April 26, 2009

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Campbell, Colby Outgun Wesleyan, 21-15

from press releases

WATERVILLE, Maine - Amy Campbell (North Andover, Mass.) broke a New England Small College Athletic Conference championship record with seven goals in a game as the third-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team took a 21-15 win over seventh-seeded Wesleyan University in a league opening round game Sunday at Bill Alfond Field.

The second-seeded Mules, the defending NESCAC champions, are 14-1 overall and have won 13 straight games heading into next Saturday's semifinal game against third-seeded Middlebury College at noon at Tufts University. Williams College, the fifth seed, and top-seeded Tufts play in the other game at 2:30 p.m., with the championship game set for Sunday at noon.

The 36 goals between the two teams tied a NESCAC championship record for total goals in a game. Colby took a 22-14 win over Tufts in an opening round game last year.

Wesleyan, which finishes its season at 6-9, gave the Mules a battle and cut a 12-5 halftime lead down to 18-15 with 6:23 left in the game. The Cardinals had a golden opportunity to make it 18-16 after Colby goaltender Keryn Meierdiercks (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) was called for a foul and had to be positioned behind free-position shooter Erin McCarthy (Ridgefield, Conn.) to leave a wide open net with 6:04 to play. Colby All-American defender Caroline Duke (Englewood, Colo.) was able to get in the crease in time and get a stick on McCarthy's hard shot to keep the score 18-15.

The Mules settled down from that point and Campbell scored two of the next three goals in the final 3:04 of play to help Colby pull away. Campbell had seven goals and one assist to break the old record of six goals in a game set eight times by six different players. Campbell herself was one of those players when she scored six times in the Mules' opening round win over Tufts last year.

Kate Sheridan (Hingham, Mass.) added two goals and five assists for Colby. Sheridan has 179 goals and 107 assists for 286 career points and needs seven more assists to break Colby's all-time career assist record of 113 set by Ally King '03.

Heather Nickerson (Falmouth, Mass.) had four goals, while Cary Finnegan (West Hartford, Conn.) had two goals and two assists. Caroline Atwater (Catonsville, Md.) finished with a pair of goals.

Wesleyan got a big effort from Jess Chukwu (Evanston, Ill.), who had six goals on seven shots. She had four of the six goals in the second half to lead the Cardinals back into the game. Chukwu also had five draw controls.

Maggie Lile (Wynnewood, Pa.) had three goals, while Sarah Orkin (West Hartford, Conn.) and Erin McCarthy (Ridgefield, Conn.) both had two goals and one assist for the Cardinals.

The Mules only had a 4-3 lead with 12:33 left in the game, but went on an 8-2 scoring run over the final 11:42 of the half for a 12-5 lead at the break.

Wesleyan cut the lead to four goals four times in the second half before Chukwu tallied off an assist from Allie Lynch (Greenwich, Conn.) with 6:23 to play to cut the lead to 18-15.


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