Women's Lacrosse—2008-09 Season Overview

2013 Season Outlook

WATERVILLE, Maine --- With three All-Americans returning and eight of the top 10 scorers back from a year ago, the Colby College women's lacrosse team wants to take the next step and get past the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Sixth-year head coach Karen MacCrate Henning has talent all over the field, starting with two-time All-American midfielder Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.). Pistel was tied for third in scoring last year with 28 goals and 11 assists for 39 points, plus added 28 ground balls, 21 caused turnovers, and 19 draw controls. Pistel heads into her final year with 83 goals and 29 assists for 112 points. She also has 93 ground balls, 78 draw controls, and 65 caused turnovers.

Pistel, a co-captain this year, and her teammates helped Colby make the NCAA tourney last year for the fifth year in a row and the sixth time in program history. The Mules have made it past the opening two rounds the last three years only to fall in quarterfinal contests.

While Pistel will anchor the midfield, All-American junior attacker Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) returns after leading the Mules in scoring a year ago with 45 goals and eight assists for 53 points. She heads into the season with 88 goals and 12 assists for 100 points in just two seasons. McKenna was sixth in the NESCAC in scoring, tied for fifth in goals, and was fourth in game-winning goals (4). She also led the Mules in draw controls (30) and free-position goals (8).

Junior defender Kirsten Karis (Southborough, Mass.) is the other returning All-American after a wildly successful change from midfield to defense. After the Mules lost two all-league players to graduation, Karis moved in back and led Colby in ground balls (38) and caused turnovers (28). Karis was fifth in the NESCAC in caused turnovers and 10th in ground balls.

Senior co-captain Lisa Hoopes (Ipswich, Mass.) also returns on defense after scooping up 16 ground balls and causing 15 turnovers. Meg Mooney (Wellesley, Mass., 23 ground balls, 14 caused turnovers) also gives the Mules senior leadership in back. Sarah Large (Bow, N.H.) and Caroline Keaveney (Greenwich, Conn.) are other returners on defense.

Junior goalie Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) earned IWLCA All-Region honors last year along with Pistel, McKenna, Karis, and graduated midfielder Claire Donegan (21 goals, 22 assists). Burt was the lone goaltender in the NESCAC in the top five in goals against average (7.07, 3rd), save percentage (.556, 1st), and saves per game (7.14). She finished with a 10-3 record and made 100 saves. Sophomore goalie Claire Dickson (Darien, Conn.) started four games and played in eight while finishing with a perfect 5-0 record in her first year.

Joining Pistel in the midfield will be returners Sara Miller (Andover, Mass., 10 goals, 2 assists), Hilary Barr (Ridgewood, N.J., 7 goals, 5 assists), Lucy Gerrity (Cumberland, Maine, 4 goals), Dori McAuliffe (McLean, Va.), Abby Hatch (Wilbraham, Mass.), and Lindsay McCabe (Weston, Mass.).

While McKenna is Colby's leading returning scorer, the Mules are loaded with other offensive talent. Junior attacker Sarah Lux (Fayetteville, N.Y.) led the Mules in assists (28) and was tied with Pistel in scoring with 39 points. Junior Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.) likely was on her way to an All-American season, with 14 goals and 16 assists in just nine games before missing the rest of the season with an injury. Katie Griffin (Duxbury, Mass., 24 goals, 2 assists), Tess Petesch (Rockville, Md., 18 goals, 8 assists), and Alex Mintz (Mountain Lakes, N.J., 18 goals, 7 assists) all had 25 points or more. Catherine Kahl (Alexandria, Va.) is back for her senior year after missing last season due to injury and Paige Pearson (Ridgewood, N.J.) also returns on attack.

The Mules also have eight first-year players on the roster -- including one goalie, one attacker, two defenders, and four midfielders.

The Mules are 15-1 on Bill Alfond Field the past two years and 38-9 in the last six years.

2013 Season Outlook

WATERVILLE, Maine --- With three All-Americans returning and eight of the top 10 scorers back from a year ago, the Colby College women's lacrosse team wants to take the next step and get past the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Sixth-year head coach Karen MacCrate Henning has talent all over the field, starting with two-time All-American midfielder Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.). Pistel was tied for third in scoring last year with 28 goals and 11 assists for 39 points, plus added 28 ground balls, 21 caused turnovers, and 19 draw controls. Pistel heads into her final year with 83 goals and 29 assists for 112 points. She also has 93 ground balls, 78 draw controls, and 65 caused turnovers.

Pistel, a co-captain this year, and her teammates helped Colby make the NCAA tourney last year for the fifth year in a row and the sixth time in program history. The Mules have made it past the opening two rounds the last three years only to fall in quarterfinal contests.

While Pistel will anchor the midfield, All-American junior attacker Lindsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) returns after leading the Mules in scoring a year ago with 45 goals and eight assists for 53 points. She heads into the season with 88 goals and 12 assists for 100 points in just two seasons. McKenna was sixth in the NESCAC in scoring, tied for fifth in goals, and was fourth in game-winning goals (4). She also led the Mules in draw controls (30) and free-position goals (8).

Junior defender Kirsten Karis (Southborough, Mass.) is the other returning All-American after a wildly successful change from midfield to defense. After the Mules lost two all-league players to graduation, Karis moved in back and led Colby in ground balls (38) and caused turnovers (28). Karis was fifth in the NESCAC in caused turnovers and 10th in ground balls.

Senior co-captain Lisa Hoopes (Ipswich, Mass.) also returns on defense after scooping up 16 ground balls and causing 15 turnovers. Meg Mooney (Wellesley, Mass., 23 ground balls, 14 caused turnovers) also gives the Mules senior leadership in back. Sarah Large (Bow, N.H.) and Caroline Keaveney (Greenwich, Conn.) are other returners on defense.

Junior goalie Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) earned IWLCA All-Region honors last year along with Pistel, McKenna, Karis, and graduated midfielder Claire Donegan (21 goals, 22 assists). Burt was the lone goaltender in the NESCAC in the top five in goals against average (7.07, 3rd), save percentage (.556, 1st), and saves per game (7.14). She finished with a 10-3 record and made 100 saves. Sophomore goalie Claire Dickson (Darien, Conn.) started four games and played in eight while finishing with a perfect 5-0 record in her first year.

Joining Pistel in the midfield will be returners Sara Miller (Andover, Mass., 10 goals, 2 assists), Hilary Barr (Ridgewood, N.J., 7 goals, 5 assists), Lucy Gerrity (Cumberland, Maine, 4 goals), Dori McAuliffe (McLean, Va.), Abby Hatch (Wilbraham, Mass.), and Lindsay McCabe (Weston, Mass.).

While McKenna is Colby's leading returning scorer, the Mules are loaded with other offensive talent. Junior attacker Sarah Lux (Fayetteville, N.Y.) led the Mules in assists (28) and was tied with Pistel in scoring with 39 points. Junior Katharine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.) likely was on her way to an All-American season, with 14 goals and 16 assists in just nine games before missing the rest of the season with an injury. Katie Griffin (Duxbury, Mass., 24 goals, 2 assists), Tess Petesch (Rockville, Md., 18 goals, 8 assists), and Alex Mintz (Mountain Lakes, N.J., 18 goals, 7 assists) all had 25 points or more. Catherine Kahl (Alexandria, Va.) is back for her senior year after missing last season due to injury and Paige Pearson (Ridgewood, N.J.) also returns on attack.

The Mules also have eight first-year players on the roster -- including one goalie, one attacker, two defenders, and four midfielders.