April 29, 2014

Thomas Advances to NAC Championship

WATERVILLE, ME – #2 Thomas College was able to defeat the sixth seed Colby-Sawyer, 14-6 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's lacrosse semifinals at Smith Field on Tuesday afternoon.

With the victory, the Thomas women's lacrosse team advances to the NAC Championship for the second consecutive season and the third time in four years. The Terriers will play at top-seeded Castleton State College this weekend, in a rematch of last year's championship tilt. The Spartans defeated #5 Husson, 18-2, in the other NAC semifinal matchup today.

Thomas' Jillian Lambert started off the scoring at 28:46 on an unassisted tally, but Colby-Sawyer responded with back to back goals from Alyssia Janek and Michelle Upham to give the away side an early advantage. The Terriers took the lead back with three goals, including two from Jennifer Day, while the Chargers cut the deficit to one at 11:36 by Sara Berry.

The hosts proceeded on a 6-0 run to end the half with a 10-3 advantage. 

Both teams traded goals on two separate occasions at the beginning of the second half, while Thomas held possession in the offensive zone for a bulk of the closing stages of the game, and netting two more for an even larger cushion. Colby-Sawyer did add another, as Berry added an unassisted marker with two minutes remaining.

Allie McCarthy was strong between the pipes for the Red and Black in the winning effort, making a career-high 13 saves. Her counterpart Kellie Lander recorded eight stops in the loss.

Overall, Thomas held a 13-9 edge in draw controls and a 27-25 advantage in shots, while the Chargers had 48 groundballs to the Terriers 38.