Eighth-Ranked Colby Storms Past Nor'easters

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Eighth-ranked Colby led 9-0 after just 12 minutes of play on the way to a 20-1 non-conference victory over University of New England on Thursday at Bill Alfond Field.

The Mules move to 10-2 overall and have gone seven straight seasons and 11 of the last 12 years with at least 10 victories in a season. Colby heads back to conference play Saturday at home against Connecticut College at 11:00 a.m. in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game.

Kate Gragnolati had three goals and two assists, while Anne Geraghty added three goals and one assist for the Mules. Tess Petesch dished four assists for the winners, Katharine Eddy and Casey Thomas both had one goal and two assists.

Colby received two goals apiece from Kirsten Karis and Lane McVey. Ceilidh Meagher had her first collegiate goal and the Mules also received one goal from Hilary Barr, Lucy Gerrity, Ali Iannotti, Lindsey McKenna, Lexi Crook, and Alex Mintz.

The Mules scored on 14 of their 21 shots in the first half to take a 14-0 margin. Colby used a 19-3 advantage in draw controls to have numerous possessions.

Jessy Dvorak scored the first goal of the second half for UNE (4-13).

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WATERVILLE, Maine -- Fourteen different players scored as eighth-ranked Colby College defeated the University of New England, 20-1, in non-conference women's lacrosse action Thursday afternoon at Bill Alfond Field. The Mules improve to 10-2 on the year, while UNE concludes its regular season with a mark of 4-13.

Senior Kate Gragnolati (Chevy Chase, Md.) tallied a team-high five points (3G, 2A) for Colby, and classmate Anne Geraghty (Westford, Mass.) also recorded three scores. Junior Lane McVey (Bronxville, N.Y.) and first-year Kirsten Karis (Southboro, Mass.) each added a pair of markers. Sophomore Tess Petesch (Rockville, Md.) registered a team-best four assists off the bench.

Colby struck nine times in the opening 12 minutes to assume control of the contest. For the game, the hosts finished with significant advantages in shots (28-8) and draw controls (19-3).

After all 14 first-half goals went for the Mules, the Nor'easters got on the board with first goal of the second half, courtesy of junior Jessy Dvorak (Windsor, Conn.).

In goal for Colby, senior Sarah Warnke (Lakeville, Conn.) made three first-half saves before giving way to first-year Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.). The Mules resume NESCAC play on Saturday with a home match against Connecticut College.

UNE first-year goalie Samantha St. Pierre (Mechanic Falls, Maine) turned away four shots in the setback.


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