Middlebury Gets by Colby in NESCAC Semifinal
from press release
HARTFORD, Conn. - Senior co-captain midfielder Margaret Souther scored her game-high fifth goal of the game unassisted with 2:51 left in the second half to lead the Middlebury College Panthers back from a 10-6 second-half deficit and to an 11-10 victory over the Colby College Mules in NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship Semifinal action this afternoon on Sheppard Field. The No. 2-seeded Panthers improve to 15-1 with their fifth consecutive triumph and advance to a re-match of last year's NESCAC Finals against the host Trinity College Bantams tomorrow at noon. Colby falls to 12-4 and looks to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Tomorrow's game will be webcast live at www.trincoll.edu/livevideo.
Middlebury scored the game's final five goals over the last 20:36 of the contest after consecutive goals by Colby juniors Lindsey McKenna and Alex Mintz had given the Mules a 10-6 lead 7:17 after the break. Senior attacker Emma Kramer started the rally with a goal 10:24 into the second, followed by a free-position shot by classmate Ellen Halle with 13:05 on the clock. Souther scored her fourth of the contest, from junior midfielder Liza Herzog, with just under 10 minutes left to play, and first year midfielder Lauren Pascal converted on another free position to tie the game at 10-10 with 7:27 remaining.
Colby opened the game with a 4-0 run, as junior attacker Katharine Eddy scored unassisted just 45 seconds into the contest, and fed Tess Petesch for a goal with 23:23 left in the first half. Abby Hooper and McKenna also scored during the Mule spurt. Kramer scored the first Panther goal 10:15 into the game, but consecutive Colby goals by Eddy and senior co-captain midfielder Kate Pistel gave the Mules their largest lead at 6-1 just over 12 minutes into the contest. Over the final 14 minutes of the first half, Souther scored twice in a row and Halle scored once, followed by a pair of Colby tallies, but Souther beat Colby junior goalie Michelle Burt with five seconds left for an 8-5 score at intermission.
Kramer finished with a hat trick, while Halle notched two goals and two assists for Middlebury, while senior midfielder Michaela Colbert added three draw controls, and junior goalie Alyssa Palomba made eight Panther saves. Eddy had two goals and three assists, while McKenna scored three times, and both Petesch and Pistel added one goal and one assist for Colby. Eddy also had four draw controls, while Burt made nine saves, scooped three ground balls, and forced a pair of turnovers in the Mule goal.