Weekend Recap: Winter sports come to an end

Women’s Squash

Women’s squash had a busy weekend, traveling to New Haven, Connecticut to take on Haverford and Connecticut College at Yale University to finish out their season. Friday’s match against Haverford was set up to be a close one, although going into the weekend Colby’s record was 2-12 compared to Haverford’s 8-7.  Despite their records, the two teams ranked 28 and 29 with Colby leading. The Mules came out on top in their match by a single win, finishing 5-4 with wins from Mariam Mansoor `23, Sydney Ku `21, Sabrina Teope `22, Stephanie Keane `22, and Madeline Latimore `21. Sadly, Colby’s momentum could not follow into Saturday, leading to a 6-3 loss to the Camels. Mansoor, Ku, and Latimore were able to continue their run of good form, earning Colby’s 3 wins. The loss did not come as a shock, with Conn. College ranked at 25, but the spread of victory was quite large. The women’s squash team finished the National’s Tournament Sunday where they played against Georgetown University. The Mules won 6-3 with wins from Sabrina Rabins `20, Ku, Keane, Mansoor, Teope, Lattimore. The Mules finished third overall in their cup. 

Men’s Hockey 

Men’s ice hockey built on their three game loss-streak heading into the weekend with two more losses to close the frustrating season last in the NESCAC Conference. The Mules finished up 7-14-3, 3-13-2 in conference just two years after winning the NESCAC championship and making a deep run into the NCAA Division III tournament. Last weekend was nothing new for a disappointing February. Friday’s game against Tufts ended in disappointment, despite the very winnable match. The Jumbo’s came into the game 7-15-1, one spot above Colby in the NESCAC standings. Tufts, too, struggled in conference play with a 5-11-1 record against other NESCAC opponents. The Jumbo’s struck first, finding the back of the net less than two minutes into the first period. Colby, however, struck back with 16:12 on the clock from a J.P. Schuhlen `20 goal assisted by Carter Breitenfeldt `23. That was the last goal Colby would score in the game, but Tufts netted two more, one in each period, to close out the game 3-1. Andrew Tucci `20 stopped 25 shots in goal, but it was not enough to withstand the righteous Jumbo’s attack. Oddly enough, Colby outshot Tufts 33-28 and won more faceoffs (32-24), but could not make their shots count on the scoreboard.

Saturday saw the Mules battle Conn. College in what was a surprisingly close game given the Camel’s four win advantage on the season. After a scoreless first period that showed signs of hope for the Mules, Conn. College broke ahead with 6:20 on the clock in the second period. Less than four minutes later, the Camels doubled their lead, casting threats of a comeback into doubt. Jalen Kaplan `22 scored in the third period to bring Colby back in the game, but the Mules could not tie it up. This was Kaplan’s first collegiate point, with Michael Morrissey `22 and Justin Grillo `21 assisting. 

Colby seemed lucky to lose by only one, as Conn. College was in control most of the game. The Camels out shot the Mules 30-20 and won five more faceoffs, to suffocate Colby’s possession. Colby’s offensive woes can be summed up by their power play success: they went 0 for 5. Tucci finished his career in net with a solid 28 saves, bringing his career save percentage to an impressive .911. Colby’s season was plagued by injuries to team leaders, giving the youth an opportunity to step up. Although the young team built up chemistry and outperformed their expectations, they came up short.

Women’s Hockey

Women’s ice hockey, on the other hand, had their best conference finish in history after the final two games last weekend. The Mules finished in second place, behind Middlebury, with an overall record of 14-5-5, going 9-3-4 in conference play. Due to their success, Colby will host a quarterfinal game for the first time since 2009 when they face 7 seed Bowdoin. Things are looking pretty good, as Colby swept the Polar Bears during the regular season, winning 2-1 and 2-0. Last weekend’s double-header against Amherst was crucial for seeding. Amherst falls right behind Colby in the NESCAC Conference, making strong results from the weekend necessary to secure a weaker opponent in the NESCAC tournament. Amherst was 14-4-4 heading into the double-header, riding a gnarly six game win streak.

Friday’s game against the Mammoths was low scoring and tactical. The game was locked in at 0-0 until a decisive moment from Lauren Klein `21 put the Mules up 1-0 with 56 seconds remaining in the second period. Colby’s Nina Prunster `22 recorded her third shutout of the season with a whopping 34 saves to defend Colby’s lead and secure a much needed victory. Saturday’s contest was even more tense. The Mammoths came back angry, scoring two goals before Colby had a chance to react, leading 2-0 in the third period. Colby’s Lexi Cafiero `22 struck back with a rocket into the net, making it 2-1. With 18:47 on the clock, Tess Dupre `20 scored on a power play to tie the game up, finishing the game 2-2. Dupree also assisted the first goal, culminating in a rounded and impressive performance. The Mules will look to carry this momentum to the playoffs, with their quarterfinal game this Saturday.

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