Despite suffering a heartbreaking 8-7 defeat in double-overtime to Trinity College, Colby Women’s Lacrosse sent a message to the rest of the NESCAC. Trinity is ranked third in Division III Women’s Lacrosse and has won five of the last six NESCAC titles, but it took them 60 minutes of regulation and nearly two full overtimes to eek out a victory over the Mules.
Colby headed into halftime tied with Trinity at 3-3. After two lightning-fast goals courtesy of Kendall Smith ’18 and Sasha Fritts ’18, the Mules held a lead of 5-3. Trinity would race back and score four straight goals, gaining a comfortable lead of 7-5 with under 12 minutes left. However, one goal by Gemma Bready ’17 and a second from Fritts sent the game to overtime. Once in overtime, the Mules’ stout defense and sophomore goalie Izzy Scribano ’19 held Trinity in the first period. However, with a mere 28 seconds left in second overtime, Trinity’s Abby McKinnery notched the game-winning goal. Despite letting up the final goal, starting attackman Grace Crowell ’20 calls the Mules’ defense “one of the best units in the NESCAC.”
The game was Colby’s first official home game after last week’s contest against Hamilton was moved to Bowdoin due to excessively cold weather. However, Sunday’s clash with Trinity was not much warmer with the windchill sending temperatures into the negatives. Despite the weather, Crowell said, “we were still pumped to play Trinity at home. At the end of the day, the other team has to play in the same weather as us.”
Even with the double-overtime loss to Trinity, the Mules managed a 1-1 record on the week with an impressive out-of-league win against Endicott on Wednesday. Colby racked up 13 goals thanks to four goals from Smith, three goals from Lexie Perticone ’17, a pair of goals each from Crowell and Kelsey Bowen ’18, and single tallies from Emma Banks ’20 and Celesta Murtha ’17. Ahead 7-3 at the half, Colby would score six unanswered goals in the second half which allowed a plethora of first years and current bench players to get game action. 26 Mules saw game time and Scribano stopped six shots on the day.
Looking forward, the Mules’ next game is a NESCAC battle against Tufts University the first Saturday of spring break. The Mules will likely be toward the top of the pack in the highly competitive league this year; however, Crowell thinks that they have some competition. “Middlebury is always up there… they won it all last year, but anything can happen in the NESCAC,” she said. “Wesleyan just beat Hamilton, and Hamilton beat us, so we have to make sure we play at a high level every time we step on the field.”