NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's lacrosse team fell to No. 10 Colby by a 12-7 score on a cold and blustery Saturday afternoon at Silfen Field.
Connecticut College got off to a quick start by scoring the first two goals of the contest. Senior captain Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) capitalized on a free position attempt at 27:41, and sophomore Hannah Lombard (Ipswich, Mass.) doubled the margin less than four minutes later by finishing a pass from classmate Julia Loesch (Charlotte, N.C.).
The Mules, however, responded by netting four unanswered in a span of 8:09 to take a lead they would never surrender despite being challenged by the hosts. Junior Meghan Corcoran (West Hartford, Conn.) set up back-to-back markers to tie the game at 4-all with 12 minutes remaining, but Colby responded by getting consecutive goals from Kate Burkett and Grace Langmuir off of free position attempts.
Even though the Camels were able to slice the deficit down to one at 6-5 by the break, Colby was able to fend off an attempted rally in the opening minutes of the second half when Robyn Pirie and Bridget Horwood each found Langmuir at 26:14 and 23:40, respectively. Pirie then completely took over the game offensively, tallying four more goals with the last one coming on a free position attempt with 1:37 remaining to seal the final outcome.
Pirie finished with five points on four goals and one assist to lead the way for Colby (4-1, NESCAC 3-1), which won 15 draws and had a 28-19 advantage in total shots. She factored into five of the six Mule goals in the second half after being held in check throughout the first frame. Langmuir tallied a hat trick, won five draws, picked up three ground balls, and caused two turnovers. Goalie Izzy Scribano made eight saves to earn the win between the pipes.
Navoni finished the game with four goals, two draw controls, and one assist to pace Connecticut College. Abbie Cronin caused three turnovers and picked up three ground balls defensively, while juniors Kelly Brigham (Norwich, Vt.) and Erica Hesser (Rye, N.H.) each combined for five ground balls and five caused turnovers. Sophomore Nina Fazio (East Longmeadow, Mass.) had another strong effort in net by redirecting 10 shots.
Connecticut College (2-5, NESCAC 0-4) wraps up a short homestand when it hosts Framingham State on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.