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Contact: Bill Sodoma
Date: September 8, 2006
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's soccer team heads into the 2006 season with an experienced team ready to challenge for a New England Small College Athletic Conference title under 13th-year head coach Jen Holsten.
The Mules get a good opportunity to see where they stand in their season opener Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Tufts University. The Jumbos are ranked third in Division III in two national polls and are the top team in the New England Region poll. Colby starts the season ranked sixth in the New England Region.
Tufts went to the NCAA Division III Final Four last year, but the Mules gave the Jumbos fits during the season. Colby opened last year with a 2-0 home win over the Jumbos and then battled hard before falling 2-1 in a NESCAC Tournament semifinal game at Tufts.
Colby went 7-3-5 last year, with all three losses by one goal. The Mules return most of the key players from that squad, including senior forward Laura Williamson (Manchester, Conn.). She led Colby in scoring last year with 10 goals and five assists for 25 points and heads into this year needing 15 points (she has 34 goals, 13 assists for 81 points) to become the all-time scoring leader for the Mules.
Williamson, a tri-captain, earned NESCAC first team honors along with senior goalkeeper Liza Benson (Orchid, Fla.). Benson, a tri-captain, posted seven shutouts last year and had a 0.87 goals against average. Benson will be backed up by sophomore Rachel Freierman (Cambridge, Mass.).
Junior midfielder Katie McCabe (Watertown, Conn.) earned league second team honors and was second in scoring with two goals and seven assists for 11 points. Senior midfielders Libba Cox (4 goals, 2 assists; Guilford, Conn.) and LIz Morbeck (3 goals, 1 assist; Seattle, Wash.) are other scoring threats along with junior midfielder Lauren Goethals (2 goals, 1 assist; Needham, Mass.) and junior forward Meggie Herlihy (1 goal, 3 assists; Simsbury, Conn.). Cox joins Williamson and Benson as a captain.
The Mules should be strong defensively in front of Benson with experienced backs Meridith Blascovich (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Mollie Puskar (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Meg Davis (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Libbie Howley (Millis, Mass.) all returning.
Colby had depth in the midfield with Angela Martinelli (Conway, Mass.), Meg Cordner (Katonah, N.Y.), Laura Pomponi (Beverly, Mass.), Veronica Barila (Stow, Mass.) and Whitney Lynn (Dallas, Texas) back.
The Mules also have first-year players Meaghan Edwards (East Brunswick, N.J.), Hannah Holbrook (Acton, Mass.), Tara Davidson (Concord, Mass.), Jessie Bond (Westwood, Mass.), Lexi Bohonnon (Madison, Conn.), Heather MacDonald (Vienna, Austria) and Meghan Guay (Falmouth, Maine) battling for playing time.
After the game with Tufts, Colby has its home opener this Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Maine-Farmington.