April 5, 2010

The Panther women's lacrosse team dropped a non-league road game on Thursday, falling at 11th ranked Babson by a score of 15-13.

Babson scored the first two goals of the game to take the 2-0 lead when the Panthers answered back with two goals of their own to tie it, 2-2 with 22:15 remaining in the period. The Beavers then went on a 6-0 run over the next 10 minutes to take a strong 8-2 lead with 11:52 left in the half. Collins and junior Ellen McCurdy each scored two goals during the stretch. The half ended with Babson up, 11-6.

            The Beavers looked to continue their momentum into the second half when Anna Collins scored an unassisted goal to start the period and give Babson the six goal advantage, 12-6. The Panthers then went on to score six of the next seven goals including four from the team' s leading scorer,  senior Dana Heritage (Cheshire, Conn.).  The run brought Middlebury to within one, 13-12 with 11:37 left in the game.

            Babson senior Kaitlyn Pettengill scored an unassisted goal at 9:05 to bring the lead back to two, 14-12, but Middlebury first-year Michaela Colbert (Topsfield, Mass.) cut the margin back to one with an unassisted goal just a minute later. Babson held the ball for the next six minutes and then scored an insurance goal when sophomore Trisha Babson found junior Alyssa Hood in front of the goal for a one-time into the back of the net to put the Beavers up 15-13 with 1:52 remaining in the contest. Middlebury was unable to gain possession as the Beavers took the 15-13 win.

Along with Collin's five goals, Ellen McCurdy, Trisha Babson, Hood, Pettengill and first-year Jamie Spang each added two goals apiece in the victory. Trisha Babson also chipped in a game high three assists. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Macary was brilliant in net making six saves in the win playing all 60 minutes after missing the last two games due to injury.

Middlebury was led by Heritage who finished with four goals and one assist. She was followed by Colbert and sophomore Stephanie Gill (Hingham, Mass.), who each tallied three goals. Junior midfielder Taylor Brown (Englewood, Colo.) finished with a game high five draw controls. Sophomore Lily Nguyen (Oakland, Calif.) went the distance in net making five saves for Middlebury.

            Middlebury came from four goals down to tie the game and force overtime, but Colby outscored the Panthers 2-1 in the extra session to emerge with an 11-10 win. The Mules have now won four of the last five meetings between the schools, with Middlebury earning a win in last year's NCAA Regional. Colby entered the game ranked seventh nationally, improving to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in NESCAC play. The eighth-ranked Panthers drop to 4-3 and 2-2 in league play.

            Trailing 1-0, Colby scored four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead with 7:25 left in the first half. Amy Campbell scored two of her game-high five goals during the run. Junior Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.) closed the first half scoring, converting a quick-stick goal with a feed from sophomore Elizabeth Garry (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) to make it a 4-2 game at the intermission.

            The Mules opened the second half with three of the first four goals to take a 7-3 advantage with 24:16 remaining. The Panthers answered with a four-goal run to tie the game at 7-7 at the 21:52 mark. Junior Sally Ryan (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) scored twice to spark the run, including a blast from the outside at 23:30. Delano scored with a bouncer on a free position, before Colbert knotted the game with a free position tally of her own. Colby regained the lead on a score from Campbell at 19:40, with neither team finding the back of the net for the next 16 minutes.

            Colby gained a bit of breathing room at 3:29, when Kathleen Kramer gave them a 9-7 lead after a lengthy possession. Delano converted a free position goal for the Panthers with 1:37, bringing Middlebury within at goal at 9-8. Colbert won the draw control and scored 18 seconds later as the Panthers tied the game at 9-9 with just 1:19 left to play in regulation. Colby had the ball in the finals seconds of the game, but could not score, as the contest headed into overtime.

            In the first 3:00 overtime period, a shot from Heritage was saved, before Campbell scored driving through the Middlebury zone with a bouncing shot at the :42 mark. Middlebury tied the game during the second session, with a low sidearm shot from rookie Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.). Campbell tallied the game-winner for Colby, driving to the goal and scoring with a bounce shot with just 24 seconds remaining.

            Campbell's five goals paced Colby, while Kramer netted a pair. Sarah Warnke made 14 saves in goal, picking up seven ground balls. Delano and Ryan scored three apiece for Middlebury, while Colbert and Souther each scored twice. Rookie Heather Marrison (Brewster, Mass.) had four ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Nguyen made nine saves in goal.

• Women's lacrosse record: 4-3

• Up next: 4/10 @ Bowdoin