Weekend recap: Winter sports nears end of season

Men’s and Women’s Squash

With the Echo having been gone for quite some time, it’s time to catch up with some of our winter sports teams. Since the start of the new year, the Women’s Squash Team has seen somewhat of a tough stretch of games, as they have lost the past four matches. 

In their last match of the regular season, the Mules headed down to play Connecticut College, a similarly ranked team, ensuring there would be a close match. Unfortunately, the Mules fell to Conn. College 3-6. 

Though the team lost the day, there were some hard fought matches across the board, with Mariam Mansoor `23, Sydney Ku `21, and Madeline Latimore `21 winning the their three matches for Colby. 

Moving forward the team will participate in the College Squash Association Team Championships at Yale University on Feb. 21. 

It was a busy weekend for the Men’s Squash Team as they played each day from Feb. 14-16. The Mules started their weekend out with a win over Wesleyan College. The team did not lose a single match throughout the day, winning 9-0 over the Cardinals. Even more impressive, however, was that the Mules only lost a single game throughout the whole day. 

The win over Wesleyan put Colby in the NESCAC Championships against rival Maine school Bates College. Unfortunately the Mules were unable to overcome the Bobcats this time around, losing 5-4 to Bates. 

Later that day, the Mules also took on the host team, Bowdoin College. Just as against Bates, the Men’s Team lost to Bowdoin 5-4. 

After two matches and a long day, the Mules got some needed rest to prepare for their final match against Amherst. On Feb. 16, the Mules took on the Mammoths in another close match. Thankfully to some strong play across the team, the Mules turned on the pressure against Amherst and earned a well-deserved 5-4 victory over the Mammoths. 

Similarly to the Women’s Team, the Men’s Squash Team will head down the CSA Team championships which will be hosted by Harvard for the Men’s Team.

Nordic Skiing

Though Maine continues to see the weather vary from hot and cold, Nordic Ski has been hard at work these past few months. Both Nordic teams participated in the Williams Carnival. The women saw a fair amount of success over the weekend, especially during the Classic 10k race. The women had five total top 30 finishes, all led by Erin Bianco `21 who took fifth place overall. With these strong finishes, the team took fourth place for the event, a very strong showing. 

The next day the women’s Team continued their strong performances and took a program best fourth place finish at the Skate Relay. 

The team will now get a week off before heading to Middlebury for the Eastern Collegiate Championships on Feb. 28.

As for the men, the team struggled to obtain some of the same top finishes, but still showed considerable effort. On the first day of races, the men had three top 25 finishers during the Classic 10k, but the day ended with the Mules ending in eighth place. 

The next day did not fare much better for the Mules, resulting in a tenth place finish for the Skate Relay.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball

The Women’s Basketball Team played their final game of the regular season this past weekend. Playing at Wesleyan University, the team had a tough loss to the Cardinals 62-50. With that, the Mules moved to 8-15 for the season and 2-8 in conference. Despite the loss, there were certainly some bright points during the game; the Colby bench outscored the Wesleyan bench by 17 points. 

On the Men’s side, the Basketball Team is having an incredible season. Currently 22-2 overall and 8-2 in conference, the Colby Men’s basketball team has been dominating the competition. 

Over the weekend, the men hosted Wesleyan University in a thriller of a game. Despite a somewhat shaky start to the game, the Mules had to work their way to a victory. At the end of the first half the Mules were down 43-49. The Mules played strong, hitting shots from deep as usual. With just 35 seconds left in the game, the Cardinals hit a crucial three pointer to tie the game against the Mules 82-82. With the ball in Colby’s possession, Will King `23 dimed a ball over to Wallace Tucker `21 who hit a deep three pointer with just four seconds left in the game to put Colby up 85-82. With essentially zero time left on the clock, the Cardinals made one last ditch effort to no avail, giving Colby their final conference win of the season. 

Although their conference play was done, the Men’s team headed the University of Southern Maine to take on the Huskies in their final game of the season. In another absolute nail biter, the Mules beat the Huskies by just two points: 93-91. The Mules had a strong first half, scoring an impressive 57 points against USM’s 49. Strong play from USM kept them in the game, often trading the lead with Colby. With less than a minute left, the Huskies made a layup to put themselves up 91-90 over the Mules. But again, another last second dime from King `23 put the Mules up for the final time as Matt Hanna `21 made a layup that put Colby up 92-91 with King hitting a final free throw to end the game.

With the regular season done, the Mules will host Bates College for the NESCAC Championships Quarterfinal at home on Feb. 22.

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