March 25, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

STUNNER:  No. 8 Colby College made top-ranked Salisbury University’s ascent to No. 1 in the nation this week likely a short visit after the Mules handed the Sea Gulls their first loss of the season in a 15-14 defeat on March 24.

The Mules ended Salisbury’s 32-game home winning streak, its 45-game home regular season winning streak and a 31-game regular season winning streak.   Becky Julian, also a Colby women’s hockey player, netted the game-winning goal with 12 seconds remaining in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. 

Senior All-American Kate Sheridan posted two goals and two assists with three of four points coming in the second half as the Mules rallied from an 8-5 deficit.  Sheridan, the reigning New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week, became the program’s all-time point leader last week.

“I’m just so happy for our players because they put it all out there today,” Colby head coach Karen Henning said. “I’m especially happy for the seniors who really came to play. There were a lot of little battles going on out there today and we won most of them.”

Colby improved to 4-1 on the season with the upset and now looks to hand No. 5 Middlebury its first loss of the season. 
LUCKY DUCKS: Stevens broke into the latest IWLCA Division III poll at No. 15 this week after improving to 6-0 with two wins, including a victory over then-No. 15 Amherst last week.

Sophomore midfielder Christine Smith combined for seven goals, two assists, six ground balls, 14 draw controls and four caused turnovers, including a school single-game record nine draws versus Amherst.  She then followed it up with five goals in the Ducks’ first victory against Drew in four years, earning Empire 8 Player of the Week honors.

Senior Grace Sack also received a weekly award from the league as Goalkeeper of the Week for totaling 28 saves in the two wins. 

DIPLOMATIC VICTORY: Third-ranked Franklin & Marshall remained unbeaten on the season following a back-and-forth battle in an 11-10 victory over No. 9 Union College on March 23 as Lidia Sanza stopped 11 shots to hold on for the win.

Sanza’s save of a shot from point blank range with 2:06 remaining in the contest sparked the Diplomats to secure their fourth win over a nationally-ranked opponent. 

Blake Hargest notched her 100th career goal during the game with three tallies along with two assists, while Ashley Bevington added a goal for her 100th career point.

NOTABLE:  No. 13 Catholic University won its sixth straight game with a 19-16 victory over No. 20 Dickinson on March 24, sparked by freshman Mary Swarthout’s six goals on 6-for-6 shooting.  The rookie ranks seventh in the Landmark Conference with 3.38 points per game … Second-ranked Hamilton College stretched its home winning streak to 24 games with a 12-11 win over SUNY Cortland in non-conference action on March 24.  Sarah Bray notched both the game-tying and game-winning goals – both unassisted – to lift the Continentals to victory.  Bray registered three goals and two assists in the contest.  The defending NCAA champion opens Liberty League play against Vassar College on March 27 … After starting the season with a 9-8 loss to Colby, Williams College won its fourth straight game as it knocked off previously unbeaten and seventh-ranked Tufts University, 15-13, on March 21.  First-year Margie Fulton came off the bench to record five goals and an assist as the Ephs handed the Jumbos their first loss of the season.