Standish, Maine - The Colby College Field Hockey team got back in the win column and builds momentum heading into the final stretch of the regular season. The Mules visited St. Joseph's College and came away with a 5-1 victory.
After dropping the last two NESCAC games to top-10 opponents (#1 Middlebury College, #8 Williams College), Colby has its sites set on finishing the regular season strong as they face three high-powered conference foes in the coming weeks. This coming Saturday the Mules host Amherst College, who sit just outside the top 20 ranking. Two days later (October 21) Colby heads to Brunswick to take on #4 Bowdoin College, and the following week they close out the regular season at home against #15 Bates College (October 29). One win against any of those opponents will secure a spot in the NESCAC playoffs.
Tonight the Mules were all business, closing their second to last non-conference game with five unanswered goals. St. Joseph's got on the board first, however, as Emma Rutledge scored her eighth goal of the season at the start of the second quarter. Rutledge ranks second in the Great Northeast Atlantic Conference (GNAC) in points and is a reason why the Monks sit atop their conference standings. Goal keeper Alexandria Simpson is another reason St. Joseph's is having a great season, but the Mules beat the netminder for five goals and issued Simpson only her third loss of the season.
Colby got their scoring rolling halfway through the second quarter as Myri Skodock (cover photo) scored her first goal of the season. Colby struck for two more in the next three minutes, first by Kaitlyn Smith off an assist by Georgia Cassidy. Cassidy assisted the next one as well, this time feeding Eliza Mell for her fifth goal of the year.
Cassidy scored her eighth goal of the season for the only score in the third quarter, with Emily Hogan providing the pass. The scoring was closed out in the fourth quarter when Smith scored her second of the game and sixth of the season, assisted by first year Hwida Sevigny (photo inset). Emily Buckman was strong in goal, turning away four shots in the first half as the Monks held a 8-7 shot advantage in the first 30 minutes. Colby's defense held the Monks without a shot in the second half.
Game time for the matchup between Colby and Amherst this Saturday is 12:00 PM.