NEW LONDON, Conn.--Sixth ranked Colby College used a 6-0 to pull away from Connecticut College in an 11-8 victory Saturday.
The Mules improve their record to 6-0 and are a perfect 4-0 in NESCAC play. The Camels slip to 2-6 with a 0-6 record in conference action.
Senior Tess Petesch (Rockville, Md.) scored two goals and had one assist for the winning side. Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) and Sara Miller (Andover, Mass.) both scored twice for the Mules. Lindsay McCabe finished with four draw controls.
Junior net-minder Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) made 12 saves in the win.
Connecticut College senior Bri Miller (Sudbury, Mass.) scored three goals in the loss for the hosts. Lowell Abbott (Manchester, Mass.) finished with two goals. Caroline Moore (Ridgewood, N.J.) registered three draw controls.
Junior Caitlin Cataldo (Orange, Conn.) stopped six shots in the setback for the Camels.
Colby took control of the game early, scoring three consecutive goals to build a 4-1 advantage. Pistel sparked the rally with a free position goal with 24:43 remaining. With 19:52 to go, Petesch executed with a wraparound move to make it a 3-1 game. Alex Mintz (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) made it a 4-1 game with her goal at the 13:12 mark.
But the Camels bounced back. Bri Miller netted a runner from the right side of the cage with 12:24 remaining to make it a 4-2 score. Then, with 11:33 to play, Taylor Thomas (Needham, Mass.) split a pair of Colby defenders and finished with authority to make it a 4-3 game. Cecily Cushman (Marblehead, Mass.) supplied the equalizer with a free position goal at the 8:14 mark and the game was knotted up at four.
Colby responded though and the visitors ended the half with three consecutive goals to take a 7-4 lead. In the second stanza, Petesch scored 1:12 out of the bread with a wraparound move. Sara Miller scored the next two goals, capping the 6-0 run with 17:38 to go to put Colby in control with a 10-4 lead.
Connecticut College used two goals from Abbott and Miller's third goal of the contest with 10:32 left to cut the lead to 11-7. With 4:04 remaining, Haley Dumke (Scarsdale, N.Y.) added another score.
But the hosts could not get any closer and the Mules were able to hold on for the 11-8 win.
Colby held a slim 11-to-10 advantage in draw controls while the Camels enjoyed a 14-9 edge in ground balls.