Since spring Break, the Colby women's lacrosse team has proven to the rest of the league that in spite of losing last year's talented senior class, the team doesn't rebuild; it reloads. They have won six of their seven games-- including two crucial New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) wins-- en route to a top ten national ranking.
After blowing out the University of Southern Maine 21-4 on the strength of six goals from Amy Campbell '10 and four from Catherine Kahl '13, the Mules continued their scoring bonanza with a 15-7 victory over the University of New England. The victory saw many of the Colby players register their names on the score sheet, with Campbell (three), Claire Donegan '12, Kate Pistel '13, Kate Briody '11, Anne Geraghty '11 (two each), Casey Thomas '11 and Hillary Barr '13 all finding the back of the net.
The Mules next traveled to Tufts University for a crucial NESCAC clash and managed to leave Medford with an 11-9 victory. Campbell once again led the way, scoring four goals and adding an assist. With her performance, Campbell became just the 11th player in the history of the Colby program to reach 100 career goals. The game brought out the best of this Colby squad, who trailed for most of the game and staged a furious comeback to take home the win. The Mules trailed 8-5 with just over 16 minutes to play, but two goals each by Campbell and Geraghty, along with another from Pistel, put the Mules in front until the end. Geraghty finished off her hat trick with just under a minute to play, punctuating a great effort from the entire team.
After continuing its stellar play on the road and earning victories over Stevens Institute of Technology (11-8) and Drew University (15-5), the Mules lost a heartbreaker on Alfond Field to Trinity College. The Mules again staged a brilliant comeback, tying the game at seven before the Bantams were able to find the back of the net to take an 8-7 lead with five and a half minutes to play. Afraid of the potent Colby attack, Trinity spent the remainder of the game stalling in an attempt to bleed as much time from the clock as possible, ultimately making the one goal difference stand to hand the Mules their first defeat of the season.
This past Saturday, the seventh ranked Mules looked to avenge their prior loss as they brougt their perfect 4-0 road record to Middlebury to take on the eight-ranked Panthers. In a see-saw affair that saw Middlebury stage multiple comebacks, Colby showed their resiliency and earned a thrilling 11-10 overtime victory. Campbell was again excellent on offense, scoring five goals and also grabbing an assist. The team also received two goals from Kathleen Kramer '10, and one each from Donegan, Lane McVey '11, Lucy Gerrity '13 and Caroline Atwater '10. Sarah Warnke '11 was a force in the net, making 14 saves for Colby.
The next test for the Mules is a 7 p.m. clash with arch-rival Bowdoin this Wednesday night. The Mules will have little time to rest, as they travel to Middletown to take on Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.