Field Hockey loses to both Trinity and Conn. College

Coming off a stellar win over Williams in last week’s competition, the Colby field hockey team fell to NESCAC rivals Trinity and ConnecticutCollege over the weekend. The team now stands at 2-5 overall and 1-4 in conference play.

The Mules fell to 23rd ranked Trinity 5-1 on a pristine Saturday morning in Hartford. The Bantams jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half, but Kallie Hutchinson ’19 put Colby on the board with a goal with just under ten minutes left in the first half. The goal was Hutchinson’s fifth goal of the year (tied for seventh in NESCAC play) and was set up by Captain Hannah Hearn ’17, her second assist of the year.

The comeback was not to be, as Trinity surrendered no goals in the second half of play. However, the Mules did not go down without a fight. The offense created a slew of scoring opportunities early in the second frame, shooting six times off of three penalty corners over a span of five minutes, but no goals came of the effort.

The team took the field again on Sunday against Connecticut College (Conn). Neither team scored in the first period of play, but the deadlock was broken by the Camel’s Jamie Navoni midway into the second half. Hutchinson responded for the Mules with her second goal of the weekend, this time assisted by McKayla Blanch ’17, to tie the game at 1-1 with ten minutes left in regulation.

The game went into overtime, with the Mules bombarding Conn’s keeper with five shots. However, Conn’s Navoni scored her second goal of the fixture to lift the Camels over the Mules 2-1.

Sunday’s game against Connecticut College marks the halfway point in the year for NESCAC play with five in-league games remaining. There is plenty of time and ample opportunities for the Mules to add more tallies to the win column against quality NESCAC competition.

Despite the string of three losses, the team’s mentality is in a driven and positive mindset. Coach Kelly Terwilliger said, “There is a hunger in this program to compete not only in the NESCAC Conference, but on a national stage.  This team is comprised of bright, talented, and focused young women with a desire to be the best and who are willing to work for it everyday.”

Over the course of the first few weeks of Terwilliger’s first season at the helm of the team, the Mules have succeeded in upsetting Williams in a closely contested game and demolishing  Thomas College 6-1. In practice, Colby has been working on “doing the little things the right way and creating championship behaviors on a daily basis.  Some of that is already in place, and we want to keep building on that,” according to Terwilliger.

Terwilliger and the team remain committed to building a championship team with a championship mentality. Terwilliger said, “We understand that developing a championship program is a process and I have no doubt that we will keep pushing for the type of program we want to be. These past two weeks we have been focusing on our fundamentals and executing at speed our basic skills.”

Colby’s next opponent is NESCAC rival Middlebury at home on Saturday, October 1 at 11:00 A.M.

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