scoring advantage to overcome a six-goal deficit and claim the win. 

Columbia trailed 2-4 after the first quarter of play and then again at the half, 4-10. Both teams scored four times in the third quarter. Heading into the fourth and final quarter Columbia trailed Ottawa 8-14. The Cougars scored six unanswered goals to tie the score at 14-14 with under two minutes to play. Ethan Houston scored off of a pass from Tyler Parrott to give Columbia the lead, 15-14, with 1:42 left to play. The Braves had a chance to tie it but their shot was blocked, giving the Cougars the win. 

Stat Tracker:
CC def. OU, 15-14

  • KCAC Defensive Player of the Year Bryce Peltier collected 19 saves on 56 shots from Ottawa
  • Derek Howard led the team with four goals and three assists; Ethan Houston also finished with four goals
  • John Thomas, Tyler Parrott, and Kellen Brechbill all finished with two goals each
  • Tyson Norris added one goal
  • John Thomas led in assists as he finished with four
  • Drew Whitener picked up six ground balls while Peter Jones followed with three

The Cougars will now wait to see if they have done enough to garner an at-large big to the National Tournament.

This article is provided by Columbia Cougar Athletics