Jeffs Edged by Colby in Overtime of NESCAC Semifinals, 8-7

Lamia Harik '12 made a career-high 15 saves for Amherst.

Courtesy of Trinity College

HARTFORD, CT – Junior midfielder Casey Thomas scored in overtime to give the third-seeded Colby College Mules an 8-7 win over fourth-seeded Amherst College in the semifinal round of the NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship this afternoon at Robin Sheppard Field on the campus of Trinity College.

Colby (13-3) advances to the NESCAC Championship final against seventh-seeded Williams College, while Amherst drops to 11-5 to end the season after the Lord Jeffs were not awarded an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Colby grabbed a 6-3 lead in the first half before Amherst first-year Hillary Denson (Summit, NJ) found the back of the net with 27 seconds remaining in the half. Momentum carried over to the second half for Amherst, as the Lord Jeffs limited Colby to only one goal while scoring three on the offensive end, highlighted by a game-tying goal by senior Hannah Walker (Greenwich, CT) with under three minutes remaining in regulation.

Colby regained control in overtime when Thomas’ goal gave the Mules an 8-7 lead, quelling Amherst’s ambitions of a comeback. Colby was able to keep Amherst from the offensive zone to seal the win and punch a ticket to Sunday's finals. 

Amherst sophomore goalkeeper Lamia Harik (Rye Brook, NY) is credited with the loss in net for the Lord Jeffs despite coming up with a career-high 15 saves in the contest, while Colby junior goalkeeper Sarah Warnke made five stops as Colby out-shot Amherst, 27-16.

First-year Marta Randall (Monkton, MD) scored three goals as the only Lord Jeff with multiple points on the afternoon. Amherst sophomore Claire Bennett (Westfield, NJ) recorded her first collegiate goal with 13:04 remaining in the first half.