The women’s lacrosse team faced off against Middlebury, Colby and Skidmore in the past week. The 17th ranked Jeffs upset 8th-ranked Middlebury last Wednesday with a 14-11 win, but fell to 10th-ranked Colby on Saturday. They held on after losing a six-goal lead to beat Skidmore 11-10 Tuesday night. The Jeffs are 8-4 overall and 3-4 in NESCAC play.
Hillary Densen ’13 scored the opening goal against Middlebury, but the Panthers quickly retaliated with three goals in three minutes for a 3-1 lead. The Jeffs responded with a three-goal run of their own to take the lead 4-3 with 6:34 left in the half, but the momentum would change hands yet again. Middlebury scored another pair of goals with 2:25 to go until the break, but Densen scored with just two seconds remaining to tie the game 5-5.
The Panthers came back from the break ready to play, and scored another pair of goals to regain the lead. The Jeffs called a well-timed timeout and put away four goals in a 3:23 span to take a 9-7 lead. Kelley Trapp ’11 started the run, Marta Randall ’13 added another two goals and Allie Horwitz ’11 pushed the Jeffs out of the one-goal range at 9-7.
The teams traded the next eight goals, with Annelies O’Dea ‘14 scoring the next point for the Jeffs. Randall continued to fend off the Panthers with the Jeffs’ next three goals before Trapp finished them off with 39 seconds to play for the final score of 14-11. Randall scored a game-high six goals, while O’Dea racked up three of her own. Densen and Trapp each added a pair of goals for the Jeffs.
The Jeffs three-game winning streak was broken on Saturday by Colby College. O’Dea and Randall started the game off to give the Jeffs a 2-0 jump on the Mules. Colby responded with three goals, but Wyatt Davis ’13 stopped the run to tie the game up at 3-3. O’Dea assisted classmate Alex Philie ’14, who put away a quick shot to give the Jeffs a 4-3 edge. The Mules scored again before the half, setting the teams at 4-4 at the break. The Jeffs needed to clean up their play, as they had nine turnovers in the first half, three of which directly resulted in Colby goals.
Colby came out full throttle after the half with a four-goal run, doubling the Jeffs score at 8-4. Davis sent a pass to Horwitz, who cut the deficit to 8-5, but the Mules scored again to maintain their four-goal lead. Horwitz scored again, and O’Dea put away a shot with 44.6 seconds to play, but at 9-7 the game was already out of reach. Before the game, the Jeffs honored seniors Liz Foye, Gigi Maturo, Robyn Lightner and Trapp. The class of 2011 holds a 39-21 record and is 22-5 at home.
The Jeffs managed to fend off Skidmore’s ferocious second-half comeback and eke out an 11-10 win on Tuesday night. Skidmore opened the game 50 seconds in, but the next seven goals would go to the Jeffs, with seven different scorers getting in on the action. The Thoroughbreds scored again before the break, setting the score at 7-2 at the half.
O’Dea scored on a free-position goal early into the second half, but Skidmore soon took back the momentum with a vengeance. They rallied and scored seven of the next eight goals to tie the game at 9-9. Horwitz sent a pass to O’Dea from behind the net to take back the lead with 5:57 to play, but the Thoroughbreds scored another equalizer at the 5:11 mark.
The teams remained scoreless until there were just 26 seconds left, when Randall put away a free-position attempt to give the Jeffs an 11-10 edge. Goalie MC McClellan ’14 pulled through for the Jeffs and blocked a point-blank shot with three seconds on the clock to hang on to the win.
The Jeffs travel to Wesleyan on Saturday for another conference game.