Women’s lacrosse wins OT thriller
The Colby women’s lacrosse team secured two victories this past week. The Mules first overpowered Husson University, then won a competitive game against Middlebury College.
Facing off against Husson on Wednesday, March 30, the Mules coasted to a 16-3 win. Attacker Katie Griffin ’14, who was the womenslacrosse.com Division III Rookie of the Week in late March, led Colby with three goals, bringing her season total to 16. Ali Iannotti ’11, Kirsten Karis ’14, Claire Donegan ’12 and Alex Mintz ’14 had two goals apiece. Katharine Eddy ’14, Kate Gragnolati ’11, Sarah Lux ’14, Anne Geraghty ’11, Lindsey McKenna ’14 and Casey Thomas ’11 each added one goal to the overall tally.
On Saturday, April 2, the eighth-ranked Mules took on the 12th-ranked Middlebury Panthers in an exciting contest that went into two rounds of overtime play. Kate Pistel ’13 led the offense with four goals, while Eddy forced two turnovers, had a game-high six draw controls, and recorded two goals.
Although Middlebury led the Mules by a score of 3-1 during the first period and then by a tally of 6-3, the Mules entered the second half leading by a score of 8-6. After a goal from Pistel to open the second half of play, the Panthers strengthened their offense, scoring three times to bring the score to 9-9 with 11:12 remaining in the match. Both teams were held scoreless beyond that point, and the game moved into overtime.
Middlebury took the lead in the first overtime with a score from Sally Ryan. With less than a minute left in the period, Colby’s Thomas scored off an assist from Lux. Lux then scored with only 12 seconds to play in the second overtime period, bringing the Mules to an 11-10 victory. Sarah Warnke ’11 made 10 saves in goal for Colby and Meg Mooney ’13 led the defense with two forced turnovers and four groundballs.
Midfielder Hilary Barr ’13 commented on the win, explaining that “Middlebury always gives us a good game so it was awesome to see our hard work pay off in the end. It was a really exciting end but both our defense and offense kept composure and we were able to convert that for the win.”
Colby is now 3-1 in NESCAC play and 7-1 overall. The Mules are ranked eighth in the Division III national rankings with their only loss coming to the fifth-ranked Trinity Bantams.
The Mules will take on Bowdoin College this Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Bowdoin College. They will then play against Wesleyan University at home on Saturday, April 9 at 12:00 p.m.