WATERVILLE, Maine — Colby College goalie Izzy Scribano and the Mules’ defense kept Wesleyan University off the scoreboard for a stretch of 22 minutes, 31 seconds in opening up an 11-4 lead on the way to a 12-6 win in NESCAC women’s lacrosse Sunday at Bill Alfond Field.
The 20th-ranked Mules (5-3 overall, 3-2 NESCAC) received nine saves from Scribano and Colby caused 13 turnovers on the day.
Sasha Fritts had her best game of the season with three goals, two assists, two ground balls, one draw control, and one caused turnover.
Lexie Perticone added two goals and two assists to move her team-best season totals to 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points. She leads the NESCAC in assists and is second in total points.
Colby’s Maddie Hatch had a huge all-around game with two goals, one assist, a team-best four ground balls, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Kendall Smith had two goals to reach 20 for the season, while Gemma Bready, Chrissy Coveney, and Emilie Klein all had one goal.
Abigail Horst finished with two goals to lead Wesleyan (6-3, 2-2 NESCAC). Liana Mathias, Emma Richards, Rachel Aronow, and Meredith Smith also tallied.
The Mules went on a 5-2 scoring run to end the first half to take a 7-4 lead into the break. Colby took control by scoring the opening four goals of the second half for a comfortable 11-4 margin.
Colby kept the Cardinals from scoring for the final 3:17 of the first half and the opening 19:14 of the second half.
Fritts scored from Perticone just 1:02 into the second half to get Colby started. Hatch scored from Fritts with 19:08 remaining, Bready added her goal off a pass from Hatch with 15:06 to play, and Smith scored from Perticone for the 11-4 margin.
Mathias scored on a free position shot with 10:46 remaining to give the Cardinals a spark. However, Klein got her goal on a free-position shot less than two minutes later.
The teams traded goals to start the contest with ties at 1-1 and 2-2. Fritts scored unassisted, Smith got her first goal off a pass from Cassie Rodgers, and Fritts tallied again on a free-position shot to take a 5-2 lead.
The Mules had a 26-19 shot advantage and scored on three of their four free-position shots. Wesleyan won the draw control battle by an 11-8 margin and was 2-for-7 on free-position shots.
Colby defender Georgia Lubrano had a team-best three caused turnovers and added a ground ball. Melinda Edie added two caused turnovers, two draw controls, and two ground balls. Bready also had two caused turnovers.
Caroline Sgaglione led Wesleyan with three caused turnovers, one draw control, and one ground ball. Leah Giacalone added two draw controls, two ground balls, and one caused turnover. Abigail Horst had a team-best three draw controls, while Abby Manning had two draw controls and one caused turnover.
Grace McCann made nine saves for the Cardinals in 51:05 and Allegra Grant played the final 8:55.