March 9, 2013

Freshman Duo Helps No. 7 Colby Past No. 8 Amherst

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. --- Lindsey McKenna scored three goals and a pair of first-year players made an immediate impact to help the seventh-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team to a 10-7 win over eighth-ranked Amherst College on Saturday at Gooding Field.

First-years Dana Swaffield and Abby Hooper both scored two goals for Colby (1-0 overall, 1-0 NESCAC). Sophomore Sara Miller added one goal and one assist.
Priscilla Tyler paced Amherst (0-1, 0-1) with four goals, including three in a row to tie the game at 6-6.
Tied 6-6 midway through the second half Swaffield broke the deadlock to give the Mules the lead for good. 

Jumping out to a fast start, All-American McKenna netted the visitors’ first goal of 2013 off a Katharine Eddy feed at 27:25. Less than four minutes later, Tyler tallied the Jeffs’ first goal of the year with an unassisted score at 23:41. McKenna is up to 91 goals and 13 assists for 104 career points.

Regaining the lead, the Mules struck again just over a minute later when Abby Hatch found Tess Petesch for a score inside of the 23-minute mark. Randall tied the game at 19:42, but a free-position Hooper goal followed by a Kate Pistel score off a McKenna pass just 39 seconds later staked Colby to a two-point margin. Pistel, Colby's two-time All-American, is up to 84 goals in her career.

Up 5-3 later in the period, Eddy once again linked up with McKenna, who notched her second of two consecutive goals just 2:14 apart. With time winding down in the first half, Haugton took the ball behind the net for Amherst before dishing to Tyler in front, who ripped a shot in with 36 seconds on the clock.

Picking up right where she left off starting the second, Tyler brought Amherst within one just 5:12 into the frame, before finishing a nice wrap-around goal that suddenly pulled the home team even with 18:58 left in regulation. 

Hoping to regain the momentum, Swaffield kicked off the decisive 4-0 Colby run just over three minutes later, rifling a hard shot into the right corner past Katelyn Salerno, who relieved starter Christy Forrest in the Amherst net late in the first half. Swaffield then assisted on sophomore Sara Miller’s goal at 10:53 before Hooper and Swaffield tacked on a pair of scores in the final two minutes to bolster the Colby margin. Hillary Densen ’13 wrapped up the scoring for Amherst with a goal just before the final buzzer. Colby goalie Michelle Burt made 12 saves in earning the victory, Amherst's two keepers combined for eight saves.

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