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March 11, 2014

#8 Colby Tops Southern Maine 21-4

(Courtesy of Colby College Sports Information)

#8 Colby Tops Southern Maine 21-4

            WATERVILLE, Maine -- The eighth-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team opened up a 13-3 lead at halftime on the way to a 21-4, non-conference victory over University of Southern Maine on a cold Tuesday evening at Bill Alfond Field.

            The win was the second straight for the Mules and improved their overall record to 2-1.  The Huskies dropped their second straight game to fall to 0-2.

            Seniors Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.), Alex Mintz (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) and rookie Florence Robinson (Old Lyme, Conn.) all had three points for the Mules. Eddy and Mintz each had three goals, while McKenna and Robinson both had two goals and one assist.  Robinson had her first two collegiate goals.

            Freshman Celeste Murtha (Natick, Mass.) also had her first two collegiate goals for Colby and classmates Cassie Rodgers (Marblehead, Mass.), Lexie Perticone (Darien, Coon.), Gemma Bready (Newbury, N.H.) and Emilie Klein (North Andover, Mass.) all had their first collegiate goals. 

            The Mules also received two goals from senior Sarah Lux (Manlius, N.Y.), a goal and an assist by sophomore Dana Swaffield (Dover, Mass.), and single goals from junior Abby Hatch (Wilbraham, Mass.) and senior Katie Griffin (Duxbury, Mass.).

            Senior Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) led Southern Maine with two goals and one assist. Sophomore Sara Pelligrinelli (Southington, Conn.) and rookie Raquel Heitor (Danbury, Conn.) also tallied, while sophomore Anh Nguyen (South Portland, Maine) had one assist.

            The Huskies were able to stay close for the opening 15 minutes of play and only trailed 7-3 after Heitor scored with 15:36 to halftime.

            Colby scored six straight goals over the final 14:38 of the half to go up 13-3 at the break.  The Mules added the first two goals of the second half to pull away even further.

            Senior goalie Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) stopped three shots and junior teammate Claire Dickson (Darien, Conn.) made three saves as each played a half in net.

            Senior Kim Vogel (Sanford, Maine) had seven of her 11 saves in the first half for the Huskies.

            Senior Kirsten Karis (Southborough, Mass.), Bready, and Klein all had three draw controls and two ground balls for the Mules. Hatch had a team-high four ground balls, while rookie Caitlin Heaps (Bedford, N.H.) and Eddy both had two caused turnovers.

            Senior Jacki Kelly (Brunswick, Maine) and junior Jill Whitelaw (Kennebunk, Maine) each had two caused turnovers and two ground balls for USM.  Junior Laura Fay (Falmouth, Maine) had a game-high seven draw controls.

            Southern Maine is scheduled to play at the University of New England on Thursday (5:00 p.m.).  Colby hosts Tufts University for a NESCAC match on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).

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