Women's lacrosse set to battle Endicott in NCAA game

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 8, 2012
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Lindsey McKenna (Dustin Satloff '15 photo)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women’s lacrosse team heads into the 2012 NCAA Division III Tournament opening round Wednesday with a different perspective.

The eighth-ranked Mules (13-2 overall) play host to Endicott College at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Bill Alfond Field in a first round contest. Colby will be playing in its sixth NCAA tourney and has won four opening round games at home by a combined score of 73-17.

Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for non-Colby students. Colby students, thanks to Colby President William "Bro" Adams, can get into the game for free by showing their ID card and signing in at the gate.

The Webcast and live statistics for the game can be found at http://livestats.prestosports.com/colby/

While the Mules have experience playing first round games, Colby heads into Wednesday as a rested team after falling in a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game back on April 28. Colby had played in five straight NESCAC title games, always coming into the NCAA tourney having played on Saturday and Sunday.

Colby will likely have its toughest opening round game against a solid Endicott squad. The Gulls are 12-5 overall and have played a challenging non-conference schedule. Endicott has fallen to Bowdoin (18-12), Tufts (14-7), and Bates (14-6). The Gulls earned their NCAA bid by winning the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament last weekend.

Endicott has four players with 59 points or more and two of them have at least 50 goals. Senior attacker Morgan DeShaw leads the team in goals (58), assists (28), and points (86). She has converted on 20 free-position shots out of 35 opportunities and has a 53 percent overall shot percentage.

Junior midfielder Holly Davis (51 goals, 10 assists), junior attacker Kelly Tierney (40 goals, 24 assists), and sophomore midfielder Callie Murphy (38 goals, 21 assists) are other top scorers for the Gulls. Davis is first on the squad in draw controls with 82, while sophomore midfielder Rachel Campos (11 goals, 13 assists) has 70 draw controls and a team-best 48 ground balls.

Colby had a 15-game home unbeaten streak snapped with the quarterfinal loss to Hamilton, but the Mules still are very strong on Bill Alfond Field at 24-6 over the past four seasons.

Sophomore attacker Lindsey McKenna has 39 goals and six assists for a team-best 45 points. She has 82 goals and 10 assists for 92 career points. Claire Donegan is the Mules' current active career scoring leader with 66 goals and 80 assists for 146 points. She has 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points this year.

Sarah Lux is leading the Mules in assists with 22 and has 10 goals, All-American Kate Pistel has 21 goals and six assists, and Katie Griffin (18 goals, 2 assists), Tess Petesch (15 goals, 5 assists), and Alex Mintz (13 goals, 7 assists) all have 20 points.

Kirsten Karis leads Colby in both caused turnovers (24) and ground balls (35), while Kat McCarrick has 16 caused turnovers and 24 ground balls. Meg Mooney (13 caused turnovers, 22 ground balls) and Lisa Hoopes (14 caused turnovers, 14 ground balls) have helped Colby allow less than eight goals per game.

Colby goaltender Michelle Burt is the only keeper in the NESCAC to be in the top five in goals against average (3rd, 7.57), save percentage (1st, .537), and saves per game (5th, 6.64). Claire Dickson is second in save percentage (.520) and fifth in goals against average (8.27).

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