Backed by six straight goals late in the second half, the nationally ranked No. 8 Colby College Mules topped the Hamilton College Continentals 14-10 on Saturday afternoon at Colby's Bill Alfond Field in Waterville, Maine.
Tessa Ryan '21 paced Hamilton (0-2, 0-2 NESCAC) with three goals and one assist. Skyler Simson '20 chipped in two goals and an assist, Lauren Hamilton '22 scored twice, and Charlotte Wynn '20 added one goal and one assist. Wynn anchored the Continentals defense with five ground balls and two caused turnovers, Kara Pooley '19 caused three turnovers, and Hamilton contributed three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Wynn and Pooley won five draw controls apiece. Goaltender Hannah Burrall '19 racked up seven saves, four ground balls and a caused turnover.
Colby (3-0, 2-0) jumped out to a five-goal lead and held the visitors scoreless for the first 20 minutes. The Continentals grabbed control late in the first half by hammering home four unanswered goals to cut their deficit to one.
Wynn fed a cutting Simson who carried right and shot left to beat Colby goaltender Izzy Scribano (19 saves) with 10:41 left. Just under four minutes later, Ryan converted a free-position shot for her first goal of the day.
Wynn kept the momentum going with 4:31 remaining. She was attempting to find an open teammate but instead carried the ball to the right side of the net along the 8-meter arc and beat Scribano down low. Ryan converted another free-position shot at 3:50 to make the score 5-4.
With 1:02 left in the half, the Mules responded as Robyn Pirie (three goals) received a pass from Taylor Moore (three goals) behind the net and pushed the Colby lead back to two. Ryan pulled the Continentals within one again on another free-position goal with 42 seconds left. Burrall stopped a Colby shot with one second left and the Mules went into the intermission clinging to a one-goal lead.
The teams continued to swap goals at the start of the second half as Moore pushed the score to 7-5 with 26:38 left. Hamilton tallied her first of the day 1:38 later after she received a pass from Ryan in front of the net and slipped a shot behind her back and into the nylon.
Colby restored its two-goal lead 75 seconds later, but Hamilton countered with three straight goals in a span of six-plus minutes. Eva Abel '22 fed Simson and she found Hamilton open in front of the net for her second goal of the day. Pooley tied the score at 8-8 with 17:51 left and the Continentals wasted little time claiming their first and only lead as Julia Rowland '21 shoveled home her second goal this season 1:38 later.
Colby responded with six unanswered goals, the last of which gave the Mules a 14-9 advantage with 3:47 to go. Simson closed out the scoring with a free-position goal at 3:27.
The Continentals return home on Saturday, March 16 for a NESCAC game against Bowdoin College at noon.
-- Recap by Julia Booth '19