Field Hockey unable to earn a playoff berth against Bates

By halftime, Colby Field Hockey was facing high stakes: win and the team would make the playoffs. Wesleyan University had lost to Connecticut College moments before, assuring a playoff spot to the winner of the Bates-Colby matchup that was still ongoing. Captain and Goalie Sarah Evans ’16 said, “The atmosphere of the final game was surreal. We were fighting to survive, but also just playing for each other and for our seniors.” Though it was a regular season game, it may as well have been a playoff battle. This was nothing new to the Mules, who made the playoffs the previous two seasons, while Bates had not made the playoffs since 2010. Both teams knew this was going to be a tightly contested matchup.
The first half saw the Mules and Bobcats engage in a deep defensive battle. Neither team budged, leaving them scoreless at the half. At the start of the second half, the Colby women were able to control possession but failed to put the first score on the board. The momentum then shifted to the Bobcats, who controlled the ball for most of the final twenty minutes. However, the Mules and Bobcats were evenly matched in shots, each managing to fire off 11 throughout the game. Evans was able to stop seven in her final game at Colby, but a shot from Bates’ Adah Lindquist made it through, putting Bates on the board with only 3:57 left to play. Lindquist’s goal, the first and only of the game, came off of a picked off Mule pass. Colby fought hard to keep their playoff hopes alive but could not score the tying point, and ultimately fell to Bates 1-0 in the final game of the season.
For seniors Evans, Misha Strage ’16, Megan Fortier ’16, and Elizabeth Zusi ’16 the game marked the last time they donned a Colby field hockey uniform. Of playing her final game, Evans said, “When the final buzzer sounded, it was almost stunning. It didn’t feel real that it was my last game; it still doesn’t feel real sometimes.” Though they will not be on the field next year with the rest of the team, their impact on the younger players will carry over in years to come.
The 2015 season was quite a rollercoaster for Colby Field Hockey. From six of their games being separated by a single score, to bouncing back and beating The University of New England in overtime after a tough 6-2 loss against Trinity, to beating longtime league powerhouse Amherst, the season was full of surprises and upsets.
Though they missed the playoffs, there are things to look forward to in the coming seasons. While the senior class is very strong, it is small; the team is graduating only four of its 29 players. Some leadership remains intact as Captain Hannah Hearn ’17 will be entering her senior year next fall. With so much carrying over into the 2016 season, people should have high hopes for this team.

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