April 23, 2011

Colby's Warnke Stones Conn College

from press release

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Sarah Warnke (Lakeville, Conn.) won her 49th career game at Colby College in one of her best efforts after making 14 saves Saturday to lead the eighth-ranked Mules to a tough 6-4 win over Connecticut College in women's lacrosse in the rain on Bill Alfond Field.

With the victory, Colby clinches a home New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game next Sunday. The Mules move to 11-2 overall and 6-2 in conference play, while Connecticut College fell to 5-9 overall and 0-8 in the league.

Warnke, who has a 49-11 career record with the Mules, made seven saves in each period. She had a number of stops off Camel shots from close range. Warnke was one of Colby's eight seniors playing their final regular season game at home.

Caitlin Cataldo (Milford, Conn.) also stopped a number of difficult shots and finished with seven saves for Connecticut College.

Colby scored two goals in the first 4:54 of play to take early command. Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) scored off a free-position shot and Tess Petesch (Rockville, Md.) tallied unassisted.

Katelyn Driscoll (Peabody, Mass.) cut the Camels' deficit to one after scoring with 22:13 remaining off a pass from Izzy Mark (Ridgewood, N.J.). However, Colby's Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) scored the final goal of the half with 6:49 to play from Lucy Gerrity (Cumberland, Maine).

Senior attacker Anne Geraghty (Westford, Mass.) tallied just 20 seconds into the second half to give the Mules a 4-1. She finished with a game-high five draw controls and reached 30 goals for her career.

Libby Nichols (Baltimore, Md.) scored unassisted with 27:17 to play and Driscooll fired in a free-position shot to bring the Camels to within one at 4-3.

Colby's Hilary Barr (Ridgewood, N.J.)  scored with 14:31 left the second half and senior Casey Thomas added an insurance goal with 2:58 to play,

Haley Dumke (Scarsdale, N.Y.) closed out the scoring with Connecticut College's final goal with 45 second  to play.

Mary Cummings (Summit, N.J., a senior defender, had six groundballs and one caused turnover for the winners. Katie Briody (Hopewell, N.J.), Lexi Crook (South Burlington, Vt.), Kate Gragnolati (Chevy Chase, Md.), and Ali Iannotti (North Haven, Conn.) were other seniors honored before the game.

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