MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The third-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team lost Sunday's game to Middlebury College in the same way the Mules beat the Panthers eight days ago in a league semifinal.
Colby led 8-5 with 23:19 left in the game and Middlebury was playing without NESCAC Player of the Year Hollis Perticone, who had to sit after registering two yellow cards in the first half.
Izzy Scribano finished with 10 saves, including some fine stops on free-position shots for Colby. Middlebury goalie Kate Furber stopped six shots in the first half, but had no saves and allowed six goals in the final 30 minutes.
Evie Keating finished with four caused turnovers and five ground balls for the Panthers. Alex White had three draw controls, two caused turnovers, and two ground balls.
Kendall Smith led the Mules with three goals and one assist. Bready had another big game at Middlebury with three goals. Klein had two goals and Perticone dished three assists.
Bready scored on a player-up situation with 7:13 left in the first half to make it a 3-3 game. McDonagh, though, scored on a free-position to give the Panthers a 4-3 lead at intermission. The Panthers did lose Hollis Perticone to her second yellow card with 1:31 left to halftime.
Draw controls became a major part of the game in the next few minutes. The Panthers scored just 15 seconds later when O'Connell tallied from McDonagh to make it 5-5.
The Panthers used a free-position goal from McDonagh, a player-up score from McDonagh from O'Connell, and a score from Emma Johns with 12 minutes to play to tie the game at 8-8.
Turnovers were the story in the final 6:38 after Bready's goal. The Mules had three costly turnovers and the Panthers had none. Colby had no shots after Bready's score.
O'Connell scored unassisted with 3:02 remaining to knot the game at 9-9 after a Mule turnover. After a Scribano save with 1:15 left, the Mules had another costly turnover to give the Panthers another possession. Jenna McNicholas scored with 21.7 seconds remaining on a high shot off a pass from O'Connell. White had another key draw control and the Panthers were able to run out the time.