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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 12, 2010
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's hockey team nearly came back from a 3-0 deficit, but Wesleyan University held on for a 3-2 win on Friday night at Alfond Rink.
Wesleyan beat Colby for the second time this season and stayed alive for the final New England Small College Athletic Conference playoff spot.
The two teams are battling for the eighth spot in the NESCAC playoffs. The Mules fall to 3-15-5 overall and 1-9-3 in the league, while Wesleyan is 4-15-1 and 2-11-0.
The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the opening period and never trailed in the game. After Jaime Bonner (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored unassisted at 8:23, Wesleyan made it 2-0 when Julia Mulhern scored on the power play at 17:19 off a pass from Julia Heffelfinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.).
The lone goal of the second period went to Wesleyan's Sena Ito (New York, N.Y.) from Becca Koppel (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Emma Ram (Conway, Mass.) at 7:36 for a 3-0 margin after 40 minutes.
Colby fought back quickly with two goals in the opening 7:04 of the third period. First-year player Ally Kane (Montelier, Vt.) tallied just 40 seconds into the period from Marissa Simmons (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) and Kaitlyn Conway (Andover, Mass.). Simmons and Conway also had the assists on Colby's second goal by Stephanie Scarpato (Osterville, Mass.) at 7:04.
Wesleyan goalie Nicole Bonneau (Williston, Vt.) kept Colby off the scoreboard over the final 13 minutes to earn the victory with 23 saves.
Wesleyan 3, Colby 2
W: Jaime Bonner, 8:23
W: Julia Mulhern (Julia Heffelfinger), 17:19, PP
W: Sena Ito (Becca Koppel, Emma Ram), 7:36
C: Ally Kane (Marissa Simmons, Kaitlyn Conway), :40
C: Stephanie Scarpato (Kaitlyn Conway, Marissa Simmons), 7:04
Shots: Wesleyan 15, Colby 25. Goalies: Nicole Bonneau (Wesleyan, 60:00, 2 GA, 23 saves); Loni Pisani (Colby, 58:59, 3 GA, 12 saves).