Women’s lacrosse made it to the NCAA Division III quarterfinal game for the first time in the program’s history, hanging with top-ranked Hamilton College before falling 14-9.
The game, at Hamilton May 16, capped another strong season for Colby, as they made the NESCAC title game for the fourth-straight year. Colby finished the season 15-5.
With the post-season finale, six seniors finished their Colby lacrosse careers, including two-time All-America standouts Amy Campbell and Caroline Duke, and veterans Carly Rapaport, Caroline Atwater, Keryn Meierdiercks, and Kathleen Kramer.
Leading the team into the future will be Kate Pistel ’13, selected for the Womenslacrosse.com All-Rookie Team. Pistel had a strong first year, finishing fourth on the team in scoring with 28 goals and four assists for 32 points.
In their NCAA quarter-final debut, the Mules gave up quick goals in the opening minutes of each half but stayed with Hamilton for most of the game.
That tenacity and teamwork served Colby well the previous day in its second-round match-up, in which the ninth-ranked Mules stopped fifth-ranked Cortland State in a thrilling 10-9 come-from-behind win.
Colby trailed 9-6 with 12 minutes left to play but four goals from four different players-including the game-winner from Anne Geraghty ’11 with just over four minutes left- sealed the victory.
“That’s what was so exciting,” said Colby head coach Karen MacCrate Henning. “They tried to checkdown our top scorers and that meant different people had to step up-and they did. Or defense was a total
team effort as well, really working together as a unit.”