Women's lacrosse scores 18 goals in big NESCAC win over Bowdoin

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.

The 16th-ranked Mules won their sixth straight game and improved to 8-3 overall and 5-2 in league play. Colby will play at Williams College on Saturday at noon. The Polar Bears, winners of six of the last seven games before Wednesday, dropped to 9-3 and 5-3 in the conference.

"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."

While the Mules have played well, the score was surprising if you consider the great rivalry the two teams have had over the years. Colby and Bowdoin played five straight one-goal games between 2011 and 2015. The Mules, though, took an 11-5 home win last year and have a 29-14 scoring advantage in the past two seasons.

The final score was not indicative of how close the first half was, with Bowdoin taking 3-0 and 5-3 leads. 

Emilie Klein (pictured above) finished with three goals, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers for the Mules. Lexie Perticone, Colby's leading scorer this year with 19 goals and 19 assists, also had three goals on just four shots. Kendall Smith and Emma Banks each had two goals, while Maddie Hatch had one goal, one assist, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Kelsey Bowen and Cassie Rodgers also tallied.

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.

The Mules appeared to be in trouble after Bowdoin scored the first three goals of the game in just 5:24. DeWan (pictured right), who also had an assist, came up big for the Mules by winning two straight draw controls that led to goals by Fritts. Bowdoin did take 4-2 and 5-3 leads, but Colby was back in the game.

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.

Klein scored just 1:03 into the second half and Fritts tallied again with 27:12 to play for a 9-5 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.

With the lead at 11-7, Colby went on a 5-0 scoring run over the next 5:38 to put the game away. Fritts, Bowen, Perticone, Banks, and Hatch had the 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.

Georgia Lubrano, who played against her sister in the game, had three ground balls on defense. Kelsey Otley had one caused turnover, one draw control, and one ground ball.

Izzy Scribano made five saves for the Mules. Two Bowdoin goalies combined for 10 stops.