NEW LONDON — Junior Julia Lanctot (Sandown, N.H.) scored twice to lift the Colby-Sawyer field hockey team to a 4-2 season opening victory over Elms College.
Colby-Sawyer, led by first-year head coach Emily Dewdney, begins the season 1-0 and hosted Fitchburg State on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Elms goes to 0-1.
Field Hockey has been broken into four quarters of 15 minutes this season.
After a scoreless first quarter, Lanctot gave the home team a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the second frame when she finished a pass from first-year Bella Silva (Danvers, Mass.).
With less than three minutes to play in the first half, senior Rachel Fisher (Lynn, Mass.) intercepted a pass near the midfield line and took the ball the distance to beat the goalie into the left corner. Fisher moves into a tie for seventh in career points with 30 and is now sixth in career goals with 14.
Elms cut the deficit in half, early in the third quarter. Sophomore Erin Thibodeau (East Longmeadow, Mass.) notched an unassisted goal to make the score 2-1.
Colby-Sawyer answered two minutes later when sophomore Chrissy Coffield (North Conway, N.H.) converted a pass from senior Alie Jones (Cape Neddick, Maine).
The Blazers pulled within one, once again, early in the fourth quarter. Junior Carissa Ramirez (San Diego, Calif.) set up junior teammate Brittany North (Palmer, Conn.) for a one-timer that found the back of the cage.
Lanctot added an insurance goal, with six minutes to play, off an assist from Coffield.
Colby-Sawyer junior Abby Ladd (Colchester, Vt.) played the first half and did not face any shots to earn the win. Sophomore Julia Carr (York, Maine) played the second half and allowed two goals. Elms goalie Nora Newman (Woburn, Mass.) had three saves for the Blazers.
Colby-Sawyer had four penalty corners, while Elms had three.