No. 8 Colby Escapes Bates in Double Overtime

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) scored with 31.2 seconds left in the second overtime session to lift eighth-ranked Colby to an 11-10 win over Bates on Wednesday at Bill Alfond Field.

Colby moves to 11-3 overall and 7-3 in the NESCAC, while Bates falls to 7-7 overall and 4-6 in the league. The Mules will be the fourth seed in the NESCAC playoffs and will entertain fifth-seeded Amherst on Saturday at noon in a quarterfinal game. Bates is the seventh seed and will play at second-seeded Middlebury.

McKenna had five goals and one assist to play a part in six of the 11 goals. Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.) added two goals and two assists to raise her team-leading point totals to 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points. Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) added a pair of goals, Abby Hatch (Wilbraham, Mass.) dished three assists, and Sarah Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) had two assists.

Wally Pierce (Weston, Mass.) and Blair Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) had three goals apiece for the Bobcats. Pierce also had a game-high seven draw controls, five ground balls, and two caused turnovers.

Kirsten Karis (Southborough, Mass.) had a big day defensively for Colby with three caused turnovers, four draw controls, and five ground balls. Lisa Hoopes (Ipswich, Mass.) added three caused turnovers and three ground balls, while Meg Mooney (Wellesley, Mass.) finished with two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Melanie Watson (West Granby, Conn.) led Bates with three caused turnovers, Linnea Fulton (Bristol, R.I.) added four draw controls and four ground balls, and SooHee Yoon (Lexington, Mass.) had three draw controls and two ground balls.

After each team scored one goal in the six-minute overtime session, McKenna finally ended the game after 5:29 of the second overtime when she took a pass in front from Eddy and was able to turn and shoot for the goal.

Dana Swaffield (Dover, Mass.) scored Colby's other overtime goal in the first session, taking a pass from Hatch and swooping from right to left in front of the cage. With time ticking down on Bates in the first OT, Shrewsbury was a fed a pass on the left side of the goal from Moriah Greenstein (Glenmont, N.Y) to tie the game at 10-10.

Colby appeared to have control of the game when the Mules went up 6-2 in the opening half. Pistel scored about three minutes into the game and McKenna followed about four minutes later from Hatch for a 2-0 margin.

Bates tied the game at 2-2 on unassisted goals by Pierce and Shrewsbury.

The Mules scored four straight goals (McKenna twice, Abby Hooper, Pistel) to take a 6-2 lead with 9:49 to intermission. Bates, though, scored four straight goals in the final 3:26 to send the game to halftime tied at 6-6. Emma Getsinger (Darien, Conn.), Greenstein, Pierce, and Shrewsbury had the goals.

Colby took the lead three times in the second half, but Bates scored the next goal each time to keep it tied. McKenna tallied from Lux just 1:53 into the second half for her fourth goal of the game. The teams combined for three goals in a span of 1:16 to make it 8-8. Pierce tied the game at 7-7 from Bridget Meedzan (Ipswich, Mass.), Eddy put the Mules back up on a goal off a pass from McKenna, and Meedzan scored with 21:41 to play on a free-position shot for an 8-8 game.

With the clock under 10 minutes, Eddy scored unassisted with 8:08 to play in regulation to put Colby up again. Kathy Yannopoulos (Simsbury, Conn.) added a third Bates free-position goal with 6:39 to go for a 9-9 tie.

Claire Dickson (Darien, Conn.) stopped seven shots in the second half and overtime to earn the win for Colby. Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) played the first half for the Mules and stopped six shots. Bates goalie Hannah Jeffrey (Greenwich, Conn.) also played well with 13 saves.

While Colby had a slight 30-28 advantage in shots, Bates had a large margin in draw controls (17-8). The Bobcats also were 3 for 10 on free-position shots, while Colby was 0 for 4.


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