May 11, 2011

Colby Advances to Face Future NESCAC Foe

from press release

WATERVILLE, Maine -- After a slow start and falling behind 1-0, the eighth-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team exploded for 10 goals in the final 21:15 of the opening half on the way to a 17-4 win over Norwich University in a first round game in the NCAA Division III Tournament on Wednesday at Bill Alfond Field.

The Mules move to 14-4 and will play Hamilton College on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Cortland State in a second round game. Norwich ends the season at 10-3 overall. Colby  lost in an NCAA quarterfinal game to Hamilton a year ago.

Colby first-year attacker Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.), who found out after the game she was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, had four goals to reach 39 on the season. Sarah Lux (Manlius, N.Y.), another first-year attacker, added two goals, three assists, and had four draw controls. Senior attacker Anne Geraghty (Westford, Mass.) added three goals and three draw controls for the Mules.

The Mules, who have won all four opening round NCAA games they have played, got off to a rough start. Colby, which had 10 turnovers in the first 14 minutes of play, fell behind 1-0 when Kacey Abbriano (Hicksville, N.Y.) scored her 40th goal of the season about six minutes into the game.

Colby scored the next nine goals to pull away, with Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.) tying the game at 1-1 with 21:15 to play. McKenna scored two straight goals  for a 3-1 lead and then Alex Mintz (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) made it 4-1 with 12:54 left.

Geraghty scored her hat trick in 36 seconds to help the Mules earn some breathing room. She tallied with 9:15 remaining and then won the draw control, raced in on goal, and scored just 10 seconds later at 9:05. Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) won the draw control and fed Geraghty for her next goal with 8:39 to play.

McKenna added two more goals to put the Mules up 9-1. Norwich's Grace Fitzpatrick (Falmouth, Maine) and Colby's Kate Gragnolati (Chevy Chase, Md.) traded goals in the final 1:11 to make it 10-2 Mules at the break.

The Cadets got as close as 11-3 in the second half before the Mules scored five straight goals to pull away again.

Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) and Gragnolati each finished with one goal and two assists for the Mules, while Pistel had two assists and Mintz had one goal and one assist.

Abbriano and Fitzpatrick both had two goals for Norwich.

Lexi Crook (South Burlington, Vt.) led the Mules defensively with five groundballs, four caused turnovers, and two draw controls. Lisa Hoopes (Ipswich, Mass.) added five groundballs and three caused turnovers.

Fitzpatrick also had three caused turnovers and four groundballs to go along with her goals. Mollie Fitzpatrick (Falmouth, Maine) added four groundballs.

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