Spring athletics highlights include runners setting Colby records, women’s lacrosse making it to the national NCAA tournament, and a men’s lacrosse player considering going pro. (Story updated May 24)
Relay Teams Set School Records for Colby Women’s Track
The 1,600-meter relay team of Emily Doyle ’16, Frances Onyilagha ’14, Emily Tolman ’16, and Brittney Bell ’13 broke Colby’s record for the event for the third straight week at the Open New England Women’s Track and Field Championships May 11 at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. On Thursday, May 23 they trimmed more than three and a half seconds off their record time in the first heat at the national NCAA DIII outdoor track meet to qualify for Saturday’s final.
Finishing in fourth place, the team (which was fourth at indoor NCAA nationals) had a time of 3:49.98 to become the first Colby 1,600 relay to break 3:50.0. The Mules won the 1,600 at the New England Division III Championships in a time of 3:51.75 at Colby and set a NESCAC meet record and College record with a 3:51.97 at the league championships April 27.
Colby finished second among Division III schools to Rhode Island College (3:49.52), which finished third at the New England Division III meet. University of Massachusetts at Lowell won the relay in 3:44.29 and University of New Haven was second in 3:45.49.
The 3,200 relay team of Laura Duff ’13, Ginny Keesler ’13, Alanna McDonough ’16, and Morgan Lingar ’13 also broke a Colby record with a time of 9:20.43 in taking ninth place in the event. The Mules were third among Division III schools. The old Colby record was 9:22.19 set in 2006.
Colby Women’s Lacrosse Falls in NCAA Second Round
Women’s lacrosse lost in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, losing 11-9 close game to the College of New Jersey at Trinity College May 11.
Colby ends the season at 13-5 overall, losing only to top-10 teams.
In her final game Tess Petesch ’13 had three goals to lead the Mules, who had a 30-20 shot advantage and a 13-3 margin in ground balls. Three-time All-American Kate Pistel ’13 also played her final contest, scoring twice and dishing one assist to go over 150 career points. She finished her career with 110 goals and 41 assists for 151 points.
Colby defeated Lasell College in the first round May 8. The Mules ended the regular season strongly, defeating Bates in the last regular-season game, Amherst in the NESCAC quarterfinal, and losing to third-ranked Middlebury in an 11-10 heartbreaker after leading 10-6 in the NESCAC semifinal.
All-Americans Pistel ’13 and Lindsey McKenna ’15, and attacker Katharine Eddy ’14 led the team into the playoffs. Eddy leads the Mules with 21 goals and 30 assists for 51 points, including two goals and three assists against Middlebury. McKenna is second for Colby with 43 goals and four assists for 47 points.
Pistel and McKenna were named to the All-NESCAC first team, while Eddy, Michelle Burt ’14, and Kirsten Karis ’14 were named to the second team. (More on women’s lacrosse.)
Deveau Best In NESCAC
Ian Deveau ’13 is the top men’s lacrosse player in a very competitive conference.
Deveau, a former NESCAC rookie of the year and three-time all-conference midfielder, was named NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Year in May. Deveau, said head coach Justin Domingos, “embodies what playing college lacrosse is all about.”
The Portsmouth, R.I., resident finished his career ranked fifth in scoring in the history of men’s lacrosse at Colby with 99 goals and 80 assists for 179 career points. He is sixth all-time in goals, sixth in assists, and tied for sixth for most points in a season (52 in 2013). Deveau ranks first in the conference in points per game (3.71) this year, with 36 goals and 16 assists for 52 points.
With his college lacrosse career behind him, Deveau is planning to head for California, hoping to play for a new league, the LXM Pro Tour. Already competing in LXM is Whit McCarthy ’10, who plays for Team Maverik. Also playing in the pro ranks are Caddy Brooks ’09, who was drafted this spring by the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse, and Craig Bunker ’11, in his second season with the Cannons.