Women's Lacrosse: Keep on Rolling
The Colby women's lacrosse team has a knack for getting the job done on the road. This past weekend, the team traveled to New London, Conn. to take on the Camels of Connecticut College and came away with a 19-11 win to run its undefeated mark on the road to 7-0 for the season. The Mules now have also won four games in a row, with three of those victories coming in vital New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) league games.
The star of this weekend's win was Kathleen Kramer '10. The veteran midfielder erupted for seven goals and an assist as she paced the Colby offense in this crucial late season game. Kramer's name was stamped all over the Mule score sheet, scoring early (a hat trick after less than 14 minutes), in the middle (ending any Camel hope with a goal 51 seconds into the second half), and late (putting home the Mules' 16th goal of the game). Her career day helped ensure that the Mules never trailed, and the margin between the two teams was never less than four goals after the opening 15 minutes.
Kramer was certainly not the only contributor to the Colby offense. Tri-captain Amy Campbell '10 added three goals and three assists of her own, running her season totals to a staggering 38 goals and 10 assists in just 13 games. Her total of 48 points has Campbell in second place in the NESCAC, and her 38 goals are also good for second in the league.
The Mules were also buoyed in the attack by pairs of goals from forwards Caroline Atwater '10 and Tess Petesch '13. After battling through an injury early in the season, Atwater has emerged as an incredibly efficient scorer for the team, carrying a .500 shooting percentage, the highest of any Colby attacker.
Also scoring in the game were tri-captain Carly Rapaport '10, Hilary Barr '13 and Claire Donegan '12. Donegan also added two assists to her team-leading total of 16, placing her at seventh in the overall NESCAC leaders. Also amongst the league leaders for Colby is goalie Sarah Warnke '11, whose 14 saves against the Camels added to her .519 save percentage. She also currently sits at second in goals against average. Tri-captain Caroline Duke '10 also has stood out on defense and is second in the league in caused turnovers. Kate Pistel '13, a rarely-seen three season varsity athlete for Colby, leads the league with four game winning goals in her first collegiate season.
With their win on Saturday, the Mules have secured at least one home playoff game. Their 6-2 mark in the league puts them at second place in the overall standings, one game behind league-leader Trinity College. Unfortunately, Colby will have to settle for second due to its head-to-head loss against the Bantams earlier this season, but should Trinity falter in the first round of the conference tournament the Mules would still be in position to host the semi-finals and finals. From there, it seems likely that the team will once again move on to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament, which it has reached in the previous two years. The Mules will try to keep their momentum going on Friday, which is Senior Day, as they take on arch rival Bates College on Alfond Field at 7 pm.