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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 7, 2008
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's lacrosse team takes to the field at Trinity College on Saturday with a new head coach and a different look after losing some key players to graduation.
The Mules, under new head coach Karen MacCrate Henning, are ranked 13th nationally in Division III and will play at 11th-ranked Trinity at 11 a.m. in a New England Small College Athletic Conference game.
The Mules were 26-9 the past two years and made the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in program history after the 2006 season. Colby (12-5) made the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title game and lost a tough 10-8 game at Middlebury a year ago. The team won seven of its last eight games and finished the regular season ranked eighth in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association national poll.
The Mules lost All-Americans Allie Libby, Liz Morbeck, and Catharine O'Brien (honored in 2006) to graduation. Libby was a key offensively with her passing, Morbeck was a tough defender, and O'Brien was the starting goaltender.
MacCrate Henning, who won two Division II national championships at C.W. Post, will have All-American midfielder Kate Sheridan in the lineup. The junior is one of the best players in the country and has 89 goals, 108 ground balls, 104 draw controls, and 57 caused turnovers in two years. She finished the 2007 season with 43 goals and 16 assists.
The Mules will have three of their top five point producers back from last season. Sheridan was second on the team in scoring, while Becky Julian added 22 goals and five assists and Lauren Strazzula had 16 goals and eight assists. Unfortunately, Julian is still playing with the women's ice hockey team in the NESCAC playoffs.
Heather Nickerson, another ice hockey player who will miss the opener, earned IWLCA All-Region honors for her play in the midfield. She had 40 caused turnovers and 37 ground balls to go along with eight goals and four assists.
Carrie Lovejoy, one of two captains, and Cary Finnegan both had 11 goals and two assists for 13 points last year. Kathleen Kramer (8 goals, 4 assists), Megan Towe (5 goals), and Amy Campbell (5 goals) also return.
Jamie Enos, Colby's other captain, and Mary Clare Snediker return on defense in front of goaltender Keryn Meierdiercks, who saw limited time behind O'Brien last year.
Colby will play its home opener on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. against Wheaton College.