Waterville, Maine - The #18 Colby College Field Hockey team fell Tuesday night to the #17 Bobcats of Bates College 3-1.
Colby retains the sixth seed entering the NESCAC playoffs. Their destination will be decided after Wednesday night's showdown between Tufts University and Bowdoin College. The winner of the match holds the second seed and will host Hamilton College, while the loser of the match will slide to the third seed and welcome our Mules. All quarterfinal round matches will be held on Saturday November 2 at the location of the higher seed.
Bates got off to a fast start, scoring the first two goals of the contest off of penalty corners. The first goal was tallied by Elsbeth Caulo five minutes into the game, and the second came just before the 20 minute mark by Emily Gianunzio. Determined to get on the board before the end of the second quarter and cut the defecit in half, the Mules did just that when Georgia Cassidy scored her 11th goal of the season only minutes before the break. Cassidy made Bates goalkeeper Grace Biddle leave her feet on a fake, retained possession while flanked by two defenders, and dove right to shoot around the sprawled out Biddle. The ball bounded into the cage for the score.
The Bobcats kept the pressure going for the second 30 minutes, leading in shots 3-1 and penalty corners 5-1. They were able to capitalize once more when Bridget Thompson scored with seven minutes remaining to make it 3-1, which is how the game would end. Biddle ended the contest with four saves and ranks fourth in the conference in save percentage with 0.93.
Performances of note go to Ally Corbett (photo inset) from her back position. She consistently won battles for control and fed the ball forward. Kaitlyn Smith (headline photo) also complimented Cassidy well on the attack with two shots on goal. She almost scored the equalizer right before half as she dove to deflect a shot off a penalty corner that flew past the ankles of all defenders, but the ball skipped just wide of the cage.
The Mules end the regular season at 9-6 and eagerly await their opponent for Saturday's opening round match.
(photo courtesy of Alec Chapman '21)