The Colby College women’s lacrosse team rallied from an early deficit to run away from Bowdoin on Wednesday evening, 18-9, at Ryan Field.

The 16th-ranked Mules (8- 3, 5-3 NESCAC) dealt the eighth-ranked Polar Bears (9-3, 5-3 NESCAC) their worst loss of the 2017 campaign and extend their winning streak to six games overall.

Bowdoin scored the first three goals of the game, including two by Hannah Hirschfeld to take an early advantage against the Mules.

Colby rebounded with a 3- 1 run, cutting the deficit to 4- 3 on a Cassie Rodgers goal with 16:44 remaining in the opening half.

After Mettler Growney pushed Bowdoin’s lead to 5-3 with 12:02 left, Colby scored four times in the final 6:53 of the period, including consecutive scores by Kendall Smith, to take a 7-5 lead at halftime.

The Mules continued to roll in the second half thanks to three early goals by Sasha Fritts that gave the visitors a five-goal cushion, 12-7, with 21:41 to play. Colby outscored Bowdoin 11-4 overall in the second half to pull away for the victory.

Fritts scored a game-high five goals for Colby, while Emilie Klein and Lexie Perticone had three goals apiece.

Bowdoin was led by Hirschfeld’s three goals and an assist, while Kara Finnerty had two goals and an assist.

Colby was dominant on the draws, holding a 21-8 advantage which led to a massive edge in time of possession. The Mules owned a 36-18 advantage in shots.

Izzy Scribano stopped five shots, allowing nine goals for the win. Bowdoin’s Kayli Weiss made five saves, allowing 12 goals in 38:19 before giving way to Erin Morrissey, who stopped five shots and permitted six goals in 21:41.

Bowdoin travels to Middletown, Conn., on Saturday for a clash with Wesleyan at noon.

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