Field Hockey wins two of three

Colby Field Hockey fought through three games last week, playing on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. After dominating
Thomas College on Wednesday and suffering a tough 4-1 loss against Williams on Saturday, the team was able to come back and beat Connecticut College in a close 1-0 game.

The Field Hockey team entered this weekend with an even record of 1-1, after losing the season opener to Tufts and beating Thomas College earlier on Wednesday. The game against Thomas College showed Colby’s strong defense and aggressive offense, beginning with midfielder Georgia Cassidy ’20 scoring three goals in the first eight minutes of the game. Holli Olson ’19 assisted Cassidy on her first goal and later scored her first collegiate goal. Forward Kallie Hutchinson ’19 exploded into action around half-time and scored twice, once at the end of the first period and again in the second period. The Colby defense put up an exemplary performance, allowing only six shots over the course of the game. Thomas managed one goal in the second period, preventing a total shut out. The final score was 6-1. Overall it was a dominant showing by the Mules against our Waterville neighbors.

Despite a valiant effort, the team could not overcome the undefeated Williams team. Williams’ goalie Riley Whitmyer ’19 made a number of incredible saves, fending off 22 shots on goal. Williams got off to a 4-0 lead, but Colby midfielder Meredith Keenan ’18 scored, overcoming the Williams defense and shooting off an unassisted goal late in the second period, bringing the game to its final score of 4-1. After the frustrating loss to Williams, Colby was able to change their game plan and channel their energy into focus for the next game. “We did not stop believing in ourselves, because we know we can do big things. One game at a time and there is still much to work on but always looking up,” midfielder Myri Skodock ’21 said.

The game against Connecticut College was fierce, with strong matchups on both sides. Colby seemed to be on the offensive for most of the game, due both to the lightening speed of the offense and dependable strength of the defense. Early on the Mules offense overcame the Connecticut defense when Cassidy fired an impressive shot at 13:16 to score an unassisted goal. After getting off to an early lead, Maddie Schoenie ’19 and Merel Van Gijzen ’21 were a constant presence on defense, helping to completely shut out the Connecticut College offense
and end the game at 1-0.

Colby Field Hockey is currently 1-2 in the NESCAC, and has seven more games in the league this season. With an away game against Husson University on Wednesday and a home game against Trinity College next weekend Colby Field Hockey is gearing up for a very promising and exciting season, hopefully leading to a successful playoff run.

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