LEWISTON, Maine --- The sixth-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team prepared for Saturday's NESCAC playoff game by finishing the regular season at 13-1 overall after a 10-8 win at Bates College on Wednesday night.
The Mules are the second seed in the NESCAC tourney and will play host to seventh-seeded Hamilton College at 1 p.m. Saturday. Colby has won 15 straight games at Bill Alfond Field.
The Mules finished the regular season with a 9-1 record in the league. Colby also clinched Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) bragging rights after beating Bowdoin earlier this season to go 2-0 against its Maine rivals.
Lindsey McKenna had three goals to reach 38 this season and added four draw controls for the winners. Kate Pistel had a big all-around game with one goal, one assist, five ground balls, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers.
Tess Petesch added two goals and one assist for Colby, while Sara Miller and Alex Mintz both had one goal and one assist. Claire Donegan finished with one goal, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Katie Griffin had the other goal for Colby, which trailed 5-4 at halftime.
Kirsten Karis led the Colby defense with two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Meg Mooney chipped in a pair of draw controls.
Colby and Bates exchanged the first four goals of the second half and the Bobcats still led 7-6 with 12:36 remaining. Pistel tied the game at 7-7 with 11:08 left and Donegan scored unassisted to put Colby up for good at 8-7 just 12 seconds after Pistel's goal. McKenna and Mitz finished off a four-goal scoring run to push the lead to 10-7 with 4:25 to go.
Colby 10, Bates 8
Colby............... 4 6 - 10
Bates............... 5 3 - 8
Colby SCORING: GOALS: Lindsey McKenna 3; Tess Petesch 2; Kate Pistel
1; Sara Miller 1; Alex Mintz 1; Claire Donegan 1; Katie Griffin 1.
ASSISTS: Hilary Barr 1; Sara Miller 1; Alex Mintz 1; Tess Petesch 1;
Kate Pistel 1.
Bates SCORING: GOALS: Joan O'Neill 3; Kathy Yannopoulos 2; Lindsay
Thompson 2; Maggie Reilly 1.
ASSISTS: Kathy Yannopoulos 2; Joan O'Neill 1
SHOTS - Colby 17; Bates 20.
TURNOVERS - Colby 15; Bates 13.
CLEARS - Colby 13-13; Bates 13-15.
GOALIES - COLWLX12: Michelle Burt (30:00 minutes, 8 shots-3 saves, 5
GA) , Claire Dickson 5-0 (30:00, 6-3, 3); BAT: Leah Elsmore 4-4
(60:00, 16-6, 10).
2012 NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship
Saturday, April 28 at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Bates at No. 1 Trinity – 12:00 p.m.
No. 7 Hamilton at No. 2 Colby – 1:00 p.m.
No. 6 Tufts at No. 3 Middlebury – 12:00 p.m.
No. 5 Bowdoin at No. 4 Amherst – 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 at Highest Remaining Seed
Semifinals – game times at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Highest remaining seed vs. lowest remaining seed
Remaining first round winners Sunday,
Final – 12:00 pm