Women's lacrosse falls in NCAA second round

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 11, 2013
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Katie Griffin

HARTFORD, Conn. --- The Colby College streak of reaching three straight NCAA Division III Tournament women's lacrosse quarterfinal rounds ended Saturday after falling 11-9 to The College of New Jersey in a second-round game at Trinity College.

Colby ends the season at 13-5 overall, losing only to top-10 teams. The Lions go to 15-4 overall and will meet top-ranked Trinity on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a regional final for a berth in the NCAA Final Four. Trinity coasted to a 19-2 win over Augustanta (Ill.) in the other second-round game.

Tess Petesch had three goals in her final game to lead the Mules, who had a 30-20 shot advantage and a 13-3 margin in ground balls. Three-time All-American Kate Pistel also played her final contest, scoring twice and dishing one assist to go over 150 career points. She finished her career with 110 goals and 41 assists for 151 points.

College of New Jersey used a four-goal run to take an 11-6 lead and then held off a spirited Colby comeback attempt over the final six minutes. Tess Petesch scored unassisted for the Mules with 24:29 to play in the game to cut the Lions' lead to 7-6.  College of New Jersey scored four four straight goals from 24:01 to 14:46 to play to pull away for an 11-6 margin. 

Kendal Borup had four goals and one assist to lead the Lions. Jillian Nealon finished with three goals, one assist, and a game-high seven draw controls. 

Borup scored just 28 seconds after Petesch's goal to give College of New Jersey an 8-6 margin. Her shot deflected off Colby goalie Michelle Burt and rolled into the net as Burt dove back to try to clear it off the line. Jen Garavente made it 9-6 when she made a cut to the goal and took a nice pass from Cortney Natalicchio, who had beat a defender on the right side. Nealon was all alone on the left side of the cage for a goal after a nice dish from Garavente for a 10-6 margin. The Lions scored their final goal of the game with 14:46 to play when Lauren Karpovich tallied in front off a feed from Lauren Pigott as the Rams worked hard to control the ball with the lead.

The game stayed at 11-6 over the next nine minutes until Colby's Katie Griffin scored on a free-position shot with 5:32 to play.  The Mules won the draw control and scored just 19 seconds later when Abby Hatch tallied and forced the Rams to call time with an 11-8 lead.

The Mules had a few chance to cut the margin to one goal over the next few minutes, but either turned the ball over or were stopped by goalie Kelsey Zinck. McKenna beat Zinck with 1:32 left in the contest off a pass from Eddy for the final goal of the contest. McKenna has 135 goals and 16 assists for 151 career points heading into her senior year in 2014. Eddy, meanwhile, led Colby in scoring this year with 21 goals and 31 assists for 52 points.

The Mules won the draw control after McKenna's goal and had two shot opportunities, the first by Griffin went wide and Zinck came up with a huge stop on Pistel off a free-position attempt. Zinck finished with nine saves in the second half and had 13 for the game.

Small goal runs marked the first half as the Lions took a 5-4 lead at intermission. The Rams started the game with goals from Nealon and Borup for a 2-0 lead with 16:01 to play. Pistel and Petesch immediately tied the game in a span of 1:10. Pistel beat a defender and ripped a shot into the back of the net, while Petesch scored on a tough angle shot after coming from behind the net.

The Rams scored the next three goals to go up 5-2 and take the lead for good. Borup scored in front off a nice lob pass from Nealon from behind the net with 10:22 left. Garavante tallied on a free-position shot with 5:26 remaining and Nealon scored from the left side off a dish from Borup with 3:46 to go.

Griffin cut to the net and took a pass from Pistel in front to make the score 5-3 with 2:25 left. The Mules then made it a tight 5-4 game at the break when Pistel went right, cut back to the left, and fired a hard shot past Zinck with only 41 seconds left.

Cortney Natalicchio scored just her third goal of the season for College of New Jersey when she drew a foul and tallied on a free-position shot just 1:21 into the second half for a 6-4 lead. Petesch made it 6-5 on another nifty shot after coming from behind the net. However, Borup used her size and strength to push the lead to 7-5 when she went right up the middle and scored while being closely guarded by a defender.

Burt finished with five saves, two caused turnovers, and two ground balls for the Mules. Eddy added a team-high three draw controls, while McKenna had two to end the season with a team-best 35. Meg Mooney added two ground balls and one caused turnover to lead the Mules in both categories (22 CT, tied with 25 GB).

College of New Jersey 11, Colby 9
Colby...............  4  5 -  9
TCNJ................  5  6 - 11
Colby SCORING: GOALS: Tess Petesch 3; Kate Pistel 2; Katie Griffin 2;
Lindsey McKenna 1; Abby Hatch 1. 
ASSISTS: Katharine Eddy 1; Kirsten Karis 1; Kate Pistel 1. 
TCNJ SCORING: GOALS: Kendal Borup 4; Jillian Nealon 3; Jen Garavente
2; Cortney Natalicchio 1; Lauren Karpovich 1. 
ASSISTS: Kendal Borup 1; Jen Garavente 1; Cortney Natalicchio 1;
Jillian Nealon 1; Lauren Pigott 1. 
SHOTS - Colby 30; TCNJ 20.
GOALIES - COLWLX13: Michelle Burt 9-4 (60:00 minutes, 16 shots-5
saves, 11 GA); TCNJ: Kelsey Zinck 15-4 (60:00, 22-13, 9).

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