Women's lacrosse reaches 11-2
The eighth-ranked Colby women’s lacrosse team added two more wins to its streak this past week with victories against the University of New England (UNE) and Connecticut College. The Mules dominated UNE, winning 20-1 in a non-conference contest on Thursday, April 21 at Bill Alfond Field. The team then hosted the Connecticut College Camels and fought to secure a 6-4 win on Saturday, April 24.
Against UNE, the Mules took an early lead, scoring nine goals in only 12 minutes of play. The Mules, up 14-0 at halftime, eventually cruised to a 20-1 win.
Kate Gragnolati ’11 and Anne Geraghty ’11 each scored three goals in the win. Kirsten Karis ’14 and Lane McVey ’12 added two goals, and Katharine Eddy ’14 and Casey Thomas ’11, each of whom had two assists, contributed a goal. Hilary Barr ’13, Lucy Gerrity ’13, Ali Iannotti ’11, Lindsey McKenna ’14, Lexi Crook ’11, Alex Mintz ’14 and Ceilidh Meagher’ 14 rounded out the scoring for the Mules. Tess Petesch ’13 had four assists, while Gragnolati and Geraghty contributed two and one, respectively. Jessy Dvorak scored the lone goal for UNE to open the second half.
On Saturday, the Mules were able to hold onto a 6-4 lead to defeat the Camels in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play. Colby scored twice in the first five minutes of play, once each from Kate Pistel ’13 and Petesch to gain an early lead. Conn. College got on the scoreboard with a goal from Katelyn Driscoll. Colby ended the half with another score from McKenna on an assist from Gerrity, which brought the score to 3-1.
The Mules scored again almost immediately after beginning the second half of play. The tally from Geraghty upped the lead to 4-1. The goal brought Geraghty to 30 career points. She also had a game-high five draw controls.
The Camels fought back and scored twice to trail by a single goal. However, it was not enough to stop the Mules. Barr scored with just under 15 minutes to play, and Thomas added another goal to secure a 6-3 lead. Conn. College’s Haley Dumke scored the final goal of the game with less than a minute on the clock, bringing the final score to 6-4 for Colby.
Mary Cummings ’11 led the Mules defense with six groundballs and one caused turnover.
Goalie Sarah Warnke ’11 made 14 saves, seven in each period, in her 49th career game as a Mule. Warnke was named the NESCAC Player of the Week on Monday. This was Warnke’s last regular-season home game at Colby, as it was for fellow seniors Gragnolati, Iannotti, Briody, Crook, Thomas, Cummings and Geraghty.
The Mules move to 11-2 overall and 6-2 in conference play. They will travel to Bates this Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. for the final regular-season game. Colby will then have home-field advantage as they play in the NESCAC quarterfinal game next Sunday, May 1 at noon.