Field hockey goes 1-1
Field hockey midfielder Caroline Chessare ’13 breaks away from a defender on the way to the goal.
Colby field hockey had a bittersweet week, losing to Williams College a few days after their victory against St. Joseph’s College on Tuesday night.
The Mules, playing on their home turf, took 27 shots in comparison to St. Joseph’s six. Michelle Burt ’14 made three saves and added another shutout to her record, and the 2-0 non-conference win bumped Colby up to 4-8 overall.
Twelve minutes into the game, St. Joseph’s goaltender, Meaghan Johnson, made two big saves. Courtney Erskine ’13 passed the rebound to Hannah O’Brien ’12, who put the ball in the net for the first goal of the game. Johnson gave the Mules a tough time, making 18 saves. Late in the second half, Sally Klose ’12 scored a second goal off of an assist from Natalie Fischer ’14. After the loss, St. Joseph’s dropped to a record of 9-4 overall.
The next match, which took place in Williamstown, Mass., didn’t have the result the Mules was hoping for. “It determined whether or not we made playoffs,” sophomore forward Charlotte Deavers said. “And unfortunately since we lost, we can’t go to NESCAC’s. It was disappointing because Williams showed up to play that day and we didn’t, so the loss has been hard on all of us.”
The Mules held their opponents off for the first half of the game; Burt made seven of her eight total saves before halftime. At 41:14, Williams’ Meera Sivalingam finally got one past Burt, and Emily Jablonski followed with two more goals. Colby had nine shots; Williams took 19. The 3-0 loss moved Colby to 4-9 overall and 1-8 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The new standings officially eliminated the Mules from making an appearance in the league playoffs.
The Mules, however, are not finished. The season-ending game will take place at home on Wednesday, Oct. 26 against Bates. According to Deavers, the team is hoping to end the season on a positive note: “Everyone really wants a win so I think we’ll come together and play a great game of field hockey to finish off the year.”
The field hockey team looks forward to seeing the Mule Mob at 4 p.m. to cheer the girls through the end of their season.