No. 6 Colby Scores Final Four to Down No. 14 Hamilton

CLERMONT, Fla. -- Kate Pistel and Katharine Eddy both had five points on the day and sixth-ranked Colby scored the final four goals of the game to earn a 13-9 win over Hamilton in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Wednesday in Florida.

The Mules move to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the conference heading into Saturday's league road game at Connecticut College at noon. Hamilton, ranked 14th nationally, fell to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the conference.

Pistel finished with a game-high four goals and added an assist, while Eddy had three goals and two assists. The two players combined to go 5 for 5 in free-position shots and the Mules were 6 for 8 for the game. Pistel (11 goals, 5 assists) and Eddy (5 goals, team-high 11 assists) share the team lead in points with 16.

Katie Griffin continues to play well for the Mules, adding three more goals to lift her season total to nine. Lindsey McKenna, Alex Mintz, and Hilary Barr also tallied for Colby. Sarah Lux dished two assists and Dana Swaffield had one assist.

The Continentals tied the game at 9-9 with 13:42 to play on a goal by Kathryn Maiorano, but Colby's defense held Hamilton without a goal the rest of the way. Kirsten Karis had two ground balls, one caused turnover, and one draw control to lead the defense. Brittany Chin and Meg Mooney both had one caused turnover and one ground ball.

Lindsey McKenna scored her team-leading 13th goal of the season from Eddy for the game-winning goal with 10:40 to play. The Mules won the draw control and Griffin scored just nine seconds later off a pass from Swaffield for an 11-9 lead. Barr added a free-position goal with 9:05 to play and suddenly the Mules were up by three in a time span of 1:35. Pistel added an unassisted score with 7:39 for the final goal of the game.

Colby scored the opening two goals of the game on free-position shots by Eddy and Pistel in the first 2:15 of the contest. Hamilton, though, stormed back with four unanswered goals in the next nine minutes. Katie D'Antonio had two of her team-high three goals in the run.

Eddy had another free-position goal to cut the lead to 4-3 and Pistel followed with her second goal off an assist from Eddy with 16:44 left. The Continentals again went ahead by two goals thanks to scores by Margaret Gabriel (14:20 left) and Rachel Friedman (10:16). However, Colby tied the game at halftime when Griffin scored from Pistel with 2:42 remaining and Mintz had her goal from Lux with 1:13 to play.

Eddy gave the Mules the lead for the second time with another free-position score just 2:27 into the second half. The Continentals took the lead back on goals by D'Antonio and Friedman for an 8-7 margin with 22:37 to play. Colby tied the game at 8-8 on Grififn's second goal off a pass from Lux with 18:36 remaining and then Pistel blasted home another free-position score for a 9-8 margin with 16:10 to play.

The Mules had a huge 18-6 margin draw controls, with McKenna and Swaffield leading the way with four apiece. Tess Petesch added three draw controls, while Barr and Lindsay McCabe both had two.

Claire Dickson entered the game at the start of the second half in goal and earned the victory with three stops. Michelle Burt also made three saves for Colby in the opening half.

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CLERMONT, Fla. -- No. 6 Colby scored the last four goals and pulled out a 13-9 NESCAC victory against No. 14 Hamilton at the National Training Center on March 27.

Kate Pistel and Katherine Eddy led the Mules with five points apiece. Pistel scored four goals and added one assist, and Eddy had three goals and a pair of helpers. Katie Griffin notched three goals and Hilary Barr, Lindsey McKenna and Alex Mintz tallied one each. Sarah Lux posted two assists and Dana Swaffield had one.

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