Field Hockey’s win streak ends at Middlebury

On Saturday, September 30th,  Colby Women’s Field Hockey took on Middlebury, currently ranked within the top ten, in a game that would snap their winning streak as well as be their third loss of the season and in the NESCAC.

The Panthers drew blood immediately, scoring their first goal almost immediately off of a penalty corner. They struck again quickly. Marissa Baker ’20 scored to give Middlebury a 2-0 lead within the first three minutes of the game. The rest of the game was hard fought. Colby’s first goal was not scored until there was 12:01 minutes left in the second half, when Georgia Cassidy ’20 netted one in the upper left corner. She has a team best eight goals as well as one assist totaling 17 points thus far on the season.

By the end of the game, the Mules had a 7-6 advantage in penalty corners, but were unable to capitalize sufficiently while the Panther’s 20 shots (19 of which were on target) proved lethal.  Colby’s goalie Riley Whitmyer ’19 ended the day with 13 saves. Merel van Gizjen ’21 led Colby’s scoring efforts with a total of four shots out of the Mules’ 14. The final score was 6-1 in favor of Middlebury, making Colby’s record 5-3 on the season.

While scoring was certainly a challenge for Colby, impressive defense is nothing new from Middlebury. Middlebury has put up tremendous defensive performances this season, allowing more than one goal only twice, both of which were in its only two losses. Colby has not struggled very much offensively this season and this game will serve as a building point for the rest of the season.

Myri Skodock ’21 said of the game, “Middlebury represents a team with a long winning history and a great supported program. Our program is younger and we are building up but we knew it was going to be tough to play a team like that. The scoreboard did not reflect the game.” Following the first two goals, Colby Women’s Field Hockey held their own, to say the absolute least, against one of the best Division III teams in the country. While not a favorable result, hopefully play at this level will continue for Colby, resulting in improvement and results this season and in the future. Skodock added, “We know we need to work harder. Get faster and more athletic.” Colby field hockey hasn’t lost their confidence heading forward in the season, and this game has proven what they already knew: they have a strong collection of talent and can compete with the best in the country. As their chemistry continues to grow over the course of the season the improvements on the field will be even more evident.