W. Hockey comes up short in playoffs

On Saturday, the Colby women’s ice hockey team ended their season in a 4-3 loss against top-seeded Middlebury during the NESCAC Championship quarterfinal game. The Panthers will move on to semifinal play next weekend.

After Middlebury struck first in the first period, Colby goalie Angelica Crites ’16 answered with 12 saves, keeping the game at 1-0 through the end of the frame. In the second, Colby recorded four out of the first five shots, but it soon became a 2-0 contest minutes later after a Panther wrist shot. Late in the second period, Colby brought it back to a one-goal lead with a goal from Bella Papapetros ’18, assisted by Brooke Gary ’18. However, 44 seconds later, Middlebury responded with another goal, ending the period up 3-1. The Panthers opened up the third  with another goal, extending their lead to three. Four minutes later, the Mules scored their first of two goals in the period when Delaney Flynn ’17 netted a pass from Papapetros. Colby was then awarded a powerplay with 51 seconds left in the game after goalie Crites was pulled for an extra skater. The 6-on-4 powerplay allowed Meg Fortier ’16 to make the score 4-3. Crites had 34 saves, and the Mules had a total 20 shots on goal. The Mules were also one for two in powerplays, while holding the strong against the Panthers on their sole two minutes with a man advantage. A late charge from the Mules was unable to take down the Panthers, but it was still an admirable season for Colby Women’s Hockey. 

As their season wraps up, the players reflected on their up and down season. “We started off the season well with a win against Bowdoin. Even though we lost [this weekend], I’m proud of how we ended. We were down 4-1 but came back 4-3 against one of the best division three teams in the country. We never gave up,” said Meredith Keenan ’18, who had a big game against the University of Southern Maine earlier this month, has high hopes for next season. “Next season I’m looking forward to see the leadership of the rising senior class. All [of them] have an outstanding work ethic and care for the team, I’m excited to see what we can do,” she said. The Mules ended their season at 6-16-3 overall.