Second half collapse leads to opening loss for women’s lacrosse

Colby Women’s Lacrosse opened their season in a NESCAC matchup against Hamilton College on Sunday. The game was postponed from Saturday due to poor weather conditions, and moved to Ryan’s Field at Bowdoin, meaning that neither side entered the game with a home field advantage. The Mules came into the match ranked 18th nationally, hoping to open the season with a victory against 16th ranked Hamilton.

Maddie Hatch ’18 led the scoring for Colby with a goal in each half. Colby scored three times in the first half, with Hamilton only scoring in the last few moments before the break. Going into halftime with a 3-1 lead, Coach Karen Henning knew the importance of keeping effort high and unfounded confidence down. However, Hamilton came out firing on all cylinders and scored three goals within the first five minutes of the second half, making the score 4-3. This momentum and confidence allowed the Continentals to push forward and repeatedly pressure Colby. Toward the end of the second half, Hamilton had scored three more times, giving them a lead of 7-3 going into the final three minutes of the game. Colby didn’t give up however, and scored two goals late in the game, making for an exciting though still disappointing 8-5 finish. Hamilton grabbed a goal with ten seconds to go while Colby goalkeeper Izzy Scribano ’19 was out of the net attempting to convert. Scribano played well in goal, making eight saves throughout the course of the game.

The Mules will certainly have many talking points from this match, especially with the majority of their season still in front of them. They graduated two strong defensive players last spring, but welcomed the talent of five new first-years this fall. Without the senior guidance of last year in their back line, Colby needs to find a leader to step up and take charge of a strong defensive effort. Georgia Lubrano ’17 will look to fill that role as one of three senior captains which also includes Lexie Perticone ’17 and Emilie Klein ’17. The three play across the field, with Klein in the midfield and Perticone on attack. 

Colby will look forward from this game, hoping to improve on their defensive skills and convert more shots into goals. Fortunately, Colby still has 14 games to go this season, offering the team plenty of time to turn things around. Colby ended last season ranked 16th nationally, so they will be looking to improve upon that come the end of April.

The Mules take on Endicott in Massachusetts at 7 p.m. this Thursday. Their next NESCAC matchup comes against Trinity College on Saturday at the Harold Alfond Athletic Center at 11 a.m.