DRYDEN, N.Y. --- The tenacity of Abby Hatch, the goalie play of Claire Dickson and Michelle Burt, and a first-year player coming up with two big goals has Colby in the NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinal round for the fourth time in five years.
The 11th-ranked Mules (11-6 overall), with two starters out due to injury, held on this time against 10th-ranked Williams College for an 8-6 third round victory at Tompkins Cortland Community College on Saturday. Colby will take on top-ranked and unbeaten Cortland State (21-0) in an NCAA quarterfinal.
Hatch, an All-Region selection this past week, had one goal, one assist, five draw controls, and four ground balls. She also did the brunt of the work at the end of the game when Colby was trying to run out the clock.
Dickson played the second half and had seven of her nine saves in the first 14:20 of play when the Ephs were trying to cut into a 4-2 lead. Burt also played well, stopping four shots and contributing one caused turnover and one ground ball in the opening half.
With leading goal scorer Lindsey McKenna (40 goals) out with a knee injury, Colby head coach Karen MacCrate Henning predicted this week that someone would step up and help the offense.
Meet first-year attacker Lexie Perticone, who stunned Williams with two consecutive goals in a 38-second span of the first half to break a 1-1 tie and give Colby some breathing room at 3-1. Perticone came into the game with one goal.
After making the NCAA quarterfinals for three years in a row, the Mules missed out last year. Cortland will be a huge task for Colby. The Mules are looking to make their first NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse national semifinals .