Weekend updates with The Mules

While much of the Colby population has been focused on the epic Colby-Bowdoin Men’s Hockey rivalry that debuted this past Friday and Saturday, other winter sports have presented equally as exciting stories over the past week.

Women’s Basketball

With a winning record of 2-1, Colby Women’s Basketball started the week with a Wednesday night home matchup against Saint Joseph’s. It had been over a week since their last game, and the starting 5 seemed to start the first quarter on their heels. Saint Joseph’s took an early lead, and Colby hit the benches at halftime down 28-46. Even with the 16 points from Ainsley Burns ’21 and 23 combined points from Katie McCrum ’20 and Haley Driscoll ’19, Colby was unable to recover from their early deficit. The buzzer signified a final score of Colby 50, Saint Joseph’s 79. Kara Petronio ’21 explained that the team “really did not play ‘Colby Basketball,’” proof of the team’s high expectations and aspirations. The team had just 3 days to prepare for an away matchup against rival Bowdoin, but by the time Saturday rolled around, the team had made some key changes. These changes, led by captains McCrum, Driscoll and Sarah Hancock ’19, seemed to pay off. The now 7-0 Bowdoin squad was unable to use its talent and speed to find an early lead, as they had in their previous matchups. Colby’s young team, containing only 3 seniors, held strong throughout the first two quarters. Turnovers and defensive mistakes in the third quarter allowed Bowdoin to get ahead, and the game ended with a Colby loss, 45-79. Overall, the Colby women’s basketball team enters next week with acute knowledge of where they need to improve, confidence in their ability to focus on areas of weakness, and optimism towards this Tuesday’s matchup against rival Bates.

Men’s Squash

After winning their first matchup against Conn. College on November 18th, this Saturday provided Colby Men’s Squash with a new challenge: Wesleyan. Colby’s D1 squash program competes with nine individual matchups in each match, the victory going to the school that wins the best of the nine. For another win, all Colby needed was five wins, yet they won eight. Of the eight matches that Colby won, six of them were won decisively in just three sets. The team victory was led by seniors Matt Epstein, Benjamin Kwass, and Andrew Swapp, all of whom won their matches in addition to contributing their leadership. Colby Men’s Squash has an exciting road ahead of them, with matches against Middlebury, Williams and George Washington University debuting in early January. Exciting things are expected to come from this deeply motivated and hard-working men’s team.