No. 8 Colby Holds off No. 12 Bowdoin in Rivalry Game

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby All-American Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) scored four goals and teammate Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) had three goals and one assist as the eighth-ranked Mules held on for a 10-9 win over rival and 12th-ranked Bowdoin on Wednesday night at Bill Alfond Field.

The Mules won their 15th straight game on Bill Alfond Field dating back to the 2010 season. Colby is 6-0 at home this season and stand at 24-5 on its turf over the past four years. Colby (11-1 overall, 7-1 NESCAC) will finish the regular season with road games at Middlebury and Bates, but the Mules clinched the opportunity to host a NESCAC quarterfinal game on April 28.

With the Mules leading 8-7, McKenna scored her 32nd goal of the season and her 75th career goal in just two years off a pass from Sarah Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) with 5:14 to play. Pistel scored unassisted with 3:19 to play and the Mules seemed to have control at 10-7.

Bowdoin fought back when Carolyn Gorajek (Hightstown, N.J.) scored unassisted with 2:01 to play. The Polar Bears cut it to 10-9 when Elizabeth Clegg (Hudson, Ohio) had another unassisted goal with 49.9 seconds to play. The Polar Bears won the draw control, but turned the ball over and the Mules ran out the clock.

Gorajek and Clegg both had three goals and one assist for Bowdoin, which trailed 6-5 at halftime.

Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) added two goals, four draw controls, and one caused turnover for Colby. Kirsten Karis (Southborough, Mass.) and Katie Griffin (Duxbury, Mass.) each had three ground balls.

Katie Stewart (Chevy Chase, Md.) had one goal, three caused turnovers, and two ground balls for Bowdoin. Katie Herter (Topsfield, Mass.) added four draw controls.

Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) made 10 saves in net for Colby, while Tara Connolly (Simsbury, Conn.) made seven stops.

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WATERVILLE, Maine - Colby edged Bowdoin, 10-9, in a battle of nationally-ranked squads at Alfond Field on Wednesday evening.

The eighth-ranked Mules improve to 11-1 overall this year (7-1 NESCAC) and remain in the hunt for the conference's top seed in the upcoming league tournament. The 12th-ranked Polar Bears fall to 8-5 (5-4 NESCAC) and currently sit in fifth place in the conference standings with one league game remaining on their slate.

Kate Pistel scored four goals while Lindsey McKenna had three goals and an assist for the Mules. Carolyn Gorajek and Elizabeth Clegg both had three goals and one assist for Bowdoin, which trailed 6-5 at halftime.

With Colby leading 8-7 in a back-and-forth contest, McKenna scored with 5:14 to play and Pistel added a goal at 3:19 to give the hosts a seemingly safe 10-7 advantage.

Bowdoin fought back when Gorajek scored unassisted with 2:01 to play. The Polar Bears cut it to 10-9 when Clegg had another unassisted goal with 49.9 seconds to play. The Polar Bears won the draw control, but turned the ball over and the Mules ran out the clock.

Katie Stewart had one goal, three caused turnovers, and two ground balls for Bowdoin. Katie Herter added four draw controls. Michelle Burt made 10 saves in net for Colby, while Tara Connolly made seven stops for Bowdoin.

Bowdoin will return to action on Sunday at home against the University of New England at 1:00 p.m.

2012-04-18



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