BIDDEFORD — Misha Strage scored an unassisted goal 5:27 into the second half to give Colby College a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over the University of New England in non-conference field hockey action Tuesday evening at the Big Blue Turf.

The Mules (6-4) trailed 2-0 after the opening 12 minutes of play, but a pair of goals in the latter stages of the period leveled the contest heading into the break.

Colby goalie Sarah Evans made 13 saves to backstop the win, while getting help from Elizabeth Zusi, who kept an early deficit at 1-0 with two defensive saves.

In the 26th minute, the Mules got on the board when a bouncing ball through the middle was pushed along by Megan Fortier and finished near the left post by Kaitlyn O’Connell.

Just under four minutes later, Colby’s McKayla Blanch found the back of the cage with an unassisted tally from the right side.

Strage put in a rebound during the 41st minute to slide the visitors in front, and that margin held until the final whistle, in spite of UNE maintaining a 19-10 advantage in shots and 10-8 edge in penalty corners for the game.

After surrendering the initial two shots and a corner to the opposition, the Nor’easters (7-5) came out firing, and Hannah Cutting notched her first collegiate goal just over seven minutes in. After inserting a corner, Cutting moved into the middle and redirected a drive off the stick of Hannah Warren.

It was Cutting again that doubled the margin at the 11:41 mark, tipping in a hit from Desirae LeBlanc. By the time the Mules called a timeout just past the midway mark of the frame, shots were 11-2 and corners were 6-1 in favor of UNE.

Sophomore goalie Holly Smith made five saves for UNE, which faces CCC-foe Nichols College on the road on Saturday.

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