Weekend Recap: Women’s ice hockey and lacrosse games

Women’s Ice Hockey

Colby Women’s ice hockey’s historic season came to a close after being snubbed from the NCAA Division III tournament selection. While conference rivals Amherst and Middlebury made the cut, Colby’s season fell just short after a loss to Amherst in the NESCAC semifinals. 

Although the Mules found victory once and tied another game against the Mammoths in the regular season, this playoff matchup proved difficult for the tired Colby team. Amherst took the lead early, finding the back of the net in the first period after wearing down the Mule’s defense. The team was reinvigorated, holding Amherst without a goal for the second period, while they also could not leave a mark on the scoreboard. 

It wasn’t until well into the third period when forward and captain Moira Mullaney `20 tied the game up and the Mules were fighting for the lead yet again. Amherst was again able to break away and put Colby on its heels, forcing the Mules to pull their goalie for the remaining minutes in favor for another attacking option. With an open net, Amherst was able to secure the puck and deliver a dagger without resistance to crush any hopes of a comeback. Mullaney’s impressive season resulted in five goals and four assists, which led her team deep into the playoffs, and a truly historic run for Colby’s history. 

Goalie Nina Prunster `22 was able to tally 18 saves in her final game of the season, but the sophomore has much more of an impact to make, already with a 9-4-1 record and .949 save percentage. Without selection from the NCAA tournament, the Mules have earned some much deserved rest but will surely come back firing next season and make a greater push for the championship.

Women’s Lacrosse

Women’s lacrosse hosted three games in just five days this week to follow last weekend’s loss to Tufts on their home opener. The Mules took defeat gracefully, but came back motivated against Roger Williams on Tuesday, crushing them 13-6 in a dominant victory. On an uncharacteristically warm day, the Mules came out firing behind Taylor Moore `21, and Grace Langmuir `21, who each scored hat tricks. Astoundingly, Colby was able to convert 18 of their shots on goal to actual goals, reasserting their offense after the disappointment against Tufts last week. With such a resounding victory, the Mules looked to carry their confidence and fitness to Saturday’s conference matchup against Williams, despite having only three days to rest.

Sadly for them, Williams didn’t fare much better than Roger Williams had. Colby’s offense came out firing again, and was able to pull ahead of Williams with less than 10 minutes in the first half. Once ahead, Colby didn’t look back, taking a five goal lead into halftime with the score 9-4. Williams tried clawing their way back in the second half, but Colby’s lead only increased to 6, andthe final score read 10-16. The Mule’s defense shined through, leading to the Ephs 20 turnovers to Colby’s ten. The Mules also out shot their opponents for the second day in a row, as Annie Eddy `23 and Gianna Bruno `23 amassed four goals each to push Colby to victory. Yet the offense continued their run of unselfish play, as seven different players found the back of the net.

To finish the weekend, on Sunday Plymouth St. travelled up to Waterville. A Colby victory was never in question, as the Mules tallied 11 goals in the first half compared to the Panther’s measly one. Colby showed no mercy ending the game 17 to 1 in a game that Plymouth had no right to take part in. Unselfish, dominant play characterized Colby’s offense, as 10 different players scored, including two hat tricks, another from Moore, and one from Robyn Pirie `21. Off to a red-hot start, Eliza Dean `22 won five straight controlled draws to give the Mules possession immediately and build momentum. Next weekend the Mules will look to turn their three game win streak into four with a ride down to Biddeford, Maine to take on University of New England.

Men’s Lacrosse

Men’s lacrosse too fell to Tufts in their opening game, but redirected their focus to Husson on Tuesday for their home opener. With aggressive attacking play from the start, Colby built an incredible 19 goal lead in the first half, only giving up one goal. They kept their foot on the gas, though rotating more players to grab another seven goals, only letting in two the second half. Aside from the disparity in goals scored, the Mules were able to win 27 of the 33 faceoffs to keep possession in their hands and keep the ball in the back of Husson’s net. With momentum on their side, they had three days to rest before hitting the road for Williams College to take on the #4 ranked Ephs. The Ephs proved far more difficult, handing Colby their second loss of the season and shoving 19 goals in on the poor Mule’s defense. Barely able to fight back, Colby’s CJ Hassan `20 and Jack Rickards `22 were the only scorers with three and two goals respectively. Falling to 1-2, 0-2 in conference, Colby has a week to rest up before taking on Wesleyan in another conference matchup on March 14th at 1:00 p.m. at home.

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