No. 8 Colby Bounces No. 6 Middlebury
from press release
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Colby outscored Middlebury 7-2 in the second half on its way to an 8-6 win over the sixth-ranked Panthers (10-2, 7-2) on Kohn Field. The eighth-ranked Mules (12-1, 8-1) trailed 4-0 in the game, facing a 4-1 deficit at the intermission. Both teams wrap up their NESCAC regular season next Wednesday as Middlebury visits Williams and Colby travels to Bates.
Middlebury jumped out early, with Margaret Souther figuring in each of the first four goals. Leading 1-0, Souther made a quick feed to Hannah Deoul, who turned and shot for the 2-0 advantage. Souther scored her second of the game at 4:57 with a high shot to the top right corner on a free position. The lead grew to 4-0 just 38 seconds later when Souther found Michaela Colbert with a great cutting pass.
Colby got on the board with just 46 seconds remaining, as Alex Mintz converted a free position.
The Mules scored the first five goals of the second half, taking a 6-4 lead at the 9:50 mark. Claire Donegan scored the first two unassisted, before finding Hilary Barr, who made a nice curl move to tie the game at 4-4 with 13:28 remaining. Lindsey McKenna scored the next pair of goals at 12:37 and 9:50 for the 6-4 Mule advantage.
Middlebury's Ellen Halle broke up the five-goal run with a free position tally at the 8:55 mark, cutting the lead to one. Kate Pistel quickly answered for Colby just over a minute later with some great passing, as Donegan earned the assist. The Mules struck again with 5:30 remaining, gaining a three-goal lead when Donegan found Lindsey McKenna on a great cut to make it 8-5.
Heather Marrison converted a free position for the Panther with 4:08 left, but that's as close as the Panthers would get. The Mules effectively took the final two minutes off the clock to secure the win.
Souther finished with two goals and two assists for the Panthers, while Hannah Epstein picked up four ground balls. Lily Nguyen finished with seven saves in goal.
Donegan earned two goals and four assists for Colby, while McKenna added three tallies. Kirsten Karis and Meg Mooney each picked up four ground balls, while Mooney caused three turnovers. Michelle Burt picked up the win in goal with 10 saves.
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