Late Goal Lifts Colby Over Amherst, 3-2
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – Jess Barkley ’17 scored with 1:18 remaining in the third period to lift seventh-seeded Colby to an upset win over second-seeded Amherst, 3-2 in NESCAC Quarterfinal action at Orr Rink.
With the win, the Mules (10-13-2) advance to the semifinals and will play No. 4 Bowdoin Saturday, Mar. 8 at 4 p.m. It was Colby’s first win over the Jeffs (13-7-5) since the 2009-10 season as they were swept during the regular season series. Saturday's matchup was the third NESCAC Quarterfinal meeting between Amherst and Colby. The Jeffs won the previous two games, defeating the Mules 5-0 in 2011 and 10-1 in 2010.
Amherst held a decisive 45-to-10 advantage in shots but Brianne Wheeler ’14 was terrific between the post, stopping 43 attempts her way.
After a scoreless first period, Megan Fortier ’16 put Colby on the board within 3:04 to play. She was assisted by Annie Papadellis ’14 as the Mules took a 1-0 lead.
The duo connected again roughly four minutes later as Fortier increased the Mules lead to two following another assist from Papadellis. Colby’s leading scorer notched her 11th and 12th goals of the year to lead the team with 27 points. The two assists from Papadellis increased her total to seven.
Amherst was quick to answer following the Mules’ second score. At 8:21, Erin Martin ’16 found the back of the net for her 10th of the year and was assisted by senior co-captain Courtney Baranek. Both teams were held scoreless the remainder of the period as they entered the third frame with a 2-1 Colby advantage.
After a 22-shot performance from the Jeffs in the second, Amherst eventually evened the score in the final period when its leading scorer Tori Salmon ’15 put one past Wheeler at the 12:12 mark. It was Salmon’s 16th on the year as she was assisted by co-captain Hayley Opperman ’14.
Following 6:30 of scoreless play and with the clock running down, Barkley tacked on the game-winner at 18:42 off assists from Delaney Flynn ’17 and Samantha Slotnick ’14.