EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Colby women's lacrosse traveled to The College of New Jersey for its first-round matchup in the NCAA tournament. The Mules had not played since their loss against Wesleyan in the NESCAC tournament, over two weeks prior. Rain spattered Ewing Township as the two teams took the field and promised an intensity level worthy of the NCAA tournament.
TCNJ scored two early goals while the Mules found their footing after their long break to take the first lead, but Colby settled and answered quickly. Taylor Moore assisted Emma Banks for the Mules' first goal of the game and then quickly added her own to tie the game at 2-2. The Lions' used crisp passing around the net to continue their pressure on the Mules' defense, however, and scored four times in the next five minutes to a take a 6-2 lead. Colby attack Grace Langmuir buried a feed from Lyla Jones to bring the Mules to within three goals, but the Lions scored the last two of the half to lead 8-3 at the break.
The rain and wind blustered as the intensity grew and the second half saw even play from the two teams. Grace Langmuir netted her second goal of the game just two minutes into the half to cut the Lions' lead to 8-4. Neither team scored for the next ten minutes as both defenses continually forced turnovers that prolonged the stalemate, but TCNJ finally broke the drought taking a 9-4 lead. Colby quickly answered when Langmuir added her third goal of the game, but the Lions scored the next two, taking an 11-5 lead in the final 15 minutes. Colby did not go quietly. Emma Banks added her second goal of the game, and then Robyn Pirie finished the scoring to bring the Mules to within four goals, but it was not enough and, despite outscoring the Lions in the second half, Colby fell 11-7.
After coming in early in the first half to replace Emily Podgorni, goalie Izzy Scribano had a strong game, making seven saves out of 12 shots on goal. Sarah Stark gave the Mules aggressive play on defense, causing two turnovers, securing four draw controls, and collecting five ground balls.