March 21, 2009

No. 11 Colby Hands No. 12 Trinity First Loss

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Hartford, Conn. - Senior co-captain midfielder Kate Sheridan (Hingham, Mass.) totaled five assists and sophomore Sarah Warnke (Lakeville, Conn.) made 14 saves in goal to lead the visiting Colby College Mules to a 10-7 win over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's lacrosse action this afternoon on Sheppard Field.  Trinity, ranked No. 12 in the nation, falls to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the NESCAC, while the No. 11-ranked Mules improve to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the league.  The game was a rematch of the 2008 NESCAC Championship Finals, which Colby won by a score of 14-12 last May. 

The teams played to a 4-4 tie over the first 22 minutes of the opening half, as Trinity sophomore attacker Caitlin Irvine (Westwood, Mass.) scored twice in the first four minutes.  Junior attacker Jenn Calver (Barnard, Vt.) gave Trinity a 4-3 lead at the 18:12 mark on a blistering shot from the circle on a free position, but Colby answered three minutes later when Sheridan fed senior attacker Becky Julian (South Windsor, Conn.) on the first of three consecutive Mule goals that came as a result of her assists with 8:21 left in the stanza. 

Colby added a fourth unanswered goals by senior attacker Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) with 33 seconds before the break to give the Mules a 7-4 lead.

Colby came out shooting in the second half, and Trinity freshman goalie Gina Dinallo (West Hartford, Conn.) made three stops in the first two minutes before Mule junior attacker Amy Campbell (North Andover, Mass.) finally bounced one past with 28:09 on the clock.  The Mules increased their advantage to 10-4, but Trinity rallied late beginning with the third goal of the game for Irvine at the seven-minute mark. 

Calver rocketed in another goal 1:15 later and sophomore midfielder Alisen Urquhart (Redding, Conn.) streaked down the middle of the field untouched for a third score to pull Trinity within three with 2:07 left to play.  The Bantams gained possession again, but failed to get off a shot when sophomore midfielder Rachel Romanowsky (Hampstead, N.H.) was called for a charge while making a move around the back of the Colby goal.  The Mules held the ball for the remainder of the contest until the closing seconds.

Colby, which held the Trinity defense to six goals less than its previous season-low, controlled 12 draw controls to against six for the Bantams.  Mule sophomore midfielder Casey Thomas (Needham, Mass.) and Bantam freshman midfielder Liz Bruno (Andover, Mass.) totaled five ground balls apiece.  Dinallo finished with 13 saves for the Bantams, while Romanowsky notched a goal and two assists.  Four different players scored twice for Colby, including Donegan who also assisted on a pair of scores.

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