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April 21, 2013

Eagles Miss Playoff Berth with Loss to Beavers

FARMINGTON, Maine – Three goals each by Ayla Allen and Molly Carbin led the University of Maine at Farmington women's lacrosse team to a victory over visiting Green Mountain College, 11-7, Sunday afternoon at Prescott Field.

UMaine-Farmington improved to 5-7 overall with the win, 3-3 in the North Atlantic Conference, and secured a home first round game for the 2013 NAC Tournament. 

Green Mountain dropped to 2-10 and 0-6 in the NAC with the loss.

Green Mountain held the lead for much of the first half buoyed by goals from Corinne Colpitts (Groveland, Mass.) and Johanna Douglas (Essex, Conn.).  However, UMaine-Farmington was able to overtake the Eagles on Chelsea Morley's free position goal with 7:54 remaining in the opening half.

Mara Balboni and Allen each tacked on goals before the half ended, giving the Beavers a 5-2 lead at the intermission.

Douglas scored again for Green Mountain just 14 seconds into the second half, briefly cutting the margin to two goals. Carbin and Allen both answered for Farmington within the ensuing 90-second span to extend the UMF lead to 7-3.

A series of late goals, including two by Douglas and one by Colpitts brought Green Mountain back to within two of the Beavers, 9-7, with 8:05 remaining in the game. Farmington successfully regrouped defensively and held the Eagles to just one shot the rest of the way, while Carbin and Maddi Kadnar each scored in the final two minutes to secure the Farmington win.

UMF goalie Hannah Goodenow charted seven saves on the day, while Green Mountain's Virginia Anderson (Silver Spring, Md.) logged six stops. The two teams each finished with 25 shots, while Green Mountain picked up 34 groundballs to UMaine-Farmington's 26.

For Green Mountain, Sunday's game marked the last game of the regular season with the team narrowly missing a playoff opportunity.  The Eagles did receive some stellar play this season however.  Douglas claimed stake to being tied for the top goal scorer in the NAC and finished just three points shy of the lead in overall points.  GMC's backstop, Anderson led the conference in saves and ranked fourth in save percentage while Colpitts recorded a career-best 24 goals and ranked 11th in the conference in scoring.

On the national scene, Douglas' incredible work in the draw circle has her leading all Division III players in draw controls per game.  The junior also ranks 18th overall in groundballs per game.  Anderson, meanwhile, ranks 32nd overall nationally in saves per game for her outstanding work in the cage.

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