Women’s Lax defeats nationally ranked Tufts

The Colby Women’s Lacrosse team is determined to prove that the NESCAC does not belong to the perennial conference powers. After toppling the reigning NESCAC Champion Trinity, who was ranked second nationally at the time, the Mules set their sights on the Jumbos of Tufts University, the fourth ranked team in the nation. In a hard fought battle in Medford, the Mules downed the Jumbos 11-6 in a resounding Colby victory.

“During the [previous] two games we really were able to play in sync with each other. The first years came out strong during the UNE game and we were able to find success all over the field,” Dana Swaffield ’16 said. The Mules came into the matchup with 32 goals under their belt following two dominant non-conference victories over Husson University and The University of New England. Despite their dominance out of conference, the Mules were only 1-1 in the NESCAC, having dropped a close game to Hamilton. The Mules had to fight the conditions as well as the Jumbos. “The weather during the Tufts game was difficult, but we were able to capitalize on key plays and pull through” Swaffield said.

The Jumbos got out to a fast start against the Mules, utilizing quick goals from experienced players to pull ahead 3-0 within the first five minutes of the game. However, Colby settled down and was able to control the pace of play. Colby’s first goal came from Swaffield on a combination play from Lexie Perticone ’17.  For the remainder of the half, the teams traded goals, but Swaffield’s second goal with just over ten minutes remaining pulled the Mules to within one before the half. Strong defense from both teams kept the score stationary and led to a Tufts 5-4 lead at the break.

Colby came out of the locker room thirsty for the win and dominated during the second half. The Mules outscored the Jumbos 7-1 in the second half on their way to the victory. Colby was led on the field by tri-captain Sara Miller ’15 who had a hat trick on the day. Throughout the season, Perticone has begun to establish herself as a great playmaker and a passing threat, assisting four goals in the match. Swaffield and tri-captain Abby Hatch ’15 are also offensive leaders for the Mules. Swaffield’s two goals versus Tufts raised her total to a team leading nine goals. Hatch’s two assists put her second in the NESCAC for assists with eight.

Two additional standouts for the Mules have been on opposite sides of the ball as Kendall Smith ’18 has been scoring non-stop and Claire Dickinson ’15 has been keeping shots out of the cage. Smith is one of the leading scorers on the team with eight goals and has really burst onto the scene following a three-goal performance versus Husson and a four-goal showing versus UNE. Dickinson, who is also a tri-captain, leads the NESCAC in goals against with 22 and has the third highest Goals against average in the league at 7.01. Dickinson made 9 saves on 11 shots after relieving Sarah Evans ’16. Overall the game was tight as Colby only had slight advantages in shots (21-17), groundballs (17-16), and draw controls (10-9).

Although the rest of campus will be on break, the Mules will not have very many days off. Swaffield was optimistic, saying, “We are off to a great start and look forward to our week in Florida for spring break!”

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