Field hockey continues their quest for spot in playoffs

Colby Field Hockey played its final home game of the season against Hamilton this past Saturday, falling 4-1 to the Continentals. The Mules fell to 6-8 overall (2-7 NESCAC), while the Continentals continued their recent hot streak to move to 10-4 overall (7-3 NESCAC). Hamilton has now won five games in a row and has defeated Amherst, Williams, and Bowdoin in that stretch. Despite its league record, Colby is still in the playoff race, dependent on yesterday’s results against Bates and the outcome of Conn. and Wesleyan’s upcoming matches.

Whether or not the Mules make the playoffs depends on a series of tie-breakers further complicated by the three-way tie. Factoring into the tie-breakers are the team’s individual records against each other, the most conference wins, and each team’s individual record against the top four teams, among other elements. If none of the tiebreakers can determine who gets the final spot, then the eighth seed will be chosen by a coin toss.

Before the game, Colby honored the following five seniors, all playing in the last home game of their careers: Tori Brown ’16, McKayla Blanch ’16, Caroline Ferguson ’16, Hannah Hearn ’16 and Kaleigh Hoffman ’16. Despite the festivities, the Mules struggled out of the gate, quickly falling behind 1-0 on a Hamilton goal around eight minutes into the first half. Benefitting from a 17-7 shot advantage in the first half, the Continentals tacked on another two goals. The end of the first half left the Mules left staring at a 3-0 deficit.

Hamilton kept a similar shot advantage in the second half (16 to Colby’s 9), and the Continentals scored another goal 18 minutes into the second half to make it 4-0. Colby’s response came just a couple minutes later when Meredith Keenan ’18 scored unassisted after Hamilton’s failure to clear the ball left her with a shot from just inside the circle. That goal came with just 5:39 to play, and the Mules gained confidence despite their 4-1 deficit, nearly scoring again on their very next possession. Time expired without another Mule goal, however, and the game ended at 4-1 in favor of the Continentals.

Colby played its final regular season game against NESCAC rival Bates yesterday. The game took place at Bates, and the result will factor into the Mules’ quest for a playoff berth. Up to date results on Field Hockey’s playoff campaign can be found at gocolbymules.com.

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