Women’s Lacrosse Plays in an April Wonderland
Same story, different week for the women's lacrosse team, as they steamrolled two more hapless opponents. The team is currently ranked ninth in the nation and looks to climb the polls once this week's results are released. The Mules have also positioned themselves favorably in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) standings, having reached second place in the league as they look to secure home field advantage in the upcoming NESCAC tournament.
The Mules' first opponent this past week was Colorado College, who traveled to Maine on its spring break to take on the Colby, Bates, Bowdoin (CBB) schools. Colby quickly declawed the visiting Tigers, storming out to a 6-0 lead just over 10 minutes into the game on the strength of a hat trick from co-captain Amy Campbell '10, a pair of tallies from Lane McVey '12 and an additional goal from Claire Donegan '12. The Mule attack did not relent: before the end of the first half Caroline Atwater '10 put a pair in the back of net, while Kate Gragnolati '11 and Ali Iannotti '11 got in on the fun with goals of their own.,
The second half was much like the first, with the Mules controlling the pace of play and adding a few more goals for good measure. Katie Briody '11 and Kate Pistel '13 added their names to the scoresheet as well as Kathleen Kramer '10, who put home two of her own before McVey finished off her hat trick with just over five minutes gone in the half. The Mules were also quite strong defensively. Goalies Sarah Warnke '11 and Kathryn Meierdiercks '10 combined to make six saves and limit ed Colorado College to five goals, while co-captain Caroline Duke '10 caused three turnovers.
Next up was a NESCAC clash with Amherst: a team they were jockeying with for position in the league standings. The Mules responded to this challenge on a very snowy April day, inspired by the home crowd and played perhaps their finest game of the year en route to a 9-4 victory. Pistel led the offensive attack for Colby, picking up four goals to add to her already impressive season total. Not to be outdone by their first-year teammate, many of the seniors also joined the scoring parade, as Kramer, Campbell and co-captain Carly Rapaport '10 all put home single goals. Duke was again outstanding on defense, and Donegan had an excellent all-around game in the midfield with a goal and three assists.
With only two crucial league games to go, the regular season is winding to a close for Colby. The team will spend this entire week focused on its Saturday meeting with Connecticut College in New London, a team that has struggled to find their stride this season and bears a 1-6 mark in league play. The Mules will hope to earn a big victory to help them reach their goal of a number one seed in the league tournament.