Women’s lacrosse dominates second half in win

Colby Echo (Danny Hoenig)

(From left to right) Robyn Pirie ’21, Kate Burkett ’19, and Sasha Fritts ’18 celebrate another goal for the Colby women’s lacrosse team. There were plenty of goals to celebrate on Saturday in their 18–7 win over Williams. Fritts led the team in scoring with five goals and having an assists, while Burkett had a goal, as well. The team will look to build on their back-to-back wins as they close the season against Trinity and Bates.

A home game for the Colby women’s lacrosse team against the 2–5 Williams squad meant more than just an opportunity to improve conference standings. This Saturday was the last conference home game for eight very important seniors. The senior game was one of fierce competition and excitement, but also of nostalgia and celebration, where the Mules came out victorious 18–7.

Leading up to the game, the women’s lacrosse team had an overall record of 7–5 and a conference record of 3–5, but of their five NESCAC losses, just two have been by multiple scores. The other three games were lost by only one point, including an overtime loss to Wesleyan. With decisive wins over out-of-conference teams, Connecticut College, and a previously-unbeaten Middlebury, the Mules understood their potential and continued to work fervently to meet the high expectations that they have set for themselves. Saturday’s game against Williams was a chance for Colby to move back up the NESCAC standings, and show that they are still strong candidates for a back-to-back NESCAC championship.

12 p.m. finally came, the team was ready to take on Williams. Colby started off strong, capturing a quick lead with four unanswered goals in just ten minutes of play. As the first half progressed, Williams began to catch stride and was able to tie the score at 6–6 with 1:33 left.

“There was kind of a period at the end of the first half,” said midfielder Grace Langmuir ’21, “where Williams went on a run with a couple of quick goals. We realized that we really had to pick it up, and with a change in attitude we were able to score two goals at the end of the half.”

Colby’s Kendall Smith ’18 strung a pass through to Sasha Fritts ’18, who ripped a shot past the Williams goalie with 27 seconds left in the first half. Just eight seconds later, Smith scored again to put Colby up by two as time expired, giving the team a surge of momentum heading into the locker room.

Whatever speech head coach Karen Henning or the senior leaders gave at half time, it worked. The Colby team that stepped back onto the field for the second half was a new team entirely. Led by eight passionate senior veterans, Colby racked up a whopping ten goals in the second half while only conceding one, and at the final whistle the scoreboard read Colby 18, Williams seven. Of these eight senior leaders, Fritts scored five goals with an assist, Smith scored six goals with three assists, Maddie Hatch ’18 scored once and all eight seniors got valuable minutes on the field.

The game was dedicated to the seniors, all of whom made valuable contributions to the team on and off the field for the last four years. Langmuir acknowledged that “while only three are captains, all eight of the seniors play significant roles on the team. They all have high expectations for themselves and for others, and they want nothing more than to help the team meet its goals. They are just an amazing senior class.”

Senior day included a decorated locker room, fat heads of each senior in the fan section and a celebration with the senior class parents. Looking forward, Colby Women’s Lacrosse is hungry for more victories in their upcoming games against Southern Methodist University this Tuesday, and then NESCAC rivals Trinity and Bates next week. Colby currently stands in seventh place in the NESCAC, and will need to continue its hardwork in order to win its two remaining conference games to solidify its spot in the top eight for NESCAC playoffs.