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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 21, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Becky Julian (South Windsor, Conn.) and her fellow Colby College seniors decided they wanted to play one more home game after a 3-2 overtime victory over Trinity College in the regular season finale for both squads on Saturday at Alfond Rink.
Julian scored 2:03 into overtime to help the Mules (11-10-3 overall) clinch a home game for the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs. The Mules finished 7-7-2 in the league and will play host to either Bowdoin College or Connecticut College next Saturday at 4 p.m. Colby will play Bowdoin if Connecticut College loses to Amherst College on Sunday. A win or a tie by the Camels over Amherst will give them the fifth seed.
Trinity clinched the third seed in the NESCAC playoffs and also will wait on an opponent. The Bantams will take on either Bowdoin or Connecticut College depending on Sunday’s result.
Colby appeared to be heading toward a road game in the playoffs, but scored two goals in the final 4:53 of regulation and then got the big goal from Julian in overtime.
After a scoreless first period, Trinity (13-9-2, 8-7-1) scored 3:30 into the second period when Sarah Kohn (Winchester, Mass.) tallied off assists from Domi Di Dia (Studio City, Calif.) and Hadley Gleason (Boston, Mass.).
The Mules tied the game at 1-1 when Marissa Simmons (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) scored her fourth goal of the season on the power play off passes from Andrea Fuwa (Wilmette, Ill.) and senior Amanda Comeau (Southbury, Conn.) with just 4:53 left in regulation.
Colby took its first lead of the game when senior Colette Finley (St. Paul, Minn.) found the back of the net at 17:12 of the period. Heather Nickerson (Falmouth, Mass.), another senior, and Simmons had assists.
Trinity would not give up and sent the game into overtime after pulling the goalie. The move paid off as Kohn scored with 1:35 to play from Britney McKenna (Rye, N.Y.).
Julian scored from the left side on a blast from between the blue line and the top of the circle. The goal was her 19th of the season and the 65th of her career. Julian, playing in her 100th career game, has 65 goals and 45 assists for 110 points.
The goal set off a wild celebration for Colby, who saluted its eight seniors before the game. The senior class of Laura Anning (Ingramport, Nova Scotia), Lacey Brown (Freeport, Maine), Jen Caruso (Darien, Conn.), Comeau, Finley, Julian, Nickerson, and Shelley Payne (Pelham, N.Y.) have a 50-38-12 record in four seasons.
Brown earned her 26th career win in goal for Colby with 31 saves. Trinity goalie Hilary Novik (Lakeville, Conn.) had a shutout for more than 55 minutes and stopped 28 shots.
Colby 3, Trinity 2, OT
T: Sarah Kohn (Domi Di Dia, Hadley Gleason), 3:30
C: Marissa Simmons (Andrea Fuwa, Amanda Comeau), 15:07
C: Colette Finley (Heather Nickerson, Marissa Simmons), 17:12
T: Sarah Kohn (Britney McKenna), 18:25
C: Becky Julian (Stephanie Scarpato, Heather Nickerson), 2:03
Shots: Trinity 33, Colby 31. Goalies: Hilary Novik (Trinity, 3 GA, 28 saves); Lacey Brown (Colby, 2 GA, 31 saves).