Colby Pounds Plymouth State in NCAA Opener, 21-5

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College attacker Allie Libby (Needham, Mass.) became the Mules' all-time single-season scoring leader after scoring three times and dishing five assists in a 21-5 victory over Plymouth State University in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Wednesday night at Bill Alfond Field.

The Mules (14-3), playing in their first-ever NCAA game, came out strong and led 5-0 just 6:25 into the game and took a 15-3 lead at halftime. Plymouth State ends its season at 13-6. Colby had taken a 24-15 win over the Panthers in a home game during the regular season.

Colby will take on rival Bowdoin College in a NCAA Regional Semifinal game this Saturday at 11:30 p.m. at Middlebury College. Union College and Middlebury play in the other semifinal game at 2:30 p.m. The winners of Saturday's game meet Sunday at 1 p.m. at Middlebury in the Regional Final for the right to go to the NCAA Final Four.

Libby now has 34 goals and 52 assists for 86 points to break the old single-season scoring record of 46 goals and 38 assists for 84 points by Nicki Furek in 2000. Libby already owns the single-season assist record.

Lauren Barrett (Fairfield, Conn.) had four goals and one assist, while Kate Sheridan (Hingham, Mass.) added three goals and two assists for Colby. Kelsey Neville (Duxbury, Mass.) had three goals and one assist and Elizabeth Ghilardi (Norwell, Mass.) finished with two goals and two assists.

Bethany Brown (Norwich, Conn.) had two goals to lead the Panthers. Meg Cupoli (Southboro, Mass.) added one goal and one assist.

Plymouth State 3#2-----5
No. 11 Colby 15#6----21

Goals-Assists:
Plymouth State: Bethany Brown 2-0, Meg Cupoli 1-1, Nicole Evans 1-0, Liz Boddy 1-0, Caitlyn Irving 0-1.
Colby: Allie Libby 3-5, Lauren Barrett 4-1, Kate Sheridan 3-2, Kelsey Neville 3-1, Elizabeth Ghilardi 2-2, Courtney Drake 2-0, Lauren Strazzula 1-1, Becky Julian 1-0, Libba Cox 1-0, Heather Nickerson 1-0.

Goalies:
Lindsay DeLorie (PSU, 32:35, 8 GA, 5 saves) and Sarah Beebe (27:25, 13 GA, 8 saves).
Catharine O'Brien (Colby, 60 minutes, 5 GA, 5 saves).

2006-05-11



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