Field hockey goes 1-1 this week

The Colby field hockey team went 1-1 in their games this week. They started out on Wednesday with a shutout win against University of Maine at Farmington. The Mules came out strong with three goals in the first half, beginning when Misha Strage ’16 struck first, assisted by Caroline Ferguson ’17. Colby followed up the fast start with a goal by Kat Restrepo ’18 (assisted by Elizabeth Zusi ’16 and Strage) off of a penalty corner. They then finished the half with a goal from Megan Fortier ’16 (assisted by Kallie Hutchin-
son ’19). Fortier would strike again in the second half when she slammed a ball into the right side of the cage to end the game. Colby also played great defense, only allowing UMaine Farmington to get five shots off throughout the game. Goalies  Sarah Evans ’16 (also a team co-captain) and Riley Whitmyer ’19 had two and three saves respectively. The Mules handed UMaine Farmington their first loss of the season with a great all-around performance.

Colby then took their momentum into the weekend with a match-up against Trinity College in Waterville. The game was a battle for NESCAC bragging rights, and both teams were 1-2 in league play going into the game. The home team struck first on Saturday with a goal from Fortier (assisted by McKayla Blanch ’17). Erika Smith ’18 scored on a corner at 34:14 to cut the Bantams lead to 3-2 (assisted by Fortier and Anna Rudinski ’19), but Colby was unable to continue their momentum as Trinity went on to win 6-2. Evans made eight saves for the Mules, who were aggressive on the offensive end, leading Trinity 24-20 shots on goal.

After the week, Colby moved to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in theNESCAC. The Mules have two of the NESCAC’s top offensive players in seniors Strage and Fortier, who are in the top five in the conference for both goals and points. The team has been playing well on offense so far this season, as they are tied for second in total goals in the NESCAC and are ranked fourth in the conference in the number of shots as a team. Colby is also ranked second in the league for team assists.

Early on in the season, the Mules are 10th in the NES- CAC, but they are looking for a non-conference win against the University of New England at home on Monday before making the trek to Middle- bury, VT for a game against the Panthers on Saturday. Col- by has two more away games against Husson (October 7)and Wesleyan (October 10) before returning home to Amherst on October 17.

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