Field Hockey opens strong

Colby field hockey head coach Kelly Terwilliger made her debut on September 7 at home against crosstown rival Thomas College. The Mules dominated their opponents in all aspects of the game, ending with a 34-3 shot advantage and a 6-1 victory. Merrill Read `19 and McKayla Blanch `17 each notched two goals to help lead the Mules to victory. Read was able to score the first goal of her collegiate career and the first goal of her team’s season as she came in to tap in a rebound early in the first half.

A nice goal from Blanch made the score 2-0, and the Mules were able to start the second half with a healthy lead on the scoreboard. Caroline Ferguson `17 came out firing in the second half and quickly capitalized on a Thomas turnover when she ripped a goal from ten yards out to make the score 3-0. The one goal Colby conceded was off of a penalty corner, but Meredith Keenan `18 was able to extend the lead after scoring off a cross. Although there was not much action on the Colby defensive end, goalie Riley Whitmyer `19 tallied two saves for the Mules.

After a strong opening game, the squad looked to continue their momentum into a Saturday matchup with the ninth ranked Tufts University Jumbos. The first half looked fairly even as both teams tried to get into an offensive rhythm. Tufts had the ball in the offensive zone for a good portion of the half, but Colby kept the pressure up with some quick counter attacks. Eventually, the Jumbos scored three goals in four minutes to stun the Mules going into halftime.

Colby was able to score one goal in the first half, as Kaleigh Hoffman `17 assisted a goal to Read to get the Mules on the board. The story of the second half was not much better, as Tufts was able to score off of a penalty corner early in the second half and to keep momentum going. The Jumbos tallied another goal with 19:47 left in the half to make the score 5-1. Colby scored again when Kallie Hutchinson `17 scored off a pass from Blanch, but that was the last goal the Mules would score in the game, and in the end they fell 6-2.

The Mules took on Williams this weekend, and were able to come away with a huge victory over the 23rd ranked Ephs. Although Williams outshot the Mules 22-6, Colby’s stingy defense grinded out the win and they were able to blank the Ephs on penalty corners as they went 0-18. Colby shot 50 percent in the second half as Hutchinson and Tori Brown `17 scored goals for the Mules to complete the upset with a 2-1 win.

Unfortunately, the Mules also lost on Tuesday night in a 6-1 battle at home against Bowdoin College. Despite the score being tied 1-1 at the half, Bowdoin tipped the scale with five second half goals.

Despite the tough loss, Colby looks to continue their momentum from this week into Saturday as they take on Trinity College at 11:00 A.M. in Hartford, Connecticut.