#9 Colby Routs Eastern Connecticut in NCAA Opener

WATERVILLE, Maine -- On the same day she was chosen New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Year, junior midfielder Kate Sheridan (Hingham, Mass.) had five goals and two assists to power the Colby College women's lacrosse team to a 19-3 win over Eastern Connecticut State in a first round NCAA Division III Tournament game Wednesday at Bill Alfond Field.

The Mules, ranked ninth in the country, will play at fourth-ranked Hamilton College in a regional semifinal Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Gettysburg College and Middlebury College will meet in the other semifinal at 2:30 p.m. Middlebury took a 19-3 win over Ithaca in another opening round game.

Sheridan, a two-time All-American, broke two school records in helping the Mules improve to 13-5 on the season. She set the single-season points record with her 56 goals and 33 assists for 89 points. Allie Libby '07 had the old record with 35 goals and 53 assists for 88 points. Sheridan also broke a 17-year-old school record for goals in a season when her third goal of the game Wednesday gave her 54 to surpass the old record of 53 by Margaret Mauran '91 in 1991.

Becky Julian (South Windsor, Conn.) added three goals and three assists for the Mules. Anne Geraghty (Westford, Mass.) finished with two goals and one assist and Amy Campbell (North Andover, Mass.) had two goals. Caroline Atwater (Catonsville, Md.), Caitlin Briody (Hopewell, N.J.), and Casey Thomas (Needham, Mass.) all had one goal and one assist.

The NESCAC champion Mules scored the opening four goals of the game, but the Warriors hung tough and only trailed 4-1 when Lily Anderson (Portland, Maine) tallied with 12:44 to go to intermission. Colby, though, scored six goals in a span of 3:15 (12:16 to 9:01) to pull away for good and led 13-1 at halftime. Colby scored the first three goals of the second half and substituted liberally in the final 30 minutes.

Taylor MacDonald (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) and Brooke Wayte (Bellport, N.Y.) had the other goals for Eastern Connecticut (11-7), the champions of the Little East Conference. Sarah Warnke (Lakeville, Conn.) made three saves in the first half for the Mules and Keryn Meierdiercks (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) finished with eight stops in the second half. Warrior goalie Joslin Wells (Marston Mills, Mass.) made 10 saves.

E. Ct. 1 # 2 -- 3
Colby 13 # 6 -- 19

Eastern Connecticut: Taylor MacDonald 1-0, Brooke Wayte 1-0, Lily Anderson 1-0, Megan Gloster 0-1.
Colby: Kate Sheridan 5-2, Becky Julian 3-3, Anne Geraghty 2-1, Amy Campbell 2-0, Caroline Atwater 1-1, Caitlin Briody 1-1, Casey Thomas 1-1, Heather Nickerson 1-0, Cary Finnegan 1-0, Kaggie Orrick 1-0, Carrie Lovejoy 1-0, Kathleen Kramer 0-1.

Joslin Wells (Eastern Connecticut, 60:00, 19 GA, 10 saves).
Sarah Warnke (Colby, 30:00, 1 GA, 3 saves) and Keryn Meierdiercks (Colby, 30:00, 2 GA, 8 saves).


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