Posted: Feb 28, 2019
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Head coach Karen Henning, winner of three New England Small College Athletic Conference titles, will have one of her youngest teams heading into her 12th year with the Colby College women's lacrosse team.
The 19th-ranked Mules (9-7 overall last year) open the season at sixth-ranked Amherst College at noon Saturday. Colby has its home opener Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. against University of New England on Bill Alfond Field.
Henning has just five seniors on one of her biggest rosters, featuring 35 players.
"We are a young team full of energy and passion," said Henning, who has a 144-54 record at Colby and a 247-75 career mark. "Our leadership is strong and committed to making the most of this season. Our focus is to improve every day and make those around us better."
Senior attacker Bridget Horwood (Scarsdale, N.Y.), senior midfielder Kate Burkett (Larchmont, N.Y.), and senior goaltender Izzy Scribano (pictured, Darien, Conn.) will lead the Mules as tri-captains. Horwood had six goals and five assists last year, Burkett had three goals and is a strong defensive midfielder, and Scribano has been a three-year starter in goal and has 24 career wins and 274 saves.
The Mules lose their top two scorers from a year ago, but junior attacker Emma Banks (North Haven, Conn.) returns after a breakout season. She finished with 26 goals and seven assists for 33 points, was tied for the team lead in free-position goals (9), and was first in shooting percentage (59.1).
Colby will need offensive production from sophomore attackers Grace Langmuir (Providence, R.I.) and Taylor Moore (Weston, Conn.). Langmuir had 13 goals, eight assists, and was second on the Mules in draw controls (30). Moore finished with 12 goals and five assists
Robyn Pirie (Ipswich, Mass., 6 goals, 6 assists), Lyla Jones (McLean, Va., 5 goals, 4 assists), Banks Dotson (Houston, Texas, 6 goals, 2 assists), and McGara DeWan (Glen Rock, N.J., 4 goals, 1 assist) also will play on attack. DeWan was key on draw controls with 23. Sophomore Olivia McCabe (Weston, Mass.) and first-years Thea Reddin (Charlotte, N.C.) and Grace Toner (Weston, Conn.) will look to contribute.
Junior midfielder Grace Crowell (Medfield, Mass.) was a strong all-around player with nine goals, four assists, 22 ground balls, 28 draw controls, and 11 caused turnovers.
Besides Crowell, the Mules will be least experienced in the midfield. Sophomore Gwen Geisler (West Hartford, Conn., 3 goals) returns along with Shannon Groskopf (Summit, N.J., 2 goals), Amelia Lubrano (Hanover, N.H., 1 goal), and Julia Maser (Princeton, N.J.).
Colby will have four first-year midfielders looking to get quality time. Hallie Schwartzman (Kennebunk, Maine), Zoe Lash (Wilton, Conn.), Chiamaka Ubani (Elmont, N.Y.), and Eliza Dean (San Francisco, Calif.) look to make an impact.
The Mules lose All-American Jackie Brokaw to graduation, but have big numbers in back. Junior Melinda Edie (Dedham, Mass.) led Colby in ground balls (39) and caused turnovers (28) while earning all-region honors for the second straight year. Juniors Kelsey Otley (Cumberland Center, Maine, 17 GB, 14 CT) and Kayla Luparello (Bedford Hills, N.Y., 18 GB, 11 CT) both started last year.
Junior Kristin Yorke (Fair Haven, N.J.) and sophomores Ellie Hedison (Acton, Mass.) and Emily Schaefer (Glen Rock, N.J.) also return on defense. First-years Hannah Corey (Yarmouth, Maine), Lauren Jennings (Darien, Conn.), Sarah Stark (Pittsford, N.Y.), Tess Krensky (Mount Kisco, N.Y.), and Emily Simas (Topsfield, Mass.) are newcomers.
While Scribano started 14 of the 16 games last year, sophomore Hannah Marino (Peabody, Mass.) had a 2-0 record and a 57.1 save percentage in about 170 minutes of action. First-year Emily Podgorni (Littleton, Mass.) also plays in goal.