#8 Colby Nips #12 Middlebury in Sudden Victory

WATERVILLE, Maine -- First-year Sarah Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) scored with just 12.3 seconds left in sudden victory, and eighth-ranked Colby took a thrilling 11-10 win over 12th-ranked Middlebury on Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.

Lux, who also had three assists on the day, ripped a high shot past Middlebury goaltender Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.) to set off a wild Colby celebration.

Colby moves to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, while the Panthers fall to 6-1 overall and also 3-1 in the league.

The Mules led 9-6 after sophomore Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) scored off a free-position shot with 27:24 to play in the second half. Middlebury, though, tightened up defensively after that and scored the final three goals of regulation play. Dani DeMarco (Norwell, Mass.) scored about two minutes after Pistel's goal, Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) tallied off a free-position shot with 18:22 to play, and Neile Weeks (Baltimore, Md.) tied the game at 9-9 with 11:12 to play.

After neither team could score the rest of the way in regulation, Middlebury scored its fourth straight goal in the first overtime by Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) with 1:17 to play. The overtime in women's lacrosse features two three-minute periods without sudden death. After two periods, the third period and on feature sudden death.

Lux had the assist on Colby's tying goal with 36 seconds left in the second overtime. Casey Thomas (Needham, Mass.) took a feed from Lux, raced in a few steps, and scored one of the biggest goals of her four-year career.

Middlebury had leads of 3-1 and 6-3 in the first half before the Mules scored the final five goals to take an 8-6 lead at intermission. Pistel, who scored all four of her goals on free-position shots, had two in the final three minutes to break the tie.

With leading scorer Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) not playing because of injury, the Mules also received a big performance out of first-year Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.). She had a pair of goals, won a game-high six draw controls, and caused two turnovers. Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.), Anne Geraghty (Westford, Mass.), and Hilary Barr (Ridgewood, N.J.) also had goals for Colby.

The story for Middlebury in the game was Nguyen, who made 18 saves to keep her team in the contest. She made nine stops in the second half and three in the overtime periods, with many of them coming off difficult stops.

Ryan finished with three goals and a pair of draw controls for Middlebury. Souther also had two goals, while Ellen Halle (Upperco, Md.) had one goal and one assist. Hannah Deoul (Stevenson, Md.), who had three groundballs and two caused turnovers, and Michaela Colbert (Topsfield, Mass.) also scored for the Panthers.

Sarah Warnke (Lakeville, Conn.) made 10 saves for the Mules, who converted on 5 for 10 on free-position shots. Middlebury had just three free-position attempts, but did convert on two. Meg Mooney (Wellesley, Mass.) was strong defensively for Colby with four groundballs and two caused turnovers.

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WATERVILLE, Maine -- Sarah Lux scored the winning goal with 12.3 seconds left in the third overtime as eighth-ranked Colby won a thrilling 11-10 game over 12th-ranked Middlebury on Saturday at Bill Alfond Field. The Mules move to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the NESCAC, while the Panthers fall to 6-1 overall and also 3-1 in league action.

With inclement weather pushing the noon start time to 4:00 p.m., Middlebury held leads of 3-1 and 6-3 in the first half, as Sally Ryan scored two Panther goals. Kate Pistel's four goals led the Colby comeback as the Mules netted the final five goals of the half, taking an 8-6 lead at intermission.

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2011-04-02



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