Weekend recap: Fall sports approach end of season

Football

Coming into the game, the Mules knew what they were going against. Tufts had a strong pocket passing quarterback, Jacob Carroll `20, along with their lethal wide receiver, Frank Roche `GR. Yet, the Mules realized that Tufts was vulnerable to sacks and interceptions, ranking near the top of the division in those categories. But, in the following game, the Jumbos proved to dominate their running game. 

On the first drive, the Jumbos led a 76 yard drive in ten plays, leading to a touchdown by Mike Pedrini. The Mules answered with their own 76 yard drive in just 16 plays that culminated with a 21 yard field goal by Moises Celaya `22. Mules’ quarterback Matt Hersch `22 was 5-8 for 62 yards, but unfortunately was sniffed out by Tufts opposition on a quarterback boot. 

Following this, Tufts again responded with a 100 yard kickoff return, improving the Jumbo’s score to 14-3. After, the Mules’ offense struggled to get back up, while the defense halted Tuft’s next drive. In one impressive play, Mules’ Nick Hall `21 forced a fumble and it was recovered by George Eisenhauer `22. However, the Jumbos changed their game plan immediately and Caroll led 2 drives with 140 passing yards which accumulated into 2 touchdown passes for Roche. Tufts led Colby in the first half, 28-3. 

In the second half, Colby was able to play evenly with Tufts. The Mules’ lone touchdown was from a back shoulder fade pass from Hersch to Jack O’ Brien `20. Tuft’s answered back with its final touchdown of the game as Caroll again connected with Roche. Hersch finished the game with 195 passing yards with Rory Glavin being the leading receiver with 75 receiving yards. Carroll finished 14-19 for 236 passing yards with Frank Roche leading the game with 181 receiving yards. In defense, Colby’s lead tackler, Marcus Bullard, outperformed Tuft’s Greg Holt `20 as Bullard notched his 6th double digit tackle game of the season and topped Holt with 10-4. 

With one game in the season and in the CBB contest, Colby needs to double down on its next step if they want to hold sole possession of the CBB trophy over Bowdoin. 

Volleyball:

The Colby Mules closed out this weekend with a double game, one against Hunter and the next against Tufts. The Mules stayed with the Jumbos on the first set of kills from Nicole Petherbridge `20 and Natalie Bumpus `23. However, Tufts slowly crept up from behind albeit pressure from the Mules and thus closed out the first set 25-16. The Jumbos secured the second and third sets under the pressure of Colby securing several blocks and kills. Yet, the Mules were not without spectacular performances from Petherbridge with 10 kills and a .200 kill percentage and from Elizabeth Middlebrook `21 with eight digs. 

Colby then looked to bounce back against Hunter Hawks. A gritty defensive game was played as no team gained a lead of more than six points throughout the sets. Hunter took the first and third sets, while the Mules kept answering and securing the second and fourth sets. On the fifth set, the Hawks were eventually able to secure an 8 point streak and was able to secure the final set 15-8, defeating the resilient Mules 3-2. 

With their season ending and their seniors graduating next spring, the Mules hope to bring back a group of young players next fall to climb in the NESCAC next fall. 

Field Hockey

The Colby Mules held tough throughout the game, but unfortunately lost to the number 4 ranked Tufts Jumbos in the first round of the NESCAC playoffs. Tufts entered the game with a 2-0 lead 12 minutes in. Gillian Roeca `22 scored three minutes in and Beth Krikorian `21 scored another twelve minutes in from an assist from Marguerite Salamone `20. The Mules held even throughout the remainder of the first half and all the way to the third quarter. Delaney Keithley `22 scored her first goal of the season from an assist from Ally Corbett `21 to draw the Tufts lead to one. Krikorian answered with a hat trick, scoring two more goals in the next six minutes. 

The Mules will have to wait and see if their season continues in the NCAA bracket. Luckily, because the Mules’ ranking is very strong, there is a high chance that the Mules’ season is not over yet.