18th-Ranked Colby Upsets No. 9 Amherst

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The 18th-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team scored five unanswered goals in a span of 6:15 of the second half to turn a tie game into a five-goal lead on the way to a 12-7 victory over ninth-ranked Amherst College on Saturday in New England Small College Athletic Conference play at Bill Alfond Field.

Amherst (12-2, 7-2 NESCAC) earned the second seed in the NESCAC playoffs and will play a noon quarterfinal game at home against Wesleyan University on Sunday. Meanwhile, fifth-seeded Colby (9-5, 5-4 NESCAC) plays at the same time at fourth-seeded Tufts University. The Jumbos secured the fourth seed over the Mules by beating Middlebury College on Saturday.

With Colby leading 5-4 at halftime, the Jeffs tied the game just 48 seconds into the second half on an unassisted goal by Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, N.Y.). The Mules caught fire with five straight goals from 28:46 remaining to 22:31. Becky Julian (South Windsor, Conn.) had two goals and one assist during the scoring run, but the highlight was a goal by Amy Campbell (North Andover, Mass.). Carly Rapaport (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) scored with 26:40 left and Campbell won the draw control after the goal. Campbell used her speed to make a straight run at the goal and score just six seconds later.

The two teams traded goals over the final 20 minutes, with Julian scoring Colby's goals to give her four for the game. Julian, a junior, reached 100 career points with 77 goals and 23 assists for 100 points. She has 33 goals and 12 assists for 45 points this season despite missing the first two games of the year due to finishing her women's hockey season.

Colby All-American Kate Sheridan (Hingham, Mass.) added three goals and two assists. The junior midfielder moved within nine points of 200 for her career with 135 goals and 56 assists for 191 points. Sheridan leads the NESCAC with 46 goals and 27 assists for 73 points. Campbell had two goals and two assists for the Mules, while Heather Nickerson (Falmouth, Mass.) had two goals and one assist.

Hoeg and Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, Mass.) both had three goals for Amherst. Christina Hopkins (Montclair, N.J.) added two assists and Amy Craig (Denver, Colo.) had the other goal. Colby goalie Sarah Warnke (Lakeville, Conn.) and Amherst keeper Linda McEvoy (Rochester, N.Y.) each had six saves.

Amherst 4 # 3 -- 7
Colby 5 # 7 -- 12

Goals-Assists:
Amherst: Maddie Hoeg 3-0, Mary Noonan 3-0, Christina Hopkins 0-2, Amy Craig 1-0.
Colby: Becky Julian 4-1, Kate Sheridan 3-2, Amy Campbell 2-2, Heather Nickerson 2-1, Carly Rapaport 1-0.

Goalies:
Linda McEvoy (Amherst, 60:00, 12 GA, 6 saves).
Sarah Warnke (Colby, 60:00, 7 GA, 6 saves).

2008-04-26



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