May 7, 2011

Colby Advances to Fifth Straight NESCAC Final

from press release

HARTFORD, Conn.
- The Colby College women's lacrosse team scored the final seven goals of the game, breaking a 7-7 tie with 12 minutes remaining, to take a 14-7 win over Bowdoin in the NESCAC Semifinals Saturday at Trinity College. The third-seeded Mules (13-3) advance to their fifth-straight conference title game while the Polar Bears (14-3) will likely receive an at-large bid when NCAA Tournament selections are announced Sunday night.

In a game that started nearly 90 minutes late due to multiple lightning delays, the game developed into a see-saw battle with neither team leading by more than a single goal until consecutive scores by Colby's Claire Donegan and Anne Geraghty, at 12:07 and 11:15 of the second half, gave the Mules a 9-7 lead. Bowdoin led, 5-4, at the break thanks to an unassisted tally with 6:29 on the clock by junior attackman Liz Clegg.

Donegan tied the game quickly after intermission with a goal on a free position shot with 1:35 gone, and Colby rookie Katharine Eddy scored less than a minute later to give the Mules their first lead since 2-1 at 6-5 with at the 27:28 mark.

Bowdoin sophomore attackman Carolyn Gorajek sandwiched two goals around a Caitlin Briody Colby tally to account for a 7-7 tie with 13:03 remaining, but Donegan fed McKenna in front on the go-ahead score from behind and to the right of the net at the 12:07 mark. Colby went on to score six more times with Bowdoin fighting uphill against four yellow cards in the final 5:32.

Donegan and sophomore attacker Kate Pistel led all scorers with three goals and two assists apiece for Colby, while McKenna scored three times, and Briody tallied twice. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Warnke made eight saves in the Mule goal and senior tri-captain defender Lexi Crook notched three ground balls and four draw controls. Gorajek had four goals and Clegg scored a pair for Bowdoin, while sophomore backstop Tara Connolly made 10 stops for the Polar Bears. Bowdoin came up empty on six free-position shots.

The win breaks a two-year losing streak for the Mules against the Polar Bears as Colby netted its first win against Bowdoin since April 1, 2009.


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