Field hockey on to NESCAC playoffs after beating rival Bates

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Colby College field hockey team had a battle for 70 minutes with Bates College, but the Mules are headed to the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs after a 1-0 NESCAC win Wednesday night.
 
Colby (9-6 overall, 4-6 NESCAC) and Bates were closing out the regular season, but the game was similar to a playoff contest. The winner moved on to play at top-ranked Middlebury College at 1 p.m. Saturday, while the losing team ended the season.
 
"This is a special group that has a growth mindset, continuously improving throughout the season," Colby head coach Kelly Terwilliger said. "With the strength of all the teams in our conference, we are proud and excited to have the opportunity to continue our season in the NESCAC postseason" 
 
Game highlights
* The Mules had just two shots in the first half, but one was the sixth goal of the season and the game-winning score from Emily Hogan (pictured) at 12:04. A turnover by the Bobcats (6-9, 2-8 NESCAC) led to Hogan's score. She intercepted a cross in the attacking area, spun around, and went high with a shot for the score. Hogan is tied for second on the Mules in scoring with six goals and one assist for 13 points.
 
* Defense dominated much of the contest, with the two teams combining for just four shots on goal. Hogan had the lone two shots on goal for the Mules. 
 
By the numbers
* The Mules finished the regular season at 9-6 overall and 4-6 in the league for the second straight year. 
 
* Colby goalkeeper Riley Whitmyer recorded her third straight shutout after beating Hamilton College (1-0) and University of New England (2-0). She ranks first in the league in saves (110), tied for second in shutouts (5), and third in save percentage (.833).
 
Box score
 

2018 NESCAC FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday, October 27 at Higher Seeds

Quarterfinal Games
No. 8 Colby at No. 1 Middlebury – 1 p.m.

No. 7 Amherst at No. 2 Tufts – 1 p.m.

No. 6 Bowdoin at No. 3 Williams – 1 p.m.

No. 5 Trinity at No. 4 Hamilton – 1 p.m.

Saturday, November 3 at Highest Remaining Seed

Semifinals – games at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed
Remaining Quarterfinal Winners

Sunday, November 4 at Semifinal Site

Final - 12 p.m.

Semifinal winners

Field hockey tops Camels, 2-1
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