Middlebury came from four goals down to tie the game and force overtime, but Colby outscored the Panthers 2-1 in the extra session to emerge with an 11-10 win. The Mules have now won four of the last five meetings between the schools, with Middlebury earning a win in last year's NCAA Regional. Colby entered the game ranked seventh nationally, improving to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in NESCAC play. The eighth-ranked Panthers drop to 4-3 and 2-2 in league play.
Trailing 1-0, Colby scored four-straight goals to take a 4-1 lead with 7:25 left in the first half. Amy Campbell scored two of her game-high five goals during the run. Chase Delano closed the first half scoring, converting a quick-stick goal with a feed from Elizabeth Garry to make it a 4-2 game at the intermission.
The Mules opened the second half with three of the first four goals to take a 7-3 advantage with 24:16 remaining. The Panthers answered with a four-goal run to tie the game at 7-7 at the 21:52 mark. Sally Ryan scored twice to spark the run, including a blast from the outside at 23:30. Chase Delano scored with a bouncer on a free position, before Michaela Colbert knotted the game with a free position tally of her own. Colby regained the lead on a score from Campbell at 19:40, with neither team finding the back of the net for the next 16 minutes.
Colby gained a bit of breathing room at 3:29, when Kathleen Kramer gave them a 9-7 lead after a lengthy possession. Delano converted a free position goal for the Panthers with 1:37, bringing Middlebury within at goal at 9-8. Colbert won the draw control and scored 18 seconds later as the Panthers tied the game at 9-9 with just 1:19 left to play in regulation. Colby had the ball in the finals seconds of the game, but could not score, as the contest headed into overtime.
In the first 3:00 overtime period, a shot from Middlebury's Dana Heritage was saved, before Campbell scored driving through the Middlebury zone with a bouncing shot at the :42 mark. Middlebury tied the game during the second session, with a low sidearm shot from Margaret Souther. Campbell tallied the game-winner for Colby, driving to the goal and scoring with a bounce shot with just 24 seconds remaining.
Campbell's five goals paced Colby, while Kramer netted a pair. Sarah Warnke made 14 saves in goal, picking up seven ground balls. Delano and Ryan scored three apiece for Middlebury, while Colbert and Souther each scored twice. Heather Marrison had four ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Lily Nguyen made nine saves in goal.