MIDDLEBURY — The top-ranked Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team (13-0, 8-0 NESCAC) defeated Gast Colby — their biggest challenger for the NESCAC title — 13-5 on Saturday.
Colby came into play 11-1, 7-0 in the NESCAC game and was the winner of 10 straight games. The Mules were ranked 4th in the NCAA Division III.
The Panthers took a 3-1 lead after the first quarter with two goals from Jane Earley and one from Erin Nicholas, and then outplayed the Mules 4-0 in the second quarter with Susan Rowley, Kelcey Dion, Maggie Coughlin and Earley, with 1 :05 left in half, do the damage
Earley opened the second half with a goal to make it 8-1, and the mules didn’t get closer than five goals the rest of the way.
Earley finished the game with a career-high six goals and one assist. Dion added two assists to her goal, and Coughlin and Nicholas each added assists to theirs.
Erica Barr controlled three draws, Grace Getman conceded two turnovers, and Getman, Kylie Wilson, and Madison Paylor each had three groundballs. Gina Driscoll made eight saves in goal for the Panthers to earn their second win of the season.
Colby goalkeeper Emily Podgorni made nine saves and Annie Eddy had a hat-trick.
The Panthers end the regular season with games in Amherst (8-3, 3-4 NESCAC) on Saturday and Williams (4-6, 2-4) on Wednesday. A win in either game would secure the NESCAC title and top seed for the league playoffs beginning April 30.