Women’s Lacrosse goes 1-1 for weekend

The Colby women’s lacrosse team had two away games this past week, including a game against non-conference University of New England (UNE) in Biddeford and a crucial away match against  sixth-ranked Middlebury. On April 20, the tenth-ranked Mules coasted past the Nor’easters of UNE  to a definitive 16-3 victory. Led by the red hot play of Kendall Smith ’18, last week’s NESCAC player of the week, the Mules snapped UNE’s four  game win streak and improved to 11-2 overall. Smith piled on the stats (two goals scored, five assists, two draw controls, two ground balls, and a couple of forced turnovers) as the Mules ended the half 13-0. A blowout of this proportion meant that several Mules had multi-goal games. Mcgara Dewan ’19 and Grace McVey ’16  tallied three apiece, while Abby Hooper ’16 and Bridgett Horwood ’19 each scored two. The Mules’ second half was promptly set on cruise control as their focus began to turn towards the weekend game at Middlebury.

Unfortunately, the Mules’  huge win against UNE did not translate to an upset victory over the 12-1 Panthers as they fell 12-2. The Mules held an early 1-0 lead at the three minute mark thanks to a low scorcher by Hooper, but they could not keep up the pressure as the Middlebury offense enveloped their defense and quickly went on a 6-0 run. Smith attempted to stymie the attack with a grounding shot with seven minutes left in the first, but the Panthers responded quickly and ended the half with a 7-2 lead.

Seemingly demoralized, the Mules failed to gallop any closer to victory. The Panthers returned and shut out the Mules whilst adding on five more insurance goals for a final score of 12-2. The loss exposed Colby’s weakness in draw control, winning only three of 16 attempts. The extra possession allowed the Panthers to outshoot the Mules 24-8. It wasn’t an issue of turnovers, ground balls or saves, however, as Colby easily matched Middlebury stats  in these categories (25-23/17-16/7-3).

The Mules, who currently stand at 11-3 overall and 6-3 in the NESCAC, now travel to Bates  on April 27 for their final regular season game to determine the fourth seed and first round home field advantage in the playoffs. Despite the loss to Middlebury, the Mules are eager to take on the Bobcats and are primed to head into the postseason with some momentum.

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