Medford Mass. - The Colby College Field Hockey team held tough and entered the final ten minutes of play within one goal of #5 ranked Tufts University, but Beth Krikorian finished her hat trick to push the Jumbos past the Mules 4-1 in the first round of the NESCAC playoffs.
Colby returned to Ounjian Field on the campus of Tufts looking for revenge from its heartbreaking loss there earlier this season. At the time, Colby had rocketed its way into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Coaches Poll for the first time since 2003. In that game, the Jumbos scored the game winner with 19 seconds remaining, and issued the Mules its only loss in the first seven games of the season.
Today's game started in similar fashion, with Tufts staking a 2-0 lead after the first 12 minutes of play. The first goal came from Gillian Roeca three minutes in and Krikorian tallied at the 12 minute mark on an assit from Marguerite Salamone.
Colby stiffened and held even for the remainder of the first half, and even all the way through the third quarter. With nine minutes to play, Delaney Keithley (photo inset) scored her first goal of the season on a pass from Ally Corbett (headline photo) to draw the Mules to within one. Krikorian was quick to respond scoring her second and third goals of the contest within the next six minutes.
Colby will have to wait until the NCAA bracket is announced to see if its season continues. The winner of the NESCAC tournament receives an automatic spot in the NCAA tournament. At large bids are also issued to other teams with a strong ranking to fill the field. With the Mules currently ranked #18 in the country in the NFHCA Coaches Poll, there is a chance Colby will be named to help fill the field of 18.