Field Hockey falls in away game at Hamilton

The women’s field hockey team came into this weekend with one goal in mind: securing a spot in this year’s playoffs.  With a 7-6 record, the team was tied with Bates and Wesleyan for the eighth and final spot in the NESCAC playoffs.  A win  for the Mules and a Wesleyan loss would have put the team in control of their own destiny heading into the final game. Having suffered a devastating loss to the Polar Bears at Bowdoin last weekend, the team knew that this weekend they had to settle for nothing but the best as they made the near seven-hour trip out to Clinton, New York, to take on Hamilton.  Both teams entered the game with six losses. As it was the final game of their regular season, Hamilton was also looking to clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win.

The teams began the first half in a tightly contested battle.  Hamilton struck first with a goal 6:55 into the first half.  However Colby quickly bounced back with a goal of their own three minutes later, scored by Misha Strage ’16.  After the goal, a defensive battle ensued.  The teams remained deadlocked at one goal apiece, as goalie and co-captain Sarah Evans ’16 made four saves over the duration of the game. Unfortunately for the Mules, Hamilton showed a resurgence at the end of the first half, with the defensive battle coming to a halt when Hamilton put in a goal with 4:40 remaining.  Colby’s situation only worsened when Hamilton had a penalty corner moments later, just before half time, resulting in a Continentals goal.  Suddenly the Mules found themselves down 3-1 heading into the second half.

The Mules looked to turn their fortune around in the second half, but found no such luck.  Despite repeated valiant efforts, it was Hamilton that scored ten minutes into the second half.  Down 4-1, things looked grim for the team and worsened as another goal was added just over 15 minutes later.  Things were not going well for the Mules, who had worked all week in hopes of moving closer to the playoffs.  However, they were reluctant to give up, showing the recurring tenacity that has defined their season.  They continued to fight to the bitter end, as a goal from Meredith Keenan ’18 began to close thw gap with just under seven minutes to play.  Ultimately, the Mules could not pull out a win against Hamilton and lost 5-2, falling to a 7-7 record, 2-7 in NESCAC.

Despite the loss, all hope of earning a playoff spot is not lost. The Mules chances of making the playoffs is dependent on last night’s result against Bates, along with a number of other games. If the Mules were able to overcome the Bobcats, and if Conn. College, who are 4-10 , ranked last in the NESCAC, has won against Wesleyan, Colby will haved secured a playoff berth for the third consecutive year. Unfortunately, these results are not yet available at the time of printing, but can be found on the Colby Echo’s online edition.

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