Courtesy of Middleury Sports Information
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Colby won its third NESCAC Championship and its first since 2009 with a 13-9 win over third-seeded Trinity (14-4) on Middlebury's Kohn Field. The fourth-seeded Mules (15-3) earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will find out their fate when the pairings are announced Sunday night.
The team's exchanged the first six goals of the game before Trinity's Allie Barrett converted a free position to put her team on top 4-3 with 6:34 remaining in the first half. Emilie Klein scored on a free-position shot for the Mules at the 2:27 mark, before Kiley Coffey found the back of the net with 22 seconds remaining to give the Bantams a 5-4 lead at the break.
The second half saw Trinity maintain a one or two-goal lead, as the two teams exchanged the first eight goals of the half. Trailing 9-7 with 17:39 remaining, Colby closed the game on a 6-0 run to secure the victory. Gemma Bready converted a pass from behind the net by Kelsey Bowden to spark the run, before Sasha Fritts scored with a low sidearm shot to knot the game at 9-0 with 13:53 left to play. Kendall Smith scored the next two goals for the Mules, the first on a free position, as her team now lead 11-9 with 12:31 remaining. Klein cut to her left and found the back of the net at the 10:45 mark after a dish from Fritts, before Fritts set up Maddie Hatch with a pass into the middle for the game's final goal with 6:01 remaining.
Klein finished with four goals, Smith had three, while Bready netted two and Fritts finished with two goals and three assists for Colby. Brady also won four draws in the game to go along with three caused turnovers, while Grace Crowell earned four draw controls. Izzy Scribano finished with four saves in goal to pick up the win.
Coffey tied a NESCAC Tournament record with seven goals in the game and a new tourney record with 17 throughout the tournament. She also finished with three draw controls, while Clare Lyne had a goal and an assist. Zoe Ferguson made four saves in net for the Bantams.