WATERVILLE, Maine --- The sixth-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team made it eight wins in a row to start the season and set up next Friday's big game with Trinity College by taking a hard-fought 9-7 win over Connecticut College in New England Small College Athletic Conference play.
The Mules are 8-0 overall and improve to 4-0 in the league, while Connecticut College fell to 3-5 overall and 1-5 in the conference. The Mules will play at fifth-ranked and unbeaten Trinity College (7-0) this Friday at 4 p.m. Colby's 8-0 start to the season is the best in program history.
Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.) had two goals and two assists to lead the Mules. After scoring 20 points (16 goals, 4 assists) in her first year last season, Eddy has team-bests in points (30) and assists (17) this year in just eight games.
All-American Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) and Katie Griffin (Duxbury, Mass.) also had two goals each. Hilary Barr (Ridgewood, N.J.), Lane McVey (Bronxville, N.Y.), and Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) had lone goals for the winners. Sarah Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) dished two assists and Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) had one assist.
Lowell Abbott (Manchester, Mass.) led all scorers with four goals and one assist for the Camels. Katelyn Driscoll (Peabody, Mass.) added a pair of goals, Izzy Marx (Ridgewood, N.J.) had one goal, and Maura Brazel (Boxford, Mass.) finished with one assist.
Conn College had a 20-18 advantage in shots and also won the draw control battle (10-8). The Mules were whistled for 28 fouls in the game (Camels had eight) and Conn College finished 1-for-11 in free-position shot opportunities. Colby took just two free-position shots and missed both.
Colby goaltender Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) had eight saves, while Kelsey Burke (Atlanta, Ga.) stopped six shots for Conn College.
The Mules never trailed in the game, but were tied three times in the first half before Eddy's unassisted goal with 5:16 to play gave her team a 4-3 margin at the break.
Driscoll tied the game one last time when she scored off a pass from Brazel just 42 seconds into the second half.
Pistel used her speed to score two straight goals to give the Mules the lead for good at 6-4. She scored with 24:39 to play off a hard shot after taking a pass from Eddy. Pistel blew past a defender and fired in another goal just 1:17 later for a 6-4 margin.
Marx made it a one-goal game with a free-position goal with 20:36 to play, but Colby once again countered with two straight goals. Griffin scored in tight quarters after taking a pass from Eddy with 15:28 left and then Eddy scored unassisted just 45 seconds later for an 8-5 lead.
Abbott, who did a terrific job of shooting in defensive traffic, helped the Camels get to 8-6 with an unassisted goal with 12:43 to play. Griffin, though, took a pass from McKenna and scored on an awkward-looking shot with 9:06 remaining. Abbott did cut the margin to two again at 9-7 with a score with 4:21 left. Colby spent the final two to three minutes killing the clock.
Donegan had three caused turnovers and Lisa Hoopes (Ipswich, Mass.) added two for Colby. Eddy also had three draw controls and Kirsten Karis (Southborough, Mass.) had two draw controls and one caused turnover.
Deanna Ezzio (Pepperell, Mass.) led the Camels with two caused turnovers and Marx had four draw controls.
Colby 9, Connecticut College 7
Connecticut College. 3 4 - 7
Colby...................... 4 5 - 9
Connecticut College SCORING: GOALS: Lowell Abbott 4; Katelyn Driscoll
2; Izzy Marx 1. ASSISTS: Lowell Abbott 1; Maura Brazel 1.
Colby SCORING: GOALS: Katharine Eddy 2; Kate Pistel 2; Katie Griffin
2; Hilary Barr 1; Lane McVey 1; Claire Donegan 1. ASSISTS: Katharine Eddy 2;
Sarah Lux 2; Lindsey McKenna 1.
Shots: Connecticut College 20; Colby 18.
SHOTS ON GOAL - Connecticut College 15; Colby 15.
GOALIES - CONNW: Kelsey Burke 3-5 (60:00 minutes, 15 shots-6 saves, 9
GA); COLWLX12: Michelle Burt 4-0 (60:00, 15-8, 7).