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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 5, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women’s hockey team pulled off a major upset last year by beating Middlebury College on its home ice in a conference semifinal game. The two teams are back at it in the same game this year at Amherst College on Saturday.
The fourth-seeded Mules and second-seeded Middlebury will meet in one New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Amherst’s Orr Rink. The day starts off at noon with top-seeded Amherst taking on sixth-seeded Connecticut College in the other semifinal.
Colby will participate in the NESCAC Final Four for the third time in the past four years. The Mules pulled off the 3-2 overtime win over Middlebury last year in the semifinals and then fell to Amherst in the title game. Colby (12-10-3) got to the semifinal game this year with a 2-1 win over Bowdoin College in a quarterfinal game last Saturday at Alfond Rink.
Sophomore forward Stephanie Scarpato leads Colby in scoring with 13 goals and a conference-best 19 assists for 32 points. Her point total ranks second in the conference and she has 52 career points in just two seasons.
Senior forward Becky Julian earned second team All-NESCAC honors for the second straight year after putting up a team-best 19 goals and nine assists for 28 points. She is third in the league in scoring and her career totals are up to 66 goals and 45 assists for 111 points. Julian was first on the Mules in conference scoring with 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points.
Senior forward Laura Anning (8 goals, 14 assists), senior defender Heather Nickerson (1 goal, 14 assists), senior forward Colette Finley (7 goals, 5 assists), and senior forward Amanda Comeau (5 goals, 7 assists) are other scoring threats for Colby. Anning is the leading active career scorer with 59 goals and 57 assists for 116 points.
Senior goalie Lacey Brown was one of the stars of the game in the victory over Bowdoin. She stopped 30 shots in the game, while Bowdoin’s goalie made just 18 saves.
Middlebury is 17-3-4 overall and has won five of the last six games, with the lone loss at Amherst. The Panthers are first in the league in scoring offense (4.04) and first on the power play (21 percent). Molly Vitt (10 goals, 18 assists), Annmarie Cellino (9 goals, 17 assists), Maggie Melberg (11 goals, 12 assists), Erika Nakamura (11 goals, 9 assists), and Heather McCormack (10 goals, 10 assists) all have 20 points or more.