WATERVILLE, Maine - Lindsey McKenna with 35 seconds to play as the Colby College women's lacrosse team took an 11-10 win over Bowdoin College in NESCAC play Wednesday night at Bill Alfond Field.
In an important game in the league standings, Colby moves to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in conference play. The Polar Bears drop to 5-5 overall and 3-5 in league play.
With Colby leading 10-9, Bowdoin's Betsy Sachs scored her fourth goal of the game with 3:13 to play to tie the contest. The Polar Bears won the draw control, but Katharine Eddy made the defensive play of the game for Colby when she caused a turnover moments later. McKenna scooped up the ground ball and the Mules passed around the ball until Colby called timeout with one minute to play.
The Mules got the chance they were looking for just 25 seconds later. Alex Mintz came from behind the goal and found McKenna about five yards off the left post. She one-timed the pass for the winning goal. The Mules then won the draw control and ran out the rest of the clock.
Colby spent a good deal of the game behind, trailing as much as 7-4 with 3:11 to play in the first half. The Mules, though, received goals from Emilie Klein and Alex Mintz in the final 1:23 of the half to cut the margin to 7-6 at intermission.
Colby went ahead in the first six minutes of the second half on two straight goals by Lindsay McCabe. The first on a run to the goal 54 seconds into the half and the second on a free-position shot with 24:04 to play for an 8-7 Colby lead.
The Polar Bears bounced back with two goals in 23 seconds. Sachs scored unassisted with 22:35 to play to tie the game and the Polar Bears won the face-off and ended up getting a free-position goal from Megan O'Connor with 22:12 remaining for a 9-8 lead.
McKenna (17:21 left) and Sarah Lux (12:07) had free-position goals for the Mules for a 10-9 lead before Sachs tied the game at 10-10.
McKenna finished with five of Colby's 11 goals. Mintz added one goal and the assist on the winning goal. Sara Miller and Emilie Klein also tallied for Colby.
While Sachs had the big scoring night for Bowdoin, Lindsay Picard and Jordan Smith each had two goals. Molly Popolizio had a game-high three assists, added three ground balls, two draw controls, and one caused turnover. Emma Beecher also scored for Bowdoin.
Colby goalie Michelle Burt finished with three caused turnovers, five ground balls, and four saves. Bowdoin keeper Isabel Sippel had seven saves and two ground balls.
Abby Hatch had five draw controls on a night when Colby had a 14-9 advantage. McKenna had three draw controls, while Emma Marjollet and Eddy both had two. Sachs led Bowdoin with three draw controls.