Women's lacrosse at Hamilton for NCAA game

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 9, 2008
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The road to the NCAA Division III Final Four will take two more victories for the Colby College women's lacrosse team this weekend.

The ninth-ranked Mules play Saturday at fourth-ranked Hamilton College at 11:30 a.m. in a regional semifinal. Middlebury College and Gettysburg College play in the other semifinal at 2:30 p.m. The winners of the two games will meet in an NCAA quarterfinal game Sunday at 1 p.m. at Hamilton, with the victor of that game heading to the NCAA Final Four next weekend in Salem, Virginia.

Ticket prices for those going to the games at Hamilton are $3 for adults and $2 for students each day.

Colby is familiar with tough weekends of play after defeating top-seeded Middlebury last Saturday in a New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinal game. The Mules then came back the following day and took a 14-12 win against Trinity College to win the program's first NESCAC title.

Colby had it a bit easier on Wednesday when the Mules coasted to a 19-3 NCAA opening round win over Eastern Connecticut State at Bill Alfond Field. The Mules fell 11-8 to Bowdoin College in a NCAA regional semifinal game in 2006 at Middlebury.

Colby's Kate Sheridan had a big day on Wednesday with the NCAA win, being named NESCAC Player of the Year, and breaking two single-season school records. She is the all-time leader in points (89) and goals (56) in a season. Sheridan, who is just a junior, is only 16 points away from being Colby's career scoring leader. Sheridan has 145 goals and 62 assists for 207 points, while Ally King '03 had 109 goals and 113 assists for 222 points.

Colby junior attacker Becky Julian was named to the all-conference first team along with Sheridan and co-captain Jamie Enos. Caroline Duke made the second team for the Mules. Julian earned Division III National Player of the Week honors from womenslacrosse.com after setting two NESCAC tournament records last weekend for points (17) and goals (11) in a tourney.

Enos and Duke are part of a defense that has come on strong as the season progressed. Enos leads the Mules in ground balls (36) and caused turnovers (25), while Duke has 22 caused turnovers and 21 ground balls. First-year goalie Sarah Warnke has a 10-2 record in goal (both losses by one goal) and an 8.78 goals against average.

Sophomore attacker Amy Campbell reached 50 points (41 goals, 9 assists) in Wednesday's win over Eastern Connecticut. Heather Nickerson (23 goals, 6 assists), Kathleen Kramer (19 goals, 7 assists), and Lauren Strazzula (11 goals, 14 assists) are other leading scorers. Senior co-captain Carrie Lovejoy (7 goals, 2 assists) has four goals in the last three games for the Mules.

Hamilton (17-1), which is 10-0 at home this year and has won 15 straight games, took an 11-10 win over Union College in the Liberty League title game and then had a bye for the first round of the NCAA tourney.

Kaillie Briscoe is a dangerous player with 59 goals and 35 assists for 94 points this season for the Continentals, who have scored 297 goals this season. Nicole Tetreault (47 goals, 18 assists), Jen McGowan (37 goals, 11 assists), and Sarah Bray (30 goals, 14 assists) are other leading scorers.

Gettysburg (17-3) is ranked fifth nationally, while Middlebury (11-4) is seventh.

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