WATERVILLE, Maine – The Colby field hockey team opened their season with a conference game against the visiting Connecticut College Camels. Although the start of the fall season brought brisk temperatures, the Mules started hot and notched their first victory of the season, 2-1.
Colby pressured the Camels early, paced by senior forward Georgia Cassidy, who managed 10 shots during the game. The Mules put four shots on goal in the opening quarter before breaking through when Cassidy buried a feed from junior midfielder Delaney Keithley. Play evened after the goal and Connecticut College secured and scored on a penalty corner with just 15 seconds remaining in the quarter, tying the game 1-1.
Colby dominated the second quarter, outshooting the Camels seven shots to zero. The Mules' relentless pressure paid off. With just two minutes left in the second quarter, Cassidy scored her second goal of the game, this time unassisted from the right side of the net, to put Colby ahead 2-1.
The Mules never looked back. The Camels generated more offense in the third quarter, outshooting the Mules four to one, but disciplined defense and lockdown goalkeeping from senior Emily Buckman kept Connecticut College scoreless. The Mules controlled the game in the fourth. Their defense again held the Camels to zero shots and the offense put two more shots on goal to keep Connecticut College on their heels. Although they never found the back of the net in the last quarter, the Mules' consistent play at the end of the game earned them their first win of the season.
Head Coach Kelly Terwilliger remained measured after victory, remarking, "It's been a long preseason. We have lots of things to work on, lots of things we did well to build on… turn around and we have Thomas on Tuesday."
The Mules move to 1-0 on the season and earn their first win in conference play. Colby next plays on away at Thomas College on Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 PM EST.