NCAA journey begins again for women's lacrosse

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 11, 2010
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Carly Rapaport

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's lacrosse team is getting to be a veteran NCAA Division III Tournament Team, with four appearances in the past five years. Any player at junior standing or younger has been in the national tournament every year.

The latest NCAA installment has the ninth-ranked Mules (13-4 overall) entertaining University of Southern Maine in a first round game Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Bill Alfond Field. Admission is free for Colby students with identification thanks to Colby President William D. Adams. Ticket prices are $3 for adults and $2 for non-Colby students. If you cannot make the game, live statistics are available at

Colby seniors Caroline Atwater, Amy Campbell, Caroline Duke, Kathleen Kramer, Keryn Meierdiercks, and Carly Rapaport became the first athletes at the College to play in four straight New England Small College Athletic Conference title games when the Mules fell 9-4 to Williams College on Sunday. The group was denied the one miss at an NCAA tourney during their first year when the Mules were left out in 2007 in a controversial omission.

After back-to-back NESCAC titles in 2008 and 2009 brought automatic bids to the national tourney, Colby settled for an at-large bid this season. Southern Maine (11-9) beat three higher seeded opponents on the way to winning the Little East Conference championship game and a first-ever trip to the NCAA tourney.

The winner of Wednesday's game gets a long bus trip to Hamilton College for a second round game against either Cortland State or Norwich University at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Hamilton, the top-ranked team in the country, will play either Kenyon College or Wooster College in the other game at 11:30 a.m. The winners of Saturday's games will meet Sunday at 1 p.m. for the right to play in the NCAA Final Four.

Campbell, an All-American, leads Colby in scoring with 42 goals and 15 assists for 57 points. She has 128 goals and 31 assists for 159 career points, including career-highs in goals, assists, and points this season.

Claire Donegan is second in scoring with 16 goals and a team-high 22 assists for 38 points. Donegan already has 41 career assists in just her second season at Colby. Kramer reached 90 career goals on Saturday and is third on the team this season in points with 30 goals and five assists. Kate Pistel continues to have a fine first season with the Mules, ranking third on the team in goals with 24. Casey Thomas (12 goals, 5 assists), who had the overtime goal in an 8-7 win over Amherst on Saturday, Atwater (11 goals, 6 assists), and Anne Geraghty (13 goals, 2 assists) are other leading scorers.

Colby's defense is led by Duke, another All-American who has a team-high 39 caused turnovers and has 91 for her career. Junior Lexi Crook is second on the Mules in groundballs (30) and is third in draw controls (23). Mary Cummings (19 caused turnovers, 22 groundballs) and Lisa Hoopes (12 caused turnovers, 14 groundballs) have both been solid defensively in front of junior goalie Sarah Warnke (36-8 career record).

Southern Maine has a dangerous scorer in senior midfielder Jessica Knight, who has 75 goals and 11 assists for 86 points in 18 games. She has a nearly 52 percent shot percentage and also leads the Huskies with 16 free-position goals. Knight had all four goals when the Mules took a 21-4 home win over the Huskies in the regular season game back on March 16.

USM junior attacker Mary Vaughan has 46 goals and a team-best 18 assists for 64 points. She also leads the team in shot percentage (.548), draw controls (39), and is second in groundballs (49) and free-position goals (13). Shelby Turcotte (32 goals, 8 assists), Jessica Martineau (24 goals, 7 assists), and Haley Jordan (20 goals, 9 assists) are other scoring threats.

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