AMHERST, Mass. — The 19th-ranked Colby College women’s lacrosse team won for the fifth straight time after scoring eight unanswered goals to pull out an 8-3 victory over Amherst College in NESCAC play Saturday.
The Mules improve to 7-3 overall, 4-2 in the league, and will play at eighth-ranked Bowdoin College on Wednesday at 7 p.m.Amherst, the first team receiving votes in the national poll, dropped to 4-6 overall and 1-5 in league play.
Colby’s defense of Georgia Lubrano, Jackie Brokaw, Melinda Edie, and Kelsey Otley have played a big role in the team’s winning streak. The opponent has scored just 17 goals in the last four games (4.25 goals per contest). Meanwhile, Izzy Scribano stopped seven shots.
Colby took time to get going offensively and Amherst opened up a 2-0 lead in the opening 8:21 of the contest.
The Mules scored two goals in the final 9:21 of the half to tie the contest. Kendall Smith scored on a free-position shot with 9:21 remaining and Cassie Rodgers tallied unassisted with 7:05 to play.
Free-position shots and Sasha Fritts helped the Mules score six more goals to start the second half. Colby went 4-for-4 on free-position shots and Fritts finished the day with two goals.
Fritts put the Mules ahead for good with an unassisted goal just 3:01 into the second half. Colby then scored three straight goals on free-position shots, starting with Gemma Bready with 25:23 left in the game. Lexie Perticone got a goal with 14:16 to play and Kelsey Bowen put the Mules up 6-2 with 8:14 left in a player down situation.
Emilie Klein tallied with 4:38 to play and Fritts scored from Chrissy Coveney with 2:21 remaining for Colby’s final goal.
Bready’s goal capped off her best game as a collegiate player. She had five caused turnovers and three ground balls. Edie, a first-year, added four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Otley and Scribano each had three caused turnovers and two ground balls. Lubrano added two ground balls and one caused turnover.
The Mules had a 19-9 advantage in caused turnovers and forced Amherst into 28 total turnovers. Colby also had a 25-12 shot advantage, but the Mammoths did have a 9-4 margin in draw controls.