No. 8 Colby Fights Back to Defeat Williams

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Alex Mintz (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) scored three second-half goals as eighth-ranked Colby fought back from a 9-7 halftime deficit to take a 14-10 win over Williams in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.

The Mules move to 10-1 overall and 6-1 in league play, while Williams fell to 4-8 overall and 0-7 in conference action.

Lilly Wellenbach (West Bath, Maine) dominated the first half for the Ephs with four goals and one assist. Williams led 8-4 when Margie Fulton (Wellesley, Mass.) scored with 10:47 to halftime. On Senior Day at Colby, senior Lane McVey (Bronxville, N.Y.) scored off a pass from classmate Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) just 17 seconds later to cut the lead to three goals. The Ephs went up again by four goals at 9-5 on Emily Whicker's (Potomac, Md.) tally with 9:49 left. Colby's Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) converted on a free-position shot with 7:42 remaining and Katie Griffin (Duxbury, Mass.) made it 9-7 at halftime with an unassisted goal with 2:35 to play.

Colby inserted Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) into goal for the second half and she stopped five shots and allowed just one goal to pick up the victory.

The Mules scored three straight goals to take a 10-9 margin. Mintz and Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) both nailed their free-position shot opportunities to make it 9-8 and McKenna scored from Mintz with 19:05 to play for the 10-9 lead.

Neither team managed a goal over the next six minutes until Fulton tallied for the second time from Wellenbach with 13:04 left to knot the score at 10-10.

McKenna scored the game-winning goal and her fourth of the contest with 12:26 left on a pass from Sarah Lux (Manlius, N.Y.). Mintz scoed unassisted with 7:03 left and Pistel fired in a free-position shot just 50 seconds later for a three-goal margin. Mintz scored the final goal of the game with 2:00 left on a pass from Griffin.

Pistel and McKenna both went over 70 career goals in the game. McKenna, who is just a sophomore, has 72 goals and nine assist for 81 points. Pistel, an All-American midfielder last year, has 70 goals and 23 assists for 93 career points. Donegan, the leading active career scorer for Colby, has 61 goals and 74 assists for 135 points in her four years.

Griffin and Mintz both had three goals and one assist for the Mules. The Mules were 5 for 6 in free-position attempts.

Williams led in the game early after a huge day in draw controls, with a 19-7 advantage over Colby. Wellenbach and Whicker both had seven draw controls.

Kirsten Karis (Southborough, Mass.) and Pistel each had three caused turnovers and two ground balls for the Mules. Kat McCarrick (Wellesley, Mass.) and Donegan both finished with two caused turnovers and three ground balls.

2012-04-14



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