Women's lacrosse in playoffs Saturday for 17th straight year

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College women's lacrosse program will begin a 17th straight season of playing in the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs when the fourth-seeded Mules host fifth-seeded Wesleyan University in a quarterfinal game on Saturday at noon on Bill Alfond Field.

Colby, ranked sixth in the country and winners of 10 straight games, has been in every league playoff championship since the NESCAC started a playoff system in 2001. Middlebury College and Amherst College are the only other schools to play all 17 years.

The Mules (12-3 overall) finished in a tie for first place with Middlebury, Hamilton College, and Trinity College at 8-2 in the regular season standings. Through the tie-breaker system, the Mules were the fourth seed.

Colby will get a tough assignment Saturday, with the Cardinals (11-4) playing very well. The Mules took a 12-6 win over Wesleyan at Bill Alfond Field on April 1, but the Cardinals have won five of the final six conference games. The five league wins were all by five goals or more.

Colby's Emilie Klein was the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Offensive Player of the Week and the NESCAC Player of the Week for her big games against Middlebury and Colorado College last week. She leads the NESCAC in caused turnovers with 30.

Lexie Perticone is tied for first in the league in assists (22) and tied for third in points (53). Sasha Fritts, the IWLCA Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending April 16, and teammate Kendall Smith both have 37 goals and five assists. 

Colby goalie Izzy Scribano ranks third in the NESCAC in save percentage (50.9) and fourth in goals against average (7.08). 

Wesleyan senior attacker Liana Mathias leads in scoring with 28 goals and 14 assists for 42 points. Rachel Aronow and Meredith Smith both have 27 goals and nine assists. Abby Manning leads the Cardinals in goals with 31.

2017 NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship

Saturday, April 29 at Higher Seeds  

Quarterfinal Games

No. 8 Amherst at No. 1 Middlebury – 12 p.m.

No. 7 Bowdoin at No. 2 Hamilton – 12 p.m.

No. 6 Tufts at No. 3 Trinity – 12 p.m.

No. 5 Wesleyan at No. 4 Colby – 12 p.m.

Saturday, May 6 at Highest Remaining Seed

Semifinal Games – 12 p.m./2:30 p.m.

Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed

Remaining Quarterfinal Round Winners

Sunday, May 7 at Semifinal Site

Final – 1 p.m.

Semifinal Winners