Eighth-Ranked Jeffs Steal 12-11 Overtime Thriller at Colby


WATERVILLE, ME – Junior attacker Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, NJ) slipped home a score with just 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime to give the eighth-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team a 12-11 victory at seventh-ranked NESCAC rival Colby College on Saturday afternoon. Briody finished with four goals and an assist at the Jeffs improved to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play, while Colby saw a school-record 11-game win streak fall by the wayside and dropped to 11-2 (6-2 NESCAC).

Briody's goal was the only score of the extra sessions after the Mules rallied from a three-goal deficit in the final 5:33 of regulation. Rookie Amy Craig (Denver, CO) was outstanding as well for the Jeffs, tallying four goals, while junior Dana Kuper (Denver, CO) and sophomore Maddie Hoeg (Shoreham, NY) notched two apiece. Junior Liz Wise (Scarsdale, NY) had an outstanding all-around game, posting an assist, two ground balls, three caused turnovers and four draw controls, and rookie Mary Noonan (W. Roxbury, MA) was also impressive, earning an assist, three ground balls and a pair of draw controls. Sophomore Linda McEvoy (Rochester, NY) got the job done in goal for Amherst, racking up 11 saves.

Colby jumped on top early, scoring the first three goals of the game, but Amherst finally got on track at the 26:05 mark on two straight tallies from Hoeg. Kuper added a free-position score just inside the 14-minute mark and Craig exploded for three straight goals to give Amherst a 6-3 lead with 5:11 left in the frame. Colby ended the run with one of four goals from Laura Barrett on the day, but Briody punched in an unassisted goal with 13.9 seconds on the clock to give the Jeffs a 7-4 advantage at the break.

Amherst notched the only goal in the first 15 minutes of the second half as Briody fed Craig for an 8-4 lead, but the Mules powered back into the game on goals by Becky Julian, Carrie Lovejoy and Kate Sheridan. The Jeffs pulled away again, outscoring Colby 3-1 over the next eight minutes, but the Mules rallied to force the extra periods.

Sheridan, Courtney Drake and Allie Libby each posted two goals for Colby, while Catharine O'Brien was credited with 14 stops in goal.

Amherst returns to action tomorrow (Sunday) at noon at NESCAC foe Bates College.