No. 6 Colby Rallies to Defeat No. 13 Tufts

MEDFORD -- The Colby College women's lacrosse team scored the last four goals, and six of the last seven, to overcome a three-goal deficit in the final 16 minutes for an 11-9 victory at Tufts in a NESCAC contest under beautiful conditions at Bello Field on Saturday afternoon.

Senior tri-captain Amy Campbell (North Andover, MA) had two goals and an assist as Colby scored six times late in the game to go from trailing 8-5 to winning and remaining unbeaten (4-0, 2-0 NESCAC). She led the Mules overall with four goals and an assist for five points, and junior Sarah Warnke (Lakeville, CT) was excellent in goal with 11 saves. Tufts, which dropped to 0-2 in the league and 1-2 overall, received three goals and two assists from senior Emily Johnson (Yarmouth, ME).

The Jumbos had a 7-3 lead four minutes into the second half. In the first 30 minutes, Johnson had scored two free-position goals for the Jumbos and senior co-captain Jenna Abelli (Framingham, MA) also scored twice as the hosts took a 6-3 advantage into intermission. The margin might have been more, but Warnke stopped seven shots in the Colby cage.

After Tufts sophomore Casey Egan (Massapequa, NY) scored her second of the game at 26:08 of the second half, the Mules began to take over. Junior Anne Geraghty (Westford, MA) came off the bench and scored two of her three goals to pull Colby within 8-7 with 13:15 on the clock. Johnson's third goal put Tufts up 9-7 with 10:47 remaining, but back-to-back goals by Campbell at 9:23 and 6:16 tied the score at 9-9. First-year Kate Pistel (Amherst, MA) followed with the game-winner at the 5:05 mark.

Tufts controlled the ensuing draw and earned a free-position shot, but Warnke saved it. Both teams fumbled with possession over the next few minutes, but Colby was able to control the ball and get Geraghty's third goal of the game with just 56 seconds remaining.

Sophomore Claire Donegan (Great Falls, VA) finished the game with a goal, an assist, three ground balls, and three caused turnovers for Colby. Senior Caroline Duke (Englewood, CO) scooped up three ground balls and caused two turnovers. Campbell added two draw controls to her offensive production.

Sophomore Emily Pillemer (Arlington, MA) played a solid game on defense for Tufts, contributing two ground balls and two caused turnovers to go with three draw controls. Abelli finished the contest with three goals and an assist, along with two ground balls. Junior goalie Sara Bloom (Summit, NJ) finished with five saves.

Both teams head out of region during spring break next week. Tufts plays Buffalo State in Troy, New York on Wednesday (Mar. 24) at 12:30 pm. Colby travels to Stevens for a 4:00 start on Monday (Mar. 22).


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