March 23, 2013

McKenna Leads No. 6 Colby to Jumbo NESCAC Win

from press release

MEDFORD, Mass. --- Lindsey McKenna scored her 100th career goal and the sixth-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team scored five straight times at the start of the second half to break open a tight game on the way to a 14-9 victory over 16th-ranked Tufts University on Saturday.

McKenna became the 12th player in program history to reach 100 goals for her career. She had four goals Saturday and now has 100 goals and 13 assists for 113 career points in just her junior year. McKenna was the first Mule to reach 100 career goals since Amy Campbell '10 also did it against Tufts. Jen Lilly '90 also scored her 100th career goal for Colby against the Jumbos.
 
The Mules move to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Colby will play against Potsdam State on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla. 

After battling to a 5-4 lead at halftime, Colby put the game away with five goals in the opening 14:23 of play in the second half. Kate Pistel scored two goals (Katie Griffin assisted on the first one) in a span of 45 seconds to give the Mules a 7-4 margin. Pistel had three goals, one assist, and two caused turnovers on the day. She moved her career totals to 90 goals and 33 assists for 123 career points. Pistel also scooped up one ground ball to reach 100 for her career.

Sarah Lux tallied with 23:51 remaining off a pass from Sara Miller to push the lead to 8-4. Griffin made it 9-4 just 1:08 later from Lux and then scored again with 15:37 remaining to put the Mules up by six goals.

The Jumbos' Eliza Halmo cut the margin to 10-5 with an unassisted goal with 13:58 remaining, but Colby scored four of the next five goals to push the lead to 14-6. McKenna scored her milestone goal from Pistel with 13:10 to play for an 11-5 lead. However, Annie Nero ripped in a free-position shot with 12:24 to go for Tufts. Pistel, Alex Mintz, and Dana Swaffield all scored for Colby to push the margin to 14-6. 

McKenna and Dori McAuliffe each scored to help the Mules to a 2-1 lead about 12 minutes into the first half. The Jumbos (3-2 overall, 1-2 NESCAC) went ahead for the only time in the game when Kerry Eaton and Caroline Ross scored for a 3-2 margin. Swaffield scored an unassisted goal to tie it at 3-3 and McKenna followed with back-to-back goals off assists from Katharine Eddy, who had three assists on the day and a team-high four draw controls.

Colby goalie Michelle Burt played 46:50 and made six saves to earn her fourth win of the season. Claire Dickson played the final 13:10 and stopped three shots. Brittany Chin led Colby's defense with a pair of ground balls and one caused turnover. Hilary Barr added two draw controls for the Mules.

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