YOKOHAMA, Japan – Williams College graduate Joey Lye and the Team Canada softball captured its first Olympic softball medal downing Mexico, 3-2, in the bronze medal game on Tuesday.
Canada's previous best Olympic finish came in 2008 in Beijing, where they finished fourth
With the win over Mexico win by Lye, a 2009 Williams grad, became the first athlete from the college to win an Olympic medal since 1979 graduate Leslie Milne won bronze in field hockey in 1980. A teammate of Milne's on the USA team in 1980 was longtime Eph field hockey and lacrosse coach Chris Mason.
Lye, a two-sport standout for the Ephs in softball and ice hockey, has been a member of Team Canada Softball for 12 years. She recently resigned as the head softball coach at Bucknell University to commit to the Tokyo Games.
In the medal winning contest Lye was inserted as a pinch runner in the top of the seventh inning.
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