No. 8 Colby staves off upset bid from women's lax

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Lindsey McKenna scored with 31.2 seconds left in the second overtime session to lift eighth-ranked Colby to an 11-10 win over the Bates women's lacrosse team on Wednesday, in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Bates (7-7, 4-6 NESCAC) has captured the seventh seed in the NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship nonetheless. The Bobcats will play at second-seeded Middlebury in the conference quarterfinals on Saturday at noon, in their fifth straight NESCAC Championship appearance.

Colby moves to 11-3 overall and 7-3 in the NESCAC. The Mules will be the fourth seed in the NESCAC playoffs and will entertain fifth-seeded Amherst on Saturday.

McKenna had five goals and one assist to play a part in six of Colby's 11 goals. Katharine Eddy added two goals and two assists. Kate Pistel added a pair of goals, Abby Hatch dished three assists, and Sarah Lux had two assists.

Juniors Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) and Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) had three goals apiece for the Bobcats. Pierce also had a game-high seven draw controls, five ground balls, and two caused turnovers in the latest of a string of impressive all-around performances.

Kirsten Karis had a big day defensively for Colby with three caused turnovers, four draw controls, and five ground balls. Lisa Hoopes added three caused turnovers and three ground balls, while Meg Mooney finished with two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Junior defender Melanie Watson (West Granby, Conn.) led Bates with three caused turnovers, senior Linnea Fulton (Bristol, R.I.) added four draw controls and four ground balls, and junior SooHee Yoon (Lexington, Mass.) had three draw controls and two ground balls.

After each team scored one goal in the six-minute overtime session, McKenna finally ended the game after 5:29 of the second overtime when she took a pass in front from Eddy and was able to turn and shoot for the goal.

Dana Swaffield scored Colby's other overtime goal in the first session, taking a pass from Hatch and swooping from right to left in front of the cage. With time ticking down on Bates in the first OT, Shrewsbury was a fed a pass on the left side of the goal from first-year Moriah Greenstein (Glenmont, N.Y.) to tie the game at 10-10.

Colby appeared to have control of the game when the Mules went up 6-2 in the opening half. Pistel scored about three minutes into the game and McKenna followed about four minutes later from Hatch for a 2-0 margin.

Bates tied the game at 2-2 on unassisted goals by Pierce and Shrewsbury.

The Mules scored four straight goals (McKenna twice, Abby Hooper, Pistel) to take a 6-2 lead with 9:49 to intermission. Bates, though, scored four straight goals in the final 3:26 to send the game to halftime tied at 6-6. Sophomore Emma Getsinger (Darien, Conn.), Greenstein, Pierce, and Shrewsbury had the goals.

Colby took the lead three times in the second half, but Bates scored the next goal each time to keep it tied. McKenna tallied from Lux 1:53 into the second half for her fourth goal of the game. The teams combined for three goals in a span of 1:16 to make it 8-8. Pierce tied the game at 7-7 from junior Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.), Eddy put the Mules back up on a goal off a pass from McKenna, and Meedzan scored with 21:41 to play on a free-position shot for an 8-8 game.

With the clock under 10 minutes, Eddy scored unassisted with 8:08 to play in regulation to put Colby up again. Bates sophomore Kathy Yannopoulos (Simsbury, Conn.) added a third Bates free-position goal with 6:39 to go for a 9-9 tie.

Bates first-year goalie Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) also played well with 13 saves. Claire Dickson stopped seven shots in the second half and overtime to earn the win for Colby. Michelle Burt played the first half for the Mules and stopped six shots.

While Colby had a slight 30-28 advantage in shots, Bates had a large margin in draw controls (17-8). The Bobcats also were 3-for-10 on free-position shots, while Colby was 0-for-4.