Big first half not enough for women's lacrosse in tough 6-5 loss

SPARKS, Md. -- The 19th-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team played a tremendous opening half, but 10th-ranked Salisbury University was just as good in the second half to take a 6-5 victory over the Mules in non-conference play Tuesday at Tierney Field.

The Mules drop to 2-3 overall heading into Saturday's noon game at Connecticut College. Salisbury improved to 6-2 overall.

Colby held a 5-1 lead at halftime after holding the Gulls to just four shots in the first half. Salisbury had a 13-5 shot advantage in the second half.  The Mules had just four turnovers in the opening 30 minutes, but had 11 in second half.  After Colby won all seven draw controls in the first half, the teams tied 3-3 in the second half. 

The Mules and Gulls battled to a scoreless tie for the opening 15:20 of the first half. Cassie Rodgers scored unassisted with 14:40 to play and the Mules scored 26 seconds later on Kendall Smith's goal from Lexie Perticone.

With the draw control advantage, the Mules had the ball for much of the first half. Perticone scored from Madeleine Hatch with 6:16 remaining to intermission for a 3-0 lead.

The Gulls had their lone goal of the first half from Lindsey Wagner with 4:04 to play. The Mules, though, made 5-1 at the break on goals by Emilie Klein (pictured) and Perticone, who had an assist on the Klein score.

Perticone has eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in Colby's opening five games. Smith scored her 11th of the season. Hatch and Klein both had three draw controls.

Salisbury took over the game from the opening moments of the first half and forced 12 of Colby's 15 turnovers in the game. 

Alissa Talbert had one goal and two assists, while Dana King had two goals. After scoring one goal in more than 36 minutes of play, Salisbury scored five goals from 23:33 to 4:38.

Gianna Falcone stopped nine shots for the Gulls. Sam Burch started for Colby and made two saves in 45:13. Izzy Scribano went the rest of the way for the Mules and made two stops. 

Klein also finished with three caused turnovers, while Hatch had three ground balls.