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Women's lacrosse scores final two goals, beats No. 4 Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The 21st-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team came up big when it counted in the final three minutes of the game to pull out a thrilling 14-12 win over fourth-ranked Middlebury College on Saturday at Kohn Field.

The Mules (6-4 overall, 2-4 NESCAC) have played well at Kohn Field. Colby beat Middlebury in a NESCAC semifinal game and then won the league title a year ago against Trinity on the same field.
"I’m so proud of the team. We played together from start to finish," Colby head coach Karen Henning said. "We never gave up and never stopped believing. From attack to defense we were working as one."
By the numbers
* Kendall Smith had a game-high five goals to lead the Mules, while Sasha Fritts had two goals and one assist. Smith has 23 goals and six assists for 29 points. Fritts leads the Mules with 29 goals and two assists for 31 points.
* Grace Crowell and Grace Langmuir both had one goal and one assist, while Maddie Hatch and Emma Banks each had two goals. Kelsey Bowen had the other score for Colby.
* Hollis Perticone, the younger sister of Colby graduate Lexie Perticone '17, had three goals and one assist for Middlebury (9-2, 5-1 NESCAC).
* Crowell also chipped in with four ground balls, two caused turnovers, and one draw control. McGara DeWan was a major factor with five draw controls and Langmuir added three. Kayla Luparello had two ground balls and one caused turnover.
* Colby goaltender Izzy Scribano had one of her best games of the season with 11 saves and three ground balls.
Game highlights
* The Mules could not have forecast a better start to the game. Colby scored four unanswered goals in the opening 14:44 of the contest.
* Colby led the rest of the first half and took a 6-5 lead into intermission.
* The Panthers tied the game at 6-6 just 50 seconds into the second half. However, the Mules scored five straight goals over a span of about eight minutes to take an 11-6 margin.
* Middlebury scored the next two goals to cut the margin to three, but Hatch tallied with 12:47 remaining to make it 12-8.
* Perticone scored two straight goals and Middlebury had two more on free-position shots to tie the game at 12-12 with 3:44 to play.
* Colby settled down and Crowell scored the game-winning goal on a free-position shot with 2:16 remaining. Langmuir tallied unassisted with 1:20 left for the final goal of the game.