Women's Lacrosse Drops 2OT Thriller To Colby

March 27, 2009

Fourth-ranked Middlebury suffered its second straight loss as the Panthers dropped a 10-9 double overtime game to Colby at Yale on Friday. The eighth-ranked Mules, who just had a win over nationally top-ranked Salisbury University on Tuesday, got a goal from Kathleen Kramer in sudden-death overtime to give the Mules (6-1, 3-1 NESCAC) the victory. Middlebury falls to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

The last three meetings between the two teams have been spectacular. Middlebury won the NESCAC title with a hard-fought win over the Mules two years ago in the title game. The Mules then ended Middlebury's 88-game home win streak last year in a NESCAC semifinal game.

Kramer scored at the 70:53 mark of the game off a pass from Kate Sheridan. The two teams had each scored a goal in the mandatory six-minute overtime session where play must be completed. Kramer scored on a free position shot 1:50 into the session, but Middlebury tied the game at 9-9 when Elizabeth Garry scored with an assist from Caroline Kirkendoll at 65:12 of the game.

Colby sent the game into overtime with two goals in the final 7:45 of regulation. Kramer, who had the biggest game of her collegiate career, scored the second of her four goals off a pass from Sheridan with 7:45 to play to make it an 8-7 Middlebury lead. Sheridan had the assist again when Alison Iannotti tallied with just 2:37 to play in regulation.

Sheridan finished with two goals and four assists, while Lauren Barrett scored on two free position shots for the Mules. Heather Nickerson also tallied for the winners.

Garry had three goals to lead Middlebury, while Sally Ryan had one goal and two assists. Dana Heritage finished with two goals, Kirkendoll had one goal and one assist, while Lucy Jackson and Lindsay Winstead had one goal apiece.

Sarah Warnke made 17 saves in net for Colby, while Blair Bowie made 15 stops for the Panthers.