Weekend recap with the Mules
Colby Echo (Dylan Paul)
Women’s Lacrosse takes Middlebury in Home Victory
Colby Women’s Lacrosse, formerly ranked 21st in the nation, beat the fourth-ranked Middlebury lacrosse team, 14–12 in a thrilling match this Saturday. Colby stormed the field, starting the game with four unanswered goals in the first 15 minutes, and leading 6–5 into the half. The game was tied 12–12 with only three minutes to play, but Grace Crowell ’20 managed to score to win the game. Kendall Smith ’18 was the high scorer of the game with five goals.
Crew Opens Season with Mixed Results
Men’s Crew had mixed results at the spring opening regatta in Worcester, Mass. this weekend, competing against Wesleyan, Hamilton, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the University of Massachusetts. The four-man boat placed second out of five boats, with a time of 7:17.4, just over three seconds behind the winner, WPI. While the varsity four-man boat beat out three boats, both the first and second varsity eight-man boats placed fifth of five boats in their two races, with times of 6:23.5 and 6:38.0 respectively.
Despite entering the season ranked 14th in the Division III rankings, Women’s Crew, led by captains Katy Donchik ’18, Renata Levine ’18 and Elli Mapstone ’19, placed last out of the first varsity boats at their opening regatta this weekend against second-ranked Wesleyan University, seventh-rankedWPI, 11-ranked Pacific Lutheran University and Smith College. The first varsity boat had a time of 7:29. The second varsity boat placed also finished in fifth out of five second varsity boats, with a time of 7:31.
Both teams will look to improve their finishes as they travel to Lowell, Mass.for their second regatta of the year.
Men’s Lacrosse Suffers Close Defeat to Middlebury
The Colby men’s lacrosse team couldn’t get the shots of when they needed to in order to pull out a win against Middlebury College, ultimately falling 11–10. The teams entered the game evenly matched, Colby with a 1–4 conference record to Middlebury’s 2–4. The game was highlighted by a breakout performance from Don Vivian ’19, who led the team in scoring against the Panthers with three goals and two assists. Tucker Dietrick ’18 and C.J. Hassan ’20 also continued to be forces on attack, as they have done all season, scoring three goals a two goals respectively. With 15 goals apiece, the two have scored nearly 40 percent of the team’s goals this season. Unfortunately, the Colby attack just could not get as many open looks as Middlebury did. The Panthers outshot the Mules 49–31.
Goalie C.J. Layton ’19 continued his strong season this game. He saved over 60% of the shots that came his way. He is now fifth in the NESCAC in both saves (107) and save percentage (53.2), but in this game he gave up one goal too many. With the loss, the team’s record drops to 3–5, 1–5 against NESCAC opponents. Colby will look to bounce back from two straight losses with a road stretch, beginning with a matchup against Bowdoin College. Their next game will be a winnable one, as the Mules take on Williams College this Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m.
Softball Pounced by Polar Bears, Continues Search for First Conference Victory
Ranked fifth in the East Division, Softball had a difficult tripleheader against the second-ranked Bowdoin. Colby lost both games on Saturday with a score of 12–0. Holly Lallis ’19 had hits in both games. In Sunday’s home game The Mules lost 13–1, with Lolo Niemiec ’21 coming home off a double by Paige Hartnett ’19 to score their only run of the game. The team hopes to turn it around next weekend against Tufts University.