Weekend Recap

Football

The Colby College football team earned its first win of the season over the Bates Bobcats. Colby, the defending Colby-Bowdoin-Bates (CBB) Champions, protected their title this Saturday in a thrilling 23-20 win over Bates. Devin Marrocco `22 lead the offense, rushing for three touchdowns in the first half. The defense was led by Marcus Bullard `21 who continued his NESCAC leading season with ten tackles. 

Colby came out of the gates ready to play. Impressively, scoring on all of their first four drives.  Quarterback Matt Hersch `22 had an impressive game, going seven for 13 and passing for 130 yards in just the first four drives. 

Colby’s running game was also effective. Senior Chris George rushed for 28 yards and Marrocco ran for 36 on top of his three touchdowns. Colby’s defense proved problematic for Bates as well. The Mule’s nearly shut out Bates in the first half save for a final drive in the last 40 seconds of the half. Bates QB Brendan Costa threw the ball for 70 yards, managing to score just before the half. The Mules went to the locker room with a commanding 23-6 lead.

Bates fought hard to battle back in the second half. The Bobcats limited Colby’s offense to just 78 yards, particularly terrorizing Colby’s special teams. The Bobcat’s defense blocked two field goals and a punt attempt, limiting Sophomore kicker/punter Moises Celaya `22 to 27 yards of field position. 

Despite the dangerous field position that Bate’s blocked goals and turnover on downs were able to generate, Colby’s defense was able to hold on with explosive performances like Patrick Sopko’s `20 one handed sack on the 11 yard line. 

Despite this, Bate’s offense scored twice more with 147 second half yards. Bate’s defense also dominated the second half shutting out the Mules as they tried to claw their way back to a victory.  Bates had one final drive with one minute left in the game. Luckily the Mule’s stalwart defense was able to hold on, keeping Bates at bay to secure the Mule’s first win of the season. Next week the Mule’s will host Tufts (3-4). The battle for the CBB will continue next weekend as Bates (0-7) and Bowdoin (0-7) face off in search of their first wins. Nov. 9, Colby will face Bowdoin and have the chance to defend the CBB Trophy.

Crew

The Colby’s Women’s crew team wowed at the famed Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, MA. The Colby Women’s Fours placed 12th out of 36, placing second in the NESCAC. The Women’s boat finished just ten seconds behind Bates. This result automatically qualifies Colby a bid in next year’s regatta. Colby’s Men did not fare quite as well finishing 25th of out 38 in their Eights race, placing 6th in the NESCAC. Colby’s Men’s fours finished 35th out of 40.

Oct. 26, Colby hosted Bates and Bowdoin at home at the Hume Center.

Volleyball

The Women’s volleyball team saw large success over the weekend winning all three of their matches. On Friday, the team took on the Trinity Bantams for the Mules Senior Night. The Mules took down the Bantams in four sets, beating them 3-1 to secure their second conference win of the season. The first game looked to put the rest of the match in Trinity’s favor as they handily won the first game 25-16. Colby quickly flipped the momentum in the following three games, winning 25-20 in the next two games. The fourth game again proved to be a very close matchup, with the Bantams tying the game at 22-22 and then again at 24-24. Senior captain Nicole Petherbridge `20 and Elizabeth Middlebrook `21 both made strong plays to secure the final win for Colby, 26-24.

Using the momentum from Senior Night, the team headed down to the University of Southern Maine (USM) for a double header against USM and Rhode Island College. The first game for the Mules was against Rhode Island College where the Mules again dominated for the majority of the set, winning the first game and only losing the second game by four points.

In the subsequent two games after, the Mules turned up the heat and only allowed Rhode Island to put up 15 points in each game. 

Not much was different for their final match against USM. The Mules again won in four sets, dropping the third set to USM 17-25. The team is now in their final week of the season and will take on Bowdoin and Tufts for conference play the first and second of November. The final match of the season will be against Hunter College immediately after the Tufts match.

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