Courtesy Colby Sports Information
WATERVILLE, Maine – Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) scored a collegiate-high six goals and Sarah Warnke (Lakeville, Conn.) won her 50th career game in goal as the Colby College women’s lacrosse team fell behind 4-0 in the opening seven minutes of the game only to fight back for a 17-8 win over Bates in a NESCAC quarterfinal game Sunday at Bill Alfond Field.
The third-seeded Mules (12-3) will play second-seeded Bowdoin College in a league semifinal game next Saturday at Trinity College at 2:30 p.m. In the other semifinal, top-seeded Trinity will take on fifth-seeded Tufts University at noon. The championship game will be Sunday at Trinity at noon. Colby has never played Bowdoin in a NESCAC semifinal game in the 10 years of the tourney.
McKenna came one goal shy of tying the NESCAC championship record for goals in a game. Former Colby All-American Amy Campbell '10 set the record of seven against Wesleyan in 2009. McKenna has 32 goals and four assists to lead the Mules in scoring.
Meanwhile, Warnke stopped six shots in improving to 50-12 in goal for the Mules.
With Colby leading just 8-6 at halftime, McKenna scored five of her goals in the second half. She tallied just 53 seconds into the second half for a 9-6 margin, but Bates stayed close when Jenn Brallier (Chambersburg, Pa.) cut the lead to 9-7 on a free-position shot with 20:34 left in the game. McKenna took over after that with a free-position goal with 20:14 remaining and then another tally with 19:28 to play off a nice feed from Hilary Barr (Ridgewood, N.J.) for an 11-7 lead.
Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.), who had three goals on the day for the Mules, put the Mules up 12-7 with 18:15 to play off a dish from Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.).
The sixth-seeded Bobcats got as close as 12-8 with 16:47 remaining when Joan O'Neill (Westwood, Mass.) scored her fourth goal of the game. The Mules, though, scored the final five goals of the game – the first by McKenna with 10:06 remaining and the last by her with 1:15 to play. In between, Casey Thomas (Needham, Mass.), Pistel, and Katie Briody (Hopewell, N.J.) had the other goals.
Bates (9-7), after taking a 15-10 regular season win over the Mules on Friday night in Lewiston, came ready to play. Jenna Dannis (Milford, N.H.) scored with 27:04 to play and then O'Neill tallied off a free-position shot less than a minute later. Brallier made it 3-0 off a pass from O'Neill with 25:39 to play and O'Neill scored again with 23:32 left for the four-goal margin.
Colby seemed to wake up offensively and defensively at the same time. The Mules received consecutive goals from Eddy, Anne Geraghty (Westford, Mass.), and Barr to make it a 4-3 game with 20:18 to play. O'Neill made it 5-3 Bates with an unassisted goal with 19:15 remaining, but the Mules scored four straight goals by McKenna, Tess Petesch (Rockville, Md.), Pistel and Eddy to take a 7-5 lead. Brailler and Geraghty traded goals and the Mules led 8-6 at the break.
Barr had four draw controls and one caused turnover to go with her one goal and one assist. Sarah Lux (Manlius, N.Y.) finished with three draw controls and a pair of assists for the Mules.
Linnea Fulton (Bristol, R.I.) had five draw controls and two groundballs to lead Bates.
Mara Krueger (St. Louis, Mo.) stopped 11 shots for Bates.