Weekend recap with the Mules

This week was a tough one for Colby athletics with men’s cross country placing last at the NESCAC championships and men’s and women’s soccer as well as  field hockey finishing their seasons with close losses.

At the NESCAC cross country championships last Saturday, hosted by Bates College, men’s cross country placed eighth out of the eight attending colleges. They were 15 points behind the next team, Wesleyan University, and 226 points behind first place Amherst College. Despite this, Benard Kibet ’18 and Noel Feeney ’18 were able to place 32nd and 46th out of the 140 runners in attendance. Women’s cross- country placed better with a score of 196, putting them at eighth of 11 teams and only eight points away from sixth place. Cait Lawlor ’18 placed third overall with a time of 22:02.9, less than a minute behind the first-place finish, while Sophia Gorman ’21 finished 30th overall with a time of 23:24.6.

Both soccer teams squared off against Colby rival Bates last week, but neither managed to come out on top. Men’s soccer played a nail biting game at home that went into double overtime. The only point of the game was scored by Bates in the last 25 seconds of the game off a corner kick. Bobcat Morgan Dewdney knocked a header toward the left post. Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene was open and ripped a shot at Colby goalkeeper Avery Gibson ’20 who made an amazing save, but the rebound returned to Kimpolo-Pene who hit a low shot to the right corner of the goal, securing the win for Bates. This was the end of the season for men’s soccer and the final game for Aidan Black ’18, Andrew D’Anieri ’18, Evan Dwyer ’18, Avery Heilbron ’18, and Chandler Smith ’18. Women’s soccer took the fight to Bates, traveling to Lewiston. Like their past three games, they were unable to score and after Olivia Amdur scored two points for Bates in the 10th and 11th minutes of the first half, the Mules were only able to prevent Bates from further scoring. In total, the Mules gave up 13 shots in the first half but held Bates to just two in the last 45 minutes. Colby also had six shots in total with Olivia Greif ’21 shooting half of them. This game marked the end of the season for women’s soccer and the final game for seniors Laura Arnold, Jess Horick, Ally Ingraham, and, Emily Martin.

Field hockey also faced Bates last Wednesday at the Bill Alfond Field. Both teams knew the stakes as the winner would advance into the quarterfinals and the loser would end their season. The Mules took an early lead in the first half, but as the end of the second half neared, the score was tied at 2-2. With just 7.5 seconds left on the clock, Bobcat Taylor Lough scored her second goal of the night, winning the game for Bates. Colby’s Georgia Cassidy ’20 scored her 15th goal of the season this game, tying the record for most goals scored with Wendy Bonner ’05, but despite this, Colby left the field defeated and ended their season on a loss. This was the final game for Kat Restrepo ’18 and Meredith Keenan ’18.

Women’s volleyball started off strong this week, beating Maine Maritime 3-1. This victory was led by Paige Hanssen ’19 and Nicole Petherbridge ’20 with 14 kills and 23 attacks respectively. The victory was also due in large part to Molly Manuel ’19 and Emily Moslener ’18 and their combined 33 assists. The rest of the season was not as succesful as they went on to lose their next two games on Friday against Trinity (3-1) and Saturday against Amherst (3-0). The loss on Saturday was the end of the season and the final game for Emily Moslener ’18, Kate Wincek ’18, Eliza Liebler ’18, and Kacie Wrean ’18.