Homecoming Weekend Sports Recap

Over the Homecoming weekend Colby athletics saw some mixed success overall. 

Cross Country 

To start off the weekend, Colby Cross Country hosted the Maine State cross country meet at Quarry Road, one of the more difficult routes in the state. Despite the fact that both the men and women’s teams were each missing one of their top runners, Colby finished the weekend with strong performances. To start out the race for the women’s team, Colby had three runners stay with the lead pack alongside the top Bates and Bowdoin runners. The top runner for Colby was Sonia Trembley `20 who finished 12th overall with a time of 20:04.7 and was still less than a minute behind the first place overall finish from Bowdoin. The team ended up taking third place as a team behind Bates and Bowdoin. The men’s team saw a little bit more success in their race taking the top two spots at the race. As the course reached its infamous hilled section, Tyler Morris `23 broke away from the rest of the pack only to have Eli Decker `20 catch up shortly after. As Decker `20 and Morris `23 neared the finish line the two decided to share the win and grabbed hands just before the finish line to tie for the first place finish. The pair finished with a time of 25:56.8, just five seconds ahead of a Bates Runner. Another thirty seconds later would see Ewan Frick `22 finishing in sixth place overall. The last two runners for Colby finished in 13th and 16th. Despite very strong performances by the Mules, Colby ended up taking second place finish as a team. Bates won the meet by just four points. Looking ahead, the team will next race at Connecticut College on Oct. 19.

Volleyball

The volleyball team had a great weekend and earned their first conference win of the season over Connecticut College (CC) as well as an additional victory over Maine Maritime Academy (MMA). Prior to the game against Connecticut College, neither team had won a conference game, lending even more importance to the game. The first set went to CC as Colby narrowly lost 25-23. The next set looked more promising for the Mules as they took a 15-10 lead. However, CC quickly came back and tied the game at 20-20. The two teams battled back and forth until CC ended winning the second set 31-29. Down two sets, Colby needed a comeback. The third set looked bleak as the mules were losing 13-18. Strong play brought the Mules ahead by two and would help secure their first set of the match. The fourth set proved to be yet another close start. However, Colby pulled away 18-10 and never lost the lead, winning 25-22. Rallying behind a two set comeback, the Mules dominated the fifth and final set, winning eight of the nine final points to earn their first conference win of the year. With a win in their pocket, the Mules looked to immediately bring the heat against MMA, beating them in three straight sets to end the weekend 2-0. Volleyball will take on Williams College away Oct. 11. 

Men’s Soccer

The Colby men’s soccer team (5-4-1) had an exciting weekend with a comeback tie against Williams College (3-3-3). Colby went down early when Williams scored in the 17th minute off a throw in. Despite the early setback, Colby’s defense kept a strong front, led by Senior Stanley Clarke’s  ten saves. Colby persevered through the second half with stalwart defense allowing Ethan Fabricant `22, to score an equalizer with just four minutes left in regulation. Despite carrying the momentum into overtime, Colby ended the game with a tie. Overtime was characterized by defensive play with only one shot on goal between the two teams. After their hard fought tie, Colby will set its sight on University of New England (UNE). The Mules will face UNE away at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Women’s Soccer

Colby women’s soccer team suffered a tough loss against offensive powerhouse Williams. The Mules (3-4-2) faced off against Girvan `22 Williams in Waterville on Saturday. Williams entered homecoming weekend on a hot streak, scoring ten goals over their last three competitions. The game looked to be a clash of styles as Colby’s season has been characterized by their staunch defense led by their goalie Shannon Gray ‘21. Williams lived up to their offensive pedigree, bombarding Colby with seven corners and 19 shots compared to Colby’s five shots and zero corners. Despite the assault, Colby’s defense managed to only let in one goal in the 17th minute. The Mules now look to rebound against Husson University this Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Waterville.

Football

The Mule’s football team (0-4) put up a valiant effort homecoming weekend against conference powerhouse Williams College (3-1). The Mules fell 17-0 in a run heavy game. Colby’s defense did a solid job against the NESCAC’s leading QB and WR duo, limiting the WR to just three catches after his first drive touchdown. Williams was able to overcome the lack of pass game by switching to their run game. The Ephs scored a field goal on their second drive, increasing their lead to 10-0. The Mules did well on their first two drives, gaing 116 yards of scrimmage but were unable to capitalize, coming away scoreless. A three-yard rush from Williams just before halftime stretched the Ephs lead to 17-0. Colby came out of half time rejuvenated, shutting out Williams for the rest of the game. This was an impressive feat considering Williams have averaged 42 points a game over the last two weeks. Colby’s defense ended up holding Williams to their second worst offensive performance of the season. Despite their defensive effort, the Mules were unable to put any points on the board against the tough Williams defense which has allowed only 35 points all season. The Mules will now focus their efforts on undefeated Middlebury who they will play away at 1 p.m. next Saturday. Middlebury beat Williams 17-13 and will pose a challenge for the Mules.

Golf

The Colby men’s golf team hosted the Colby Classic this weekend, coming away with a close win. The uniquely formatted tournament closed out the Mule’s season and pitted Colby, Bates, Bowdoin, and Thomas against one another. The tournament employed a special format with the first six holes following “best ball” rules. The teams were divided into duos with each member playing a ball and the team scoring the best score from each duo. The next six holes were played with the scramble format. Each duo played their own ball, but utilized the best start location between the two of them after every shot. The final six holes were played with one ball and alternating strokes between the players. The teams’ top three pairs were scored to determine the tournament winner. Elliot Snow `21 and Jake Neeb `21 earned the tournament low score of 68. Nolan Burker `22 and Quinn Doyle `22 posted the second best score, 71. Jack Griffith `21 and Avery Gibson `20 clinched the win for the Mules with  a score of 77. The Mule’s combined for a score of 212, beating Bowdoin’s 219, Bates’s 222 and Thomas’s 224. The tournament was an exciting win to cap off the Mules’s season.

Men’s Rugby 

After another dominant win over Bates college, the men’s Rugby team hosted Maine Maritime Academy for their third game of the year. It was without question that Colby had the game under control right from the start as Demetrius Ramirez `20 scored off a turnover less than a minute into the game. From here on out, Colby’s speed cut through MMA’s defense and continued to put up points on the away team. By half, the Mules were up 28 points to MMA’s zero. Strong play by the starting fifteen players allowed for many of the newer members to gain some experience playing a few minutes. Unfortunately, a series of penalties lost Colby thirty meters in their defensive end and MMA scored for the first time and connected on the conversion. As the final whistle blew, the scoreboard read 49-7. Colby scored seven tries and Steven Ditzler `22 converted on every single Try. The Mules are on a bye week this week but will head down to Bowdoin over Fall break as their next match.