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Pirie, Banks lead relentless attack in Mules' victory over Bantams

WATERVILLE, Maine – Colby women's lacrosse took the field under the lights against visiting Trinity for their noontime contest with the Bantams. Rain darkened the sky but could not dampen the Mules' spirits, as Colby celebrated the careers of their five seniors before the game began. Bridget Horwood, Kate Burkett, Banks Dotson, McGara DeWan, and Izzy Scribano will be graduating this year for the Mules.

Although Trinity 's Mary French scored just over a minute into the game, Colby continued their high-energy approach, tying the game quickly when Robyn Pirie netted the Mules' first goal on a pass from Emma Banks. Catalyzed by McGara DeWan, whose work at center helped the Mules secure eighty percent of the first half draws, Colby kept up a relentless attack. Banks scored on a free position shot just a minute after Pirie's goal before Grace Langmuir followed Banks with a free position goal of her own. Bridget Horwood started another run for the Mules when she scored on a free position shot ten minutes later. Crisp passing and quick cuts helped Robyn Pirie and Emma Banks add goals for Colby before Trinity was able to slow the Mules' momentum with their second goal of the game. This would be the only first-half offense the Bantams could find, however. Pirie netted her third goal before assisting Langmuir on her second, and the Mules carried an 8-2 lead into halftime.

Trinity threatened again when Annie Lyman scored just 40 seconds into the second half, but the Mules would reset and played lockdown defense, holding the Bantams scoreless for the next 16 minutes. Meanwhile, Colby's offense went to work again, answering Trinity's quick goal when Kate Burkett finished on an assist from Dewan. The goal ignited a second-half run and Pirie quickly added her fourth of the game before finding Banks, who buried her third. Six minutes later, Horwood found Amelia Lubrano, who capped off the Mules' flurry with her first goal of the contest. Trinity generated some late offense, scoring three times in the last 13 minutes, but Colby's defense remained disciplined despite the slippery playing conditions and held the Bantams to just four second-half goals. Grace Crowell sealed the game for the Mules when she scored off of Grace Toner's assist, helping Colby to a 13-6 victory.

In response to the Mules' unselfish offense and unrelenting pressure on defense, assistant coach Renee Olsen described the win as a "total team effort. [They were] connected on all cylinders." Emily Podgorni had four saves in goal for Colby, who moves to 8-5 on the season and into a tie for 6th place in the NESCAC standings.

The Mules next play against Bates College at home on Wednesday at 4:30 PM (EST) for their last regular season game.