NEW LONDON, N.H. - The Colby-Sawyer women's lacrosse team received the game-winning goal from senior Carly Baker (Beverly, Mass.) with 1:52 to play to lift the Chargers past Husson University, 8-7 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action, on a snowy Saturday afternoon.
The Chargers improve to 3-2 overall and 3-0 in the NAC. Colby-Sawyer will begin a stretch of six games in eight days on Wednesday at home against Castleton at 4:00 p.m. Five of the six games in that span are at home. Husson drops to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The Eagles continue NAC play on Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. home contest against UMaine-Farmington.
Colby-Sawyer held a 6-1 lead at the half and received goals from five different players. Husson rallied once the second half began by scoring four straight goals, two each from junior Alissa Fallon (Kennebunk, Maine) and senior Abi Staab (Berlin, Vt.), to cut the deficit to 6-5.
The Chargers answered with a goal from senior Alyssia Janak (Bourne, Mass.) on a feed from senior Nichole Danehy (Billerica, Mass.) to take a two goal advantage 7-5 with 9:32 left to play.
Each team played for possession over the next few minutes before the Eagles struck for an unassisted goal from Michaela Bicknell (West Addison, Vt.) at 4:00. Husson evened the game at 7-7 two minutes later. Junior Anna Wolterbeek (Wells, Maine) received a nice set up from Alissa Fallon and finished for the game-tying tally.
Colby-Sawyer wasted little time and scored the go ahead and eventual game-winning goal 14 seconds later. Carly Baker put home her third goal of the game on Nichole Danehy's second assist.
Baker led all players with three goals, while Janak and Danehy added a goal and two assists apiece. Colby-Sawyer sophomore goalie Meghan Castellano (Wallingford, Conn.) made five saves in the win.
Fallon and Staab each had a pair of goals to lead Husson. Junior Rashell Saucier (Washburn, Maine) collected an impressive 11 ground balls to lead all players.