BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Sasha Fritts scored five goals and McGara DeWan had six of Colby College's 21 draw controls in the Mules' stunning 18-9 win over eighth-ranked Bowdoin College in NESCAC women's lacrosse on Wednesday night at Ryan Field.
"We played with confidence tonight! Every player on this team believed in themselves and each other," Colby head coach Karen Henning said. "Draw controls were huge and McGara battled hard for each possession. Our offense was balanced and we controlled each possession. I'm really proud of the effort tonight."
The final score was not indicative of how close the first half was, with Bowdoin taking 3-0 and 5-3 leads.
Hannah Hirschfeld led the Polar Bears with three goals and one assist. Kara Finnerty added two goals and one assist, while Mettler Growney scored twice.
After Rodgers and Growney split goals for the teams for a 5-3 lead, the Mules exploded for six goals in a span of 8:41 late in the first half and early in the second. Smith scored two straight goals to tie the game at 5-5, Klein put Colby ahead for good with 3:30 left to halftime, and Petricone scored the final goal of the half for a 7-5 margin.
The teams were tied 2-2 over the next three minutes. Perticone scored again and Fritts tallied off a free-position shot for the Mules' goals.
Bowdoin's Natalie Rudin scored off a free-position shot with 14:40 left, but Banks added a free-position shot four minutes later for a 17-8 margin. Klein scored her third goal of the game with 9:10 remaining before the Polar Bears scored a late goal.
Izzy Scribano made five saves for the Mules. Two Bowdoin goalies combined for 10 stops.