WATERVILLE, Maine -- The sixth-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team could not have asked for a more thrilling final New England Small College Athletic Conference game on Bill Alfond Field after Madeleine Hatch scored 2:55 into overtime for an 8-7 win over Wesleyan University in a league quarterfinal game on Saturday.
With Colby building a new artificial turf surface behind the current athletic center, the Mules were possibly playing on Bill Alfond Field for the final time. The Mules could still host an NCAA Division III Tournament game.
Hatch was fouled on a straight-on shot and awarded a free-position shot. Wesleyan goalie Grace McCann had made some nice stops on low shots at her feet, so Hatch went high and set off a wild celebration.
Meredith Smith led all scorers with four goals for Wesleyan. Abigail Horst, Abby Manning, and Rachel Aronow also had scores. Liana Mathias had one assist.
Colby, though, settled down and scored five of the next six goals to take a 5-4 lead. Hatch scored the Mules' first goal from Perticone just 52 seconds after Wesleyan's third goal. Kendall Smith scored on a free-position with 16:27 to play, but Meredith Smith answered with a free-position goal about four minutes later to put the Cardinals up 4-2.
The Cardinals sent the game to halftime at 5-5 when Aronow tallied with just 26 seconds to play.
Defense and turnovers dominated play over the next 10 minutes until Wesleyan took a 7-6 lead with 7:52 remaining on a goal from Abby Manning off an assist from Mathias.
The game was extremely even, with both teams at 21 shots, 15 turnovers, and 31 fouls. The Mules had slight edges in draw controls (9-8) and ground balls (15-13). Wesleyan was 4-for-7 on free-position shots and the Mules were 2-of-7.
Georgia Lubrano had three caused turnovers to lead Colby's defense. Klein finished with two caused turnovers, four ground balls, and two draw controls. Melinda Edie added four ground balls, three draw controls, and one caused turnover.
Saturday, April 29 at Higher Seeds
Middlebury 8, Amherst 7
Trinity 19, Tufts 10
Hamilton 12, Bowdoin 9
Colby 8, Wesleyan 7, OT
Saturday, May 6 at Middlebury College
Semifinal Games – 12 p.m./2:30 p.m.
No. 4 Colby at No. 1 Middlebury -- 12 p.m.
No. 3 Trinity vs. No. 2 Hamilton -- 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 7 at Semifinal Site
Final – 1 p.m.