ANDOVER, N.H.- Thomas held off the last-second surge by Colby-Sawyer Sunday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's lacrosse play to come away with a 10-9 victory.
The Chargers (3-7, 1-1) overcame a four goal deficit to tie the game with :46 seconds remaining, but the Terriers (6-4, 1-1) responded with a quick attack to regain the lead with :24 on the clock. Colby-Sawyer had control through the final :24 and produced a pair of scoring chances, but Thomas' goaltender Brittany Fox (Lovell, Maine) made a game-winning save as time expired.
The match began with with Thomas jumping out to an early lead as Ceara DiBiase (Westbrook, Maine) scored her first of five goals on the day.
The Chargers would respond in the 17th minute as Caitlyn Whearty knotted the game at one apiece on a feed from Sara Berry. Berry would push Colby-Sawyer ahead 2-1 three minutes later as she netted her first of the day on a Alyssia Janak pass.
Thomas would control the remainder of the first half as Ceara DiBiase and Jennifer Day (Gardiner, Maine) would find the net five times. DiBiase scored three goals in the final seven minutes and Day would add two and an assist to give the Terriers a 6-2 lead at the half.
Colby-Sawyer began the second half by controlling the ball in the Thomas zone. Ashley Reis would chip away at the Terrier lead two minutes into the second half as she used a pass from Adrienne Bender to find the back of the goal. Thirty seconds later, Sara Berry would utilize a Janak pass again to find the Thomas goal, her second on the day.
In the 21st minute, Reis cut the deficit to 6-5 as she scored her second goal of the day.
Thomas responded in the 18th minute with a fury of goals. The Terriers produced three goals in :34 to extend their lead back to four, 9-5. Miranda Tinsman (Belgrade, Maine) began the scoring when she took advantage of a free position attempt and netted the Terriers seventh goal of the game. Eleven seconds later, Jillian Lambert utilized another free position attempt to extend the Thomas lead to three, 8-5. The Terrier fury of goals was capped as Ceara DiBiase netted her fifth goal of the day.
Through the final 17 minutes of the game, the Chargers would slowly chip away at the Terrier lead. Adrienne Bender and Ashley Reis each scored goals on free position attempts to cut the lead to 9-7.
With two minutes remaing in the second half, Caitlyn Whearty cut the lead to one with her second goal of the day and Carly Baker tied the game at 9 a piece with :46 remaining.
Thomas used a quick draw control by Jennifer Day to race into the Chargers zone. Day would feed Miranda Tinsman for the go ahead goal with :24 remaining.
Following the draw control and several quick Terrier fouls, the Chargers gained control in the Thomas zone. Nicole Danehy's shot attempt with :16 on the clock sailed wide. Colby-Sawyer gained possession and found Ashley Reis driving to the net. Reis fired a shot on goal with :02 on the clock but Thomas goaltender Brittany Fox blocked the ball aside and time expired giving the Terriers at dramatic 10-9 win.
The Chargers' offense was led by senior Ashley Reis, freshman Sara Berry and freshman Nichole Whearty. Reis netted three goals on the day while Berry and Whearty added a pair apiece. Berry also had an assist and a team high five ground balls and three draw controls.
Thomas was led by senior Ceara DiBiase who scored five goals on five shots. Erin Nelligan (Walpole, Mass.) had a team high four ground balls and three draw controls.
Colby-Sawyer freshmen goalies, Karley Hamilton and Jodi Dumayne, saw split time in the loss. Hamilton had a team high six saves. Thomas goalie Brittany Fox posted nine saves in the win.
Thomas hosts the University of Maine - Farmington Saturday at 7:00pm
Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information Department