May 12, 2010

WATERVILLE, Maine - Senior All-American Amy Campbell (North Andover, Mass.) scored six goals and the ninth-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team opened NCAA Division III Tournament play with a 16-5 victory over University of Southern Maine on Wednesday at Bill Alfond Field.

The Mules (14-4 overall) advance to the second round of the tourney and will take on Cortland State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Hamilton College. Cortland took a 19-3 win over Norwich University in another first round game. Southern Maine, the Little East Conference champions, end the season at 11-10 after playing in the program's first-ever NCAA game.

Campbell, who also had an assist, leads the Mules with 48 goals and 16 assists for 64 points. She moved her career totals to 134 goals and 42 assists for 166 points. Campbell also had six goals when the Mules took a 21-4 win over the Huskies during the regular season.

Colby's Katie Briody (Hopewell, N.J.) added a pair of goals, while Claire Donegan (Great Falls, Va.) had one goal and two assists. Casey Thomas (Needham, Mass.) and Caroline Atwater (Catonsville, Md.) both had one goal and one assist. Kathleen Kramer (Norwell, Mass.), Kate Gragnolati (Chevy Chase, Md.), Hilary Barr (Ridgewood, N.J.), and Carly Rapaport (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) also had goals for the Mules.

Jessica Knight (Alfred, Maine) and Mary Vaughan (Brunswick, Maine) both had two goals to lead Southern Maine. Shelby Turcotte (Lewiston, Maine) had the other score for the Huskies. Knight finished the season with 77 goals and 11 assists for 86 points and had career numbers of 209 goals and 39 assists for 248 points.

Lexi Crook (South Burlington, Vt.) scored a goal, had three caused turnovers, two draw controls, and two groundballs to power Colby's defense. Senior All-American Caroline Duke (Englewood, Colo.) also paced the defense with a game-high four caused turnovers, three groundballs, and one draw control. Duke has a team-best 43 caused turnovers this season and 95 for her career.

USM goalie Samantha Kiesel (Lakeville, Mass.) had 15 saves, while Colby's Sarah Warnke (Lakeville, Conn.) and Keryn Meierdiercks (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) combined for four saves.

The Mules scored the first nine goals of the game and took a 12-3 margin into intermission. Vaughan tallied with 24:38 left to make it 12-4, but the Mules scored the next three goals of the game.

Colby is now 3-0 in NCAA tourney first round games, but the Mules are still looking for their first second round victory. The team gets another chance Saturday against Cortland.