W. Lacrosse improves to 10-2, Men falter against Williams

The Colby men’s and women’s lacrosse teams had varying results against Williams College this weekend. The men fell 17-14 on the road as the women continued their impressive home record, winning 14-9. The weekend’s results leave the women in third place in the league (10-2 overall, 6-2 NESCAC) while the men remain on the outside of the playoff picture (3-9 overall, 0-7 NESCAC).

The trip to Williamstown is one of the longest for Colby athletes, but the Mules showed no signs of travel fatigue upon their arrival at Farley-Lamb field. Sam Wasserman ’16 opened the scoring early in the first quarter, with the teams trading goals for much of the first half. Kevin Seiler ’17 and Colton Michel ’17 each added two scores before halftime to knot the game at 8-8.

The fight continued in the third quarter. The Mules went down by two quick goals but battled back to keep the game close. Three minutes into the fourth quarter, Austin Sayre ’17 scored his second of the day to bring the Mules within one, 13-12. Unfortunately, that was as close as the Mules would get. The Ephs rattled off three straight goals to put the game out of reach with just a few minutes remaining. Alex Rutan ’16 did his best to keep his team within striking distance, capping an impressive performance with two late goals, but it was not enough.

Back home on the Hill, the women’s team honored their seniors before playing what might have been their final game on Bill Alfond Field. Energized by the occasion, the Mules shot out to a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Kelsey Bowen ’18, Kendall Smith ’18, and captain Abby Hooper ’16. The rest of the half was stop-and-go as the teams went back and forth in three-goal spurts. Then, with just six seconds to go, Emilie Klein ’17 broke the deadlock to give the Mules a 7-6 edge at the break.

The tight affair continued in the second half. Klein and Smith each scored again but the visitors came back to tie things up at 9-9. After a seven-minute scoreless stretch, the Mules began to pull away. Smith, Bowen, and Hooper were back at it again, combining efforts to take a three-goal lead. Smith and Lexie Perticone ’17 each added two more for good measure to put the game beyond reach.

The men’s team will need to win their remaining three NESCAC games and receive substantial help from other teams to squeeze into the playoffs, starting with their midweek trip to Bowdoin College on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the women will be fighting for a home playoff bid  in their last two league games.

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