Clinton, N.Y. - The #19 Colby College Field Hockey team made it two in a row in over time wins, topping the Continentals of Hamilton College 3-2. Last Sunday, they took a 0-0 draw with Wesleyan University to extra minutes before winning 1-0. The Mules raise their record to 5-1 (4-1 in NESCAC play) while Hamilton falls to 3-4 (1-3).
Hamilton started off hot with Maddie Beitler (NESCAC leader in goals) netting her seventh goal of the season only seven minutes into regulation on a shot off of a corner. It wasn't until the second quarter that Colby responded. The Mule's leading scorer, Georgia Cassidy, put a shot on net halfway through the period only to be denied by the Continental goal keeper. While the heavy shot was initially stopped, the keeper gave up enough of a rebound to give Colby a second chance. Eliza Mell made sure there wasn't a second rebound and tallied her third of the year. Hamilton jumped back up right before half with a goal from Michaela Giuttari with one minute to play.
This year's Colby Field Hockey members are not strangers to playing behind late, as they were behind Tufts University and Conn College in matches earlier this season. While there are similarities to those two contests, today resembled a mix of what the Mules experienced last weekend. A late goal (five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter) resembled the comeback on the road against Tufts last Saturday (both game-tieing scores were made by Cassidy, now with five goals on the year). Taking the game to over time and earning another road victory mirrored the Wesleyan game from Sunday, this time the game winner came from junior Emily Hogan. Withstanding late-game pressure over and over again shows us all the character of this club.
"Today we were given a great opportunity to compete," reflected Mell, a senior captain. "As a team we were strong and we fought hard and we took a one-play-at-a-time mentality and came out with a well-deserved win." Head coach Kelly Terwilliger echoed her captain's sentiments. "On the field leadership was clutch for us today, with players executing big time plays in moments where it counted. I'm very proud of the fight and intesity of our squad."
The Mules are on the tail end of four straight road games and cap it tomorrow with a contest at Utica College.
(photo courtesy of Calvin Wetmore '20)