A Record Season

 

Women's lacrosse just completed the most successful season in the team's 28-year history

 

Spring Sports Season Wrap-Ups

BASEBALL, winless in 2005's hard-luck season, rebounded strongly, winning 10 games and competing in nearly all of its games, finishing with a 10-21 record with many of the top starters returning next year. ANDY CARR '07 led the Mules in batting average (.408), total hits (49), doubles (13), homers (4), RBI (37), and slugging percentage (.633). Carr earned NESCAC first team all-conference honors. RODDY AMES '06 (.356) had just one error at first base, while TYLER HALES '06 batted .315.

SOFTBALL finished with an 11-20 record after a difficult spring break schedule in Florida, where it lost to powerhouses Luther College and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The team battled back for wins over the University of Southern Maine and Oberlin before heading back to Maine. The brightest spot of the Florida trip was the return of pitcher LAUREN OLMSTED '06, who missed nearly her entire junior season with a thumb fractured on the 2005 Florida trip. This year Olmsted took a 2-1 win over USM down south, and her most rewarding win was the last of her college career—a nine-inning, 3-2 victory over Tufts where she gave up no earned runs.

2006 was a year of improvement for MEN'S LACROSSE, which finished with a 6-8 record. The season highlight was a 17-9 win over Tufts, ranked 15th in the nation at that point. CADDY BROOKS '09 was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year and earned a league Player of the Week honor in April. The offense scored 140 goals, 52 more than the previous year. The defense anchored the team, keeping opponents just under 10 goals a game.

In WOMEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD, JESS MINTY '06 and ANNA KING '08 each qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship meet, where Minty finished ninth in the 10,000 meters and King was 10th in the 3,000 steeplechase. Minty won the 10,000 meters at the NESCAC Championships, where MELISSA CIANCIOLO '07 was second in the javelin, and King placed third in the steeplechase. Minty was second in the 1,500 meters at the New England Division III Championship meet, while HILLARY EASTER '06 took third in the steeplechase.

In MEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD, JASON FOSTER '06 finished his career in style, earning All-America honors by placing fourth in the hammer throw at the NCAA Division III Championship meet in May. Foster also earned All-America honors during the indoor track season in the 35-pound weight throw.

WOMEN'S CREW made the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships for the fourth time in five years. The varsity eight finished the season with a 13-3 dual race record, finished fifth at the New England Rowing Championships and sixth at the ECAC National Invitational Regatta, and earned an at-large selection to the 2006 NCAA Women's Rowing Championship. The second varsity eight had a tremendous season, recording the highest finishes at the New England Championships and the ECAC National Invitational Regatta since 2003. KATIE CURTIS '06 and VALERIE FRIEDMAN '06 were named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association's All-American first team, making Colby the only program to place two athletes on the first team.

The 2005-06 MEN'S CREW season carried momentum from the 2005 Henley Royal Regatta where the 2004-05 squad became the first Colby men's crew to win an international race. This spring season featured a series of close races against NESCAC's perennially strong competition. The highlight was a ninth-place finish at the New England Rowing Championships and selection to the ECAC National Invitational Regatta.

After a 10-5 spring season and with the top three singles players—BRYAN BROWN '09, BRODY SAUNDERS '08, and ZACH SCHUMAN '08—all returning, MEN'S TENNIS should be tough in 2007. Brown tied with BEN CRANE '06 for the team lead in total wins with 23, while Schuman finished with 22 victories. Saunders joined the team for the spring season and contributed 16 wins. TIM FUHRIMAN '09 added 20 victories for the Mules and ALEX CHIN '09 added 12 wins in his first season.

ALLISON DUNN '07 went to the NCAA Division III Tournament for singles play for the first time in spring WOMEN'S TENNIS action. Dunn, with a 68-38 overall college record in singles and doubles, has a chance at 100 career victories. The team finished the 2006 spring season with a 7-9 overall record. TRACY NALE '07 played second singles this spring and first singles in the fall while Dunn was abroad. Nale led the team in total wins with 21. ANNA ERDHEIM '06 had 17 victories and LAUREN UHLMANN '06 finished with 15 wins.

The numbers: 13-2 in the regular season, 7-2 in the very competitive NESCAC ranks, and 14-4 overall. The .778 winning percentage ranks as the most successful in the 28-year history of women's lacrosse at Colby.

After capturing third place in NESCAC, Colby earned its sixth straight trip to the conference tournament and then received the program's first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament bid.

The season saw a record 11-game winning streak, beginning with early wins over top-ranked Williams and Colorado College and culminating with a victory over Bowdoin.

The only regular-season losses were to Middlebury, then ranked second in the nation, and an overtime loss to sixth-ranked Amherst. Colby's season ended in the NCAA tournament regional finals with a close loss to Bowdoin.

Attacker Allie Libby '07, midfielder Kate Sheridan '09, and goalkeeper Catharine O'Brien '07 were named IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-Americans. Libby is just the second player in program history to earn first-team honors, and as a second-team pick Sheridan is the first first-year player named an All-American. O'Brien made the third team.

Those three, defender Liz Morbeck '07, and attacker Elizabeth Ghilardi '06 were all regional All-America first-team picks and Libba Cox '07 was second team. Head coach Heidi Godomsky was the New England Regional and NESCAC Coach of the Year.

Colby finished ranked second in the nation in Division III for scoring offense (16 goals per game) and 11th in scoring margin. The team set school records for goals, assists, and points.
 
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