W. lax shuts out Husson, drops game to Hamilton

Colby Women’s Lacrosse faced two home games in two days this weekend. They fell to the Continentals of Hamilton College by a score of 10-9 in a comeback attempt that fell short, but they destroyed Husson University 16-0 to open non-conference play with a statement win.  The Mules came into this weekend ranked number five in the country and came out of the weekend 2-1 overall and 1-1 in NESCAC play. 

On Saturday, the Mules fought hard in a close loss to Hamilton.  The game was almost dead even statistically, as both teams had 18 turnovers and 14 ground balls recovered, while Hamilton held just a 19-18 shot advantage.  After a hard-fought 6-6 battle in the first half, Hamilton opened the second with three goals in the first 7:15 of play to go up 9-6.  After that, it was an uphill battle for the Mules, and the Continentals did a fine job of killing time and locking down on defense.  Coming off of her NESCAC Player of the Week performance, Colby senior and co-captain Abby Hatch had another big game with three goals, one assist, four draw controls, three caused turnovers, and three ground balls recovered.  Lexie Perticone ’17 has also emerged as a potent offensive threat for the Mules, playing well and netting three goals. 

Goals were abundant at Bill Alfond Field for the Mules on Sunday against Husson.  The home team exploded for 12 first-half goals in the contest and completed their shutout with strong all-around play.  Three Mule goalies, co-captain Claire Dickson ’15, Sarah Evans ’16, and Sam Burch ’18 shared the shutout.  Kendall Smith ’18 scored her first collegiate goal on her way to three in the game, and Sasha Fritts ’18 scored three straight goals in her college debut.  Co-captain Sarah Miller ’15 also scored three goals and Cassie Rodgers ’17 added three assists.  Husson could only muster two shots compared to Colby, who kept the Husson goalie busy for the entire game with 33 shots.

The Mules appear to be very competitive this season.  A strong group of senior leaders coupled with a talented and deep roster have propelled the Mules to what could be an incredibly competitive nationally-ranked roster all season.  They were leading the University of New England 10-1 in the first half at the time of publishing in what should be an easy win, and they continue league play next Saturday in Medford, Mass. against the Tufts Jumbos.

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