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WATERVILLE, Maine - Seizing control with a 4-0 run to start the second half, the fourth-seeded Colby women's lacrosse team upended fifth-seeded Amherst, 11-3, in NESCAC quarterfinal action on Bill Alfond Field.
Picking up its 10th-straight win over the Jeffs dating back to 2007, the Mules improved to 12-3 on the season. Falling to 9-6 overall, Amherst must now hope to receive an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship when the 32-team tournament field is announced on Sunday, May 5.
Lindsay McKenna '14 paced Colby with four goals, while Abby Hatch '15, Katharine Eddy '14 and Tess Petesch '13 each had a pair of scores. Caroline Holliday '14, Hillary Densen '13 and Elizabeth Ludlow '14 accounted for the three Jeff goals.
Taking an early lead, Eddy put Colby on the board with an unassisted goal just 6:54 after the opening draw. Petesch doubled the margin with another score less than two minutes later before Ludlow found Holliday for the visitor's first tally.
Scoring the final goal of the first half, Colby netted four straight to start the second. Petesch got the run started, before Eddy converted a free-position that made it 4-1. Hatch stretched the margin to three before McKenna buried consecutive markers.
Ludlow broke the string of Colby scores with a goal at 22:22, but Hatch and McKenna again found the back of the net to make it 9-2. McKenna recorded her fourth tally of the day inside of the seven minute mark before Alex Mintz '14 pushed the lead to nine. Densen closed out the scoring with a marker with 3:46 left in regulation.
Amherst finished with a slim 23-22 shot advantage, while both teams tracked down 14 ground balls. Holding an 11-5 edge in draw controls, the Purple & White successfully navigated 12 of its 13 clears, while Colby went 4-for-7 on free-position attempts. Michelle Burt '14 made 12 saves for the Mules, while Christy Forrest '16 had eight stops in the loss.