April 6, 2013

No. 6 Colby Crushes Wesleyan; No. 1 Trinity up Next

from press release

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The sixth-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team will head into Sunday's home game with top-ranked Trinity College unbeaten at 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference after a 12-3 victory over Wesleyan University on Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.

Colby is 18-1 over the past three years at Bill Alfond Field and will get a huge test against No. 1 Trinity (8-0 overall, 5-0 NESCAC) at noon Sunday. The Bantams took a 13-5 win at Bowdoin College on Saturday. Webcast and live statistics are available for Sunday's game athttp://livestats.prestosports.com/colby/

Colby All-American attacker Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) had three goals and one assist, while All-American midfielder Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) and first-year Dana Swaffield (Dover, Mass.) both had two goals and one assist. Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.) had a big day with one goal, two assists, a game-high five draw controls, and two ground balls. Sara Miller (Andover, Mass.) also had two goals for the Mules, while Katie Griffin (Duxbury, Mass.) dished a game-high three assists. Alex Mintz (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Abby Hooper (Nahant, Mass.) had the Mules' other goals.

Wesleyan (3-7 overall, 0-6 NESCAC) scored all three of its goals on free-position shots. Kayla Ellman (Montclair, N.J.), Kaylin Berger (Farmington, Conn.), and Abby D'Angelo (Weston, Mass.) had the scores for the Cardinals.

The two teams combined for 22 turnovers in a sloppy opening half. Wesleyan did a solid job of passing in Colby's end and took plenty of minutes off the clock. The Cardinals only trailed 3-2 after Berger ripped in her free-position score with 10:37 to play.

Eddy scored on a free-position shot with 8:13 remaining and Miller scored off an assist from Abby Hatch (Wilbraham, Mass.) with just 13 seconds left to halftime to give Colby a 5-2 lead at the break.

The Mules scored seven unanswered goals in the second half to pull away. Mintz tallied from McKenna with 26:55 to go for a 6-2 margin, while Pistel added her second goal from in front off a nice centering pass from Eddy with 24:27 remaining. Miller scored with 17:55 to play from Swaffield, who then scored two straight goals in a span of 19 seconds (10:20, 10:01 left). McKenna scored her third of the game from Pistel with 7:30 to play and Hooper scored Colby's final goal just 28 seconds later from Griffin.

Wesleyan closed out the scoring when Ellman tallied with just 1:39 to play.

Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) made four saves for Colby in 51:30 and Claire Dickson (Darien, Conn.) made three stops in the final 8:30. All-American defender Kirsten Karis (Southborough, Mass.) and first-year Brittany Chin (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each had three caused turnovers. Lisa Hoopes (Ipswich, Mass.) added two caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls. Burt also had one caused turnover and two ground balls.

Wesleyan first-year goalie Nina Labovich (Alexandria, Va.) made nine saves and scooped four ground balls. Lydia Kring (Philadelphia, Pa.) added two draw controls and two ground balls, while Berger and Emily Gretsky (Westfield, N.J.) both had three ground balls.

The Mules had a 31-14 shot advantage, but the Cardinals did go 3-for-6 on free-position shots.

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