Field hockey starts 3-2

The Colby College field hockey team entered this weekend’s games sporting a 2-1 overall record but still in search of their first NESCAC victory. Although the Mules split the weekend series against two NESCAC foes, they were successful in securing their first league win of the season.
The Mules opened up the slate of NESCAC games this weekend with a tough test against the 18th-ranked Ephs of Williams College on Saturday, September 19. Despite mounting a two-goal comeback to tie the game in the second half, the Ephs squeaked out with a 3-2 victory to remain unbeaten in league play. Although only down 1-0 at halftime, the Mules quickly found themselves in an even bigger hole as Williams scored just 51 seconds into the second half.
Colby’s continued perseverance paid off as Misha Strage ’16 put the Mules on the scoreboard after she hammered home a goal from Anna Rudinski ’19. Strage was not finished, as she scored the tying goal ten minutes later. The third shot proved to be the charm for the Mule senior as her first and second shots were stuffed by the Ephs goalie, but Strage battled for the rebound again and was finally successful.
With 16 minutes left in the game, Williams would score the game-winner off of a penalty corner. The Ephs would go on to win 3-2 over the Mules and move to 4-0 on the season, while maintaining a perfect 2-0 NESCAC record.
Colby couldn’t dwell on the loss for too long, as they had to rebound quickly, hosting Connecticut College on Sunday, September 20. While the Camels struck first, Strage picked up where she left off on Saturday and tied the game at one. Megan Fortier ’16 gave Colby a 2-1 advantage at the half.
Conn would tie the game up again, but the Mules had an answer, as it was Strage, yet again, to put Colby up 3-2. Despite getting blown out in the number of shots and corners, Conn remained in the game and even tied at three goals a piece. This time it was Fortier that gave Colby the lead, and the eventual victory. Fortier scored unassisted to give the Mules their first NESCAC win of the season. The win gives the Mules a 3-2 record, while being 1-2 in league play.
“After our first NESCAC win this weekend, we are confident in this team going forward,” said Strage after the games.
Fortier echoed Strage’s comments, saying that the team has a lot to look forward to: “We have a solid group of returners and the addition of a big freshmen class has added a lot to our roster.”
Fortier and Strage both agreed that one of the team’s goals is to host a home NESCAC playoff game. The Mules return to action on Wednesday as they host in-state foe UMaine-Farmington at 7:00 p.m. on Bill Alfond field.

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