Women's lacrosse ready for NCAA opener

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 10, 2011
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Katharine Eddy

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The eighth-ranked Colby College women's lacrosse team is 3-0 in NCAA Division III Tournament opening round games and will try to keep that perfect record when the Mules play host to Norwich University on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in a first round game at Bill Alfond Field.

The Mules (13-4) have a 56-13 scoring margin over the three opening round opponents and all three games were at home. The Mules, in their first-ever NCAA game, routed Plymouth State in 2006 by a 21-5 margin. Colby had a 19-3 win against Eastern Connecticut State in 2008 and last year rolled to a 16-5 victory over University of Southern Maine. The Mules had an opening round bye in 2009 and then hosted a four-team regional.

Colby students, thanks to President William Adams, can get into Wednesday's game free by showing their student identification card. Ticket prices for others are $3 for adults and $2 for non-Colby students. There is no pre-sale of tickets and gates will open at 2 p.m.

Besides the first round domination, Colby also is 6-0 at home this season. The winner of Wednesday's game will meet either Hamilton College or Brockport State in a second round game Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at a site to be determined.

Wednesday's game will be Webcast at http://www.firstteambroadcasting.com/events/2011/05/11/womens-lacrosse-ncaa-tournament-colby-vs-norwich/ and live statistics can be found at http://livestats.prestosports.com/colby/

First-year attacker Lindsey McKenna leads Colby in scoring with 35 goals and four assists for 39 points, while sophomore midfielder Kate Pistel has 25 goals and 11 assists for 36 points. Pistel also has 28 groundballs, 23 draw controls, and 14 caused turnovers.

Casey Thomas (19 goals, 11 assists) and Sarah Lux (9 goals, 21 assists) both have 30 points for the Mules. Claire Donegan, after battling an injury and missing time, is still fifth on the team in scoring with 12 goals and 13 assists. Anne Geraghty has 18 goals and one assist and teammate Katharine Eddy is at 15 goals and four assists. Eddy leads the Mules in draw controls with 31.

Colby's defense held Bowdoin College and Trinity College to an average of just seven goals during the NESCAC Final Four. Lexi Crook has team-bests of 35 groundballs and 15 caused turnovers to go along with 20 draw controls. Lisa Hoopes has 24 groundballs and 13 caused turnovers, while Mary Cummings has 19 groundballs and 13 caused turnovers for Colby's defense.

Sarah Warnke had a big weekend in net for the Mules and has 51 career victories with Colby. She made 11 saves in the first half of Sunday's NESCAC title game to help the Mules to a 1-0 halftime margin before Trinity battled back for the victory.

Norwich (10-2 overall) is led offensively by Kacey Abbriano (39 goals, 11 assists), Grace Fitzpatrick (40 goals, 6 assists), and Courtney Saheim (29 goals, 15 assists). The three also have combined for 96 of the Cadets' 143 draw controls. Suzanne Whitaker (23 goals, 3 assists) and Danielle Del Dotto (21 goals, 5 assists) both have 26 points.

Kellie Pickel has played the majority of minutes in goal for the Cadets and has a 7-2 record.

Norwich has not played against a NESCAC opponent this year. The Cadets had setbacks to Castleton State (14-13, OT) and Westfield State (17-9).

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