Burt and Colby Top Amherst; NESCAC Semis Next
from press release
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) made 12 saves and Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) scored at least 40 goals for the third time in three years to lead the fourth-seeded Colby College women's lacrosse team to an 11-3 win over fifth-seeded Amherst College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.
Colby improves to 12-3 overall and will play in a league semifinal game against second-seeded Middlebury College next Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Trinity College. The top-seeded Bantams will take on sixth-seeded Hamilton College in the other semifinal at noon. Amherst, ranked 12th nationally, ends the season at 9-6.
Burt, a junior, may have played the best game of her career after stopping six shots in each half. She had a number of difficult stops in the second half. Burt also finished with two caused turnovers and two ground balls.
McKenna, with 40 goals and four assists this season, scored all four of her goals in the second half to break the contest open. She had 43 goals in her first year at Colby and scored 45 a year ago. McKenna has 128 goals and 16 assists for 144 career points in her junior year.
Both teams came ready to play in a first half dominated by the defenses. Burt ended up being the difference, stopping six shots as the Mules took a 3-1 lead at the break. Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.) scored on a blast from the right side of the goal with 23:06 left to put the Mules up 1-0. Tess Petesch (Rockville, Md.) took a feed from Sarah Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) and scored on a low shot with 21:12 to play for a 2-0 Mule lead.
Amherst cut the lead in half with 15:31 to go on Caroline Holliday's (Newark, Del.) catch-and-shoot off a nice pass from Elizabeth Ludlow (Huntington, N.Y.). Petesch scored her second goal of the game from Eddy with 11:54 to play for the 3-1 margin.
Colby, which went 0-for-2 on free-position shots in the first half, made four of its five free-position shots in the final 30 minutes. The Mules scored four straight goals in the first 7:17 of the second half to take command. Eddy scored her second goal of the contest on a free-position shot just 1:43 into the half. After an unassisted goal by Abby Hatch with 25:21 remaining, McKenna scored back-to-back free-position goals with 23:49 and 22:43 to play.
Ludlow gave Amherst some life after the Lord Jeffs won the draw control after McKenna's second goal. She took a feed from Krista Zsitavay (New Vernon, N.J.) and scored just 21 seconds later to make it 7-2.
The Mules, ranked eighth nationally, once again scored four straight goals to pull away for an 11-2 lead. Hatch had her second goal with 17:29 left from Eddy, McKenna scored on her third free-position shot, McKenna got her fourth of the game from Hatch, and Alex Mintz (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) took a feed from Dana Swaffield (Dover, Mass.) for the Mules' final score.
The Jeffs closed out the scoring when Hillary Densen (Summit, N.J.) converted on a free-position goal with 3:46 to play.
Meg Mooney (Wellesley, Mass.) led Colby's defense with four caused turnovers and four ground balls. Kirsten Karis had a game-high five ground balls and caused two turnovers.
Mia Haughton (Princeton, N.J.) had three caused turnovers and three ground balls to lead Amherst. Alex Philie (East Sandwich, Mass.) added two caused turnovers, two draw controls, and two ground balls. Zsitvay had a game-high four draw controls.
Christy Forrest (Madison, Conn.) made seven saves in 50:21 of action in goal for Amherst. Katelyn Salerno (West Windsor, N.J.) played 9:39 and had no stops.