No. 6 Colby Uses 5-Goal Run to Down No. 16 Tufts

MEDFORD - Senior co-captain Kate Pistel (Amherst, MA) and junior Katie Griffin (Duxbury, MA) both scored twice during a five-goal run by Colby at the start of the second half, which helped the visiting Mules earn a 14-9 NESCAC victory at Tufts on Saturday.

Junior Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, CT) led Colby with four goals including the 100th of her career as the #6 Mules improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in NESCAC. Sixteenth-ranked Tufts, who dropped to 3-2 and 1-2 in the league, was led by a game-high five goals from first-year Caroline Ross (Sewickley, PA).

The first half was played evenly. Tufts had a 3-2 lead when Ross scored her first of the day off a free-position shot at 15:34. The Mules generated the next three, including two by McKenna both assisted by junior Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, CT). Ross scored with 38 seconds left until intermission and it was 5-4 Colby at the break.

Pistel scored twice 45 seconds apart five minutes into the second half to put Colby up 7-4. Griffin's back-to-back goals gave the visitors a 10-4 margin with 15:37 remaining in regulation. The Jumbos stopped the run on a goal by junior Eliza Halmo (Brunswick, ME) at 13:58, but Colby got four of the next five to go up 14-6 after first-year Dana Swaffield (Dover, MA) scored her second goal at 4:05. Tufts tallied three times in the final 3:20, including two by Ross, to complete the scoring.

Eddy won four draw controls and had three assists for Colby, who out-shot Tufts 27-21. Junior Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, CT) started in goal for the Mules and made six saves in 46:50 of action to earn the win.

Junior Emily Wright (Richmond, VA) grabbed four draw controls to lead Tufts. Senior co-captain Meg Boland (New Canaan, CT) caused two turnovers and collected three groundballs. The Jumbos finished with a slight 13-10 edge in groundballs. Senior Tess Shapanka (Sudbury, MA) took the loss in goal, finishing with four saves in 46:50 of playing time.

Colby boards a plane to Florida later today and plays Potsdam tomorrow in Clermont at 4:00 pm. Tufts is home again on Thursday against Endicott at 4:30 pm.

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MEDFORD, Mass. -- Lindsey McKenna scored her 100th career goal and the sixth-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team scored five straight times at the start of the second half to break open a tight game on the way to a 14-9 victory over 16th-ranked Tufts University on Saturday.

McKenna became the 12th player in program history to reach 100 goals for her career. She had four goals Saturday and now has 100 goals and 13 assists for 113 career points in just her junior year. McKenna was the first Mule to reach 100 career goals since Amy Campbell '10 also did it against Tufts. Jen Lilly '90 also scored her 100th career goal for Colby against the Jumbos.

The Mules move to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Colby will play against Potsdam State on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla.

After battling to a 5-4 lead at halftime, Colby put the game away with five goals in the opening 14:23 of play in the second half. Kate Pistel scored two goals (Katie Griffin assisted on the first one) in a span of 45 seconds to give the Mules a 7-4 margin. Pistel had three goals, one assist, and two caused turnovers on the day. She moved her career totals to 90 goals and 33 assists for 123 career points. Pistel also scooped up one ground ball to reach 100 for her career.

Sarah Lux tallied with 23:51 remaining off a pass from Sara Miller to push the lead to 8-4. Griffin made it 9-4 just 1:08 later from Lux and then scored again with 15:37 remaining to put the Mules up by six goals.

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