NCAA First Round: Colby 19, Lasell 3

NCAA First Round: Colby 19, Lasell 3

Courtesy of Colby College Sports Information

WATERVILLE, Maine - The Colby College women's lacrosse team made it six wins in six games in opening round contests after a 19-3 victory over Lasell College in the NCAA Division III Tournament on Wednesday night at Bill Alfond Field.

Colby will head back to Trinity College for the second weekend in a row and will play 10th-ranked College of New Jersey in a second round game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.  Lasell ends its season at 15-4 after making the national tournament for the first time.

The Mules, who led 12-1 at halftime over the Lasers, have a combined scoring margin of 113-25 in their six first-round NCAA wins.

Alex Mintz finished with two goals and six assists for Colby, which had a 43-8 shot advantage and an 18-6 margin in draw controls. Colby All-Americans Kate Pistel and Lindsey McKenna both had three goals, while Dana Swaffield and Katie Griffin each had two goals and one assist. Hilary Barr added one goal and two assists.

Ashley Slattery led Lasell with two goals, while Britney Wuorio added one goal to finish with 84 for the season.

Colby came out strong and led 6-0 after 9:55 of play, winning draw controls to keep possession during that time. Tess Petesch, who had one goal and one assist, scored first just 45 seconds into play from Barr. McKenna and Griffin scored the next two goals for the Mules, both on assists from Mintz. Griffin scored both of her goals in a span of 46 seconds, with the second going unassisted with 26:03 to play for a 4-0 margin. Abby Hooper and Pistel both had unassisted goals for the 6-0 margin.

McKenna scored her second of the game from Mintz with 17:04 to play and then Mintz scored two straight goals. The first came off a pass from Swaffield with 13:50 to go and Mintz converted on a free-position shot with 12:59 remaining. Swaffield tallied from Hooper for a 10-0 margin with 11:35 to play and Pistel followed with a goal on a free-position shot with 10:05 to play for an 11-0 margin.

Slattery gave Lasell its first goal with 10:05 left to intermission, but Barr tallied from Griffin with 5:35 remaining for the final goal of the half.

The teams traded goals to start the second half. Grace McVey tallied for Colby from Lucy Gerrity, while the Lasers made it 13-2 on Slattery's second score. Swaffield scored her second goal off a pass from Pistel with 20:13 left and then Mintz assisted on the next three Colby goals. Pistel scored with 18:14 to play, McKenna made it 16-2 with 15:48 left, and Catharine Kahl scored with 7:48 to play.

Colby defenders Lisa Hoopes and Meg Mooney received a chance to play on offense and both converted. Hoopes scored from Petesch with 4:42 left. After a Lasell goal by Wuorio with 2:44 remaining, Mooney tallied with just five seconds left from Barr. All-American Kirsten Karis had four draw controls to lead the Mules. McKenna, Swaffield, and Barr all had three draw controls. Mooney and Griffin each had two ground balls and one caused turnover.

Slattery had two caused turnovers, three ground balls, and one draw control for Lasell. Rebecca Stanton tied Karis for a game-high with four draw controls. Colby's Michelle Burt had three saves in 22:40 of action, Claire Dickson stopped one shot in 20:03, and Sarah Evans made one save in 17:17. Sammy Long stopped seven shots for Lasell.