Women's lacrosse earns No. 8 preseason ranking

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 30, 2007
WATERVILLE, Maine ­-- The Colby College women’s lacrosse team will have high expectations heading into the 2007 season after being ranked eighth by Lacrosse Magazine in the publication’s preseason NCAA Division III poll.

Colby had its best season in school history last year with a program-best 14 wins and a first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Mules, who were 14-4 in 2006, finished the last two seasons ranked 11th nationally. Colby returns a number of key players from a year ago, including All-Americans Allie Libby (Needham, Mass.), Kate Sheridan (Hingham, Mass.) and Catharine O’Brien (Reading, Vt.).

Libby earned national first team honors last year after leading the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in scoring with 35 goals and 53 assists for 88 points. She set Colby single-season records for points and assists. Libby heads into her final year at Colby with 67 goals and 63 assists for 130 points.

Sheridan went from high school All-American to collegiate All-American in just one season. She was second on the Mules in scoring with 46 goals and 13 assists for 59 points. Sheridan earned national second team honors and was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year.

O’Brien, a senior goaltender, finished with a 13-4 record and led the NESCAC in save percentage (.530) to earn national third team honors.

Colby also returns Liz Morbeck (Seattle, Wash.), a first team All-Region selection along with Libby, Sheridan and O’Brien. Libba Cox (Guilford, Conn.) made second team All-Region and returns as well for 14th-year head coach Heidi Godomsky. With a 124-77 career record at Colby, Godomsky also was honored last year as New England Region Coach of the Year and NESCAC Coach of the Year.

Colby opens the season at home against Trinity College on Saturday, March 11 at noon. The Mules will play against six other teams ranked in the top 20.

Lacrosse Magazine NCAA Division III Preseason Poll

1.              Middlebury

2.              College of New Jersey

3.              Salisbury

4.              Gettysburg

5.              Cortland

6.              Amherst

7.              Bowdoin

8.              Colby

9.              Union

10.            Franklin & Marshall

11.            Williams

12.            Mary Washington

13.            Washington & Lee

14.            St. Mary’s

15.            Dickinson

16.            William Smith

17.            Colorado College

18.            Rowan

19.            Hamilton

20.            Nazareth

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