Wesleyan Drops NESCAC Match to No. 6 Colby

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Sat., April 10, 2010) -- -- Colby College, ranked sixth nationally in Division III, used a five-goal run to erase an early deficit and take the lead for good in a 13-9 win over Wesleyan University Saturday afternoon. Colby improved to 8-2 overall and 4-2 in NESCAC play with the win, while Wesleyan now stands 2-8 and 0-6 in conference play.

Freshman Tess Petesch gave Colby the lead for good at the 15:36 mark of the first half, netting an unassisted tally-her fifth of the season-to put the visitors ahead 4-3. Junior Casey Thomas followed 49 seconds later with her eighth goal of the year to make it 5-3, and senior tri-captain Amy Campbell made it 6-3 at the 7:44 mark.

Wesleyan had taken an early lead on a trio of unassisted tallies. Senior Erin McCarthy put the Cardinals up 1-0 with an unassisted tally just 2:43 into the game, but Colby senior Caroline Atwater responded 22 seconds later to even the score. Wesleyan moved back ahead courtesy of freshman Lydia Kring at the 25:42 mark, and a goal off a free-position shot by junior Jess Chukwu, her team-leading 23rd, made it 3-1 at 22:38.

Wesleyan twice got within one late in the half but was unable to get the equalizer. Goals by leading scorer junior Allie Lynch and freshman Sara Mendelson made it 6-5 at the 4:20 mark, but Campbell netted her team-high 31st goal of the season to make it 7-5 with 1:38 to go. Wesleyan cut it to 7-6 thanks to Chukwu's 24th tally with 22 seconds left, but senior tri-captain Carly Rapaport made it 8-6 Colby with three seconds to go in the first.

Colby scored three of the first four goals of the second for a commanding 11-7 lead with 13:28 to play and never let Wesleyan get closer than three after that. The final tally came from Mendelson with 4:21 left to play.

Five different players-Campbell, Thomas, freshman Kate Pistel, Atwater, and Rapaport-netted a pair of goals for Colby. Wesleyan was led by the two-goal efforts of Chukwu, Kring, and Mendelson. Colby held a decided edge in shots in the contest, firing 35 to the Cardinals' 18-including a 18-6 edge in the second half, but Wesleyan sophomore goalkeeper Maggie Drowica stopped 18 Colby shots, tying the career high she set in her collegiate debut against Bowdoin College in the 2009 season opener, to keep Wesleyan in the game. Junior Sarah Warnke recorded three saves in the Colby cage.

Wesleyan will be right back at it on Sunday, as the Cardinals host St. John Fisher College in an afternoon matinee. Colby hits the field again on Thursday, hosting Colorado College.


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