Women’s Lax Rocks
Women’s lacrosse had an outstanding season, finishing with a 12-5 overall record and seven straight wins before their 10-8 loss to Middlebury in the NESCAC championship game. The team was disappointed when the NCAA Division III national seeds were announced and Colby was not included as it had been the previous year.
Four players were named Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Americans—the most ever in one year for the Mules—tying the number selected from national champion Franklin & Marshall and runner-up Salisbury. Allie Libby ’07 became the first athlete in program history to receive first-team All-America honors twice, and Liz Morbeck ’07 became only the third Mule ever to earn first-team honors. Kate Sheridan ’09 made the second team for the second year in a row, and Lauren Barrett ’08 was named to the third team. Morebeck, Sheridan, and Libby also made the WomensLacrosse.com All-America team.
Libby (27 goals, 42 assists), Sheridan (43 goals, 16 assists), Barrett (32 goals, 7 assists), Libba Cox ’07 (12 goals, 12 assists), Heather Nickerson ’09 (8 goals, 4 assists), and defender Morbeck (57 caused turnovers, 52 ground balls) all earned IWLCA All-Region honors. Libby, Cox, and Morbeck were invited to play in the North-South Senior All-Star Game.
Libby finished her career with 94 goals and 105 assists for 199 points. She was honored with the Millett Award for contributing the most to Colby athletics in her four years. Cox had 46 career goals and 23 assists for 69 points and had 147 ground balls, 80 draw controls, and 80 caused turnovers. Morbeck had 172 ground balls, 125 caused turnovers, and 65 draw controls and was on the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team. Sheridan, who earned NESCAC first-team honors along with Libby and Morbeck, was one of the best players in the country with 89 goals, 29 assists, 108 ground balls, 104 draw controls, and 57 caused turnovers in two years.
Head coach Heidi Godomsky ended her final season coaching the Mules with a 136-82 record in 14 years at Colby. Godomsky and her husband, alpine skiing coach Mark Godomsky, resigned to take positions at Gould Academy.
MacCrate Henning Takes Over
Karen MacCrate Henning is Colby’s new head women’s lacrosse coach.
Henning spent the last eight years as head coach at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, where she started the women’s lacrosse program in 1999 and won NCAA Division II national titles in 2001 and 2007.
Starting August 1, Henning took over a team that was 26-9 over the past two seasons. “The (Colby) players I’ve communicated with so far seem so motivated and have great balance in their lives,” Henning said. “They all have so many positive things going on.”
At C.W. Post, Henning was Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division II National Coach of the Year in 2001. Her teams made seven NCAA tourney appearances and won an ECAC title in 2005. “My family and I are ready for a new chapter in our lives,” she said.
“The kids now look at it and say, ‘We could do this. We’ve been able to turn out some fast boats. Why not us?’” Stokes said.
Rob Zondervan ’07, a 2006-07 captain, has been on the board of the alumni group and built the Web site www.colbycrewalumni.com. He wants to boost the men’s side of the organization and race an alumni boat in the Head of the Charles Regatta as the women have done.
Austin Phillips ’07, a women’s captain in 2006-07, and the rest of the team appreciate all the efforts.
“It’s such a close group here,” she said of the alumni support after a race in Durham, N.H., in late April. “It’s a very unique, hardworking group of people. I think maintaining that kind of social group outside of college is really great. It’s exciting that people are proud of this team and had a great time here and want to support people that they’ve never even rowed with, they don’t even know.”
They may not know the students, but they know the sport.
They know about things like putting in the docks at the Hume Center after a long roundtrip bus ride, like the 2007 team did after that race in Durham.
And, of course, they know the shirts.
“I remember clearly Pat Tynan (then assistant coach) taking a huge box of medals [the team] had won over the years and dumping them on the stage at our first meeting,” said O’Neill, who, like many first-year rowers at Colby, had never rowed. “And then there was the pretty cool stack of T-shirts.”
She and her teammates had their own stack of shirts by the time they finished.
“She won a lot of shirts at Colby,” said Farwell, O’Neill’s long-time boyfriend. It was O’Neill’s mother who took the stack and had selected shirts made into a quilt. “It looks pretty cool,” Farwell said. “You can’t wear thirty T-shirts.”
But you can drape all those NESCAC logos across your couch with a little Colby pride.