Marissa Simmons '12 was honored as the New England Small College Athletic Conference's (NESCAC) Co-Player of the Week on Monday, November 23. Simmons scored both goals in the Colby women's hockey season opener against New England College on Saturday, November 21. Her fellow forwards, Stephanie Scarpato '11 and Liz Osgood '11, assisted both of her goals. Simmons, a forward, led the Mules to a 2-1 victory over New England College. Also in the game, first-year goaltender Filomania Falcucci made 24 saves, 12 of which were in the second period.
The lady Mules lost some of their initial fervor in their next few games, racking up some ties and losses. The women's hockey team now stands at 1-2-3, but this will hopefully change, as the Mules will face rival team Bowdoin College at Bowdoin on December 11.
On November 24, Colby played University of Southern Maine at home but could not produce a win in overtime. Defender Ally Kane '13 gave the Mules a 2-1 lead in the third period with a shot assisted by Elissa Kurtz '11 and Kathryn Shei '13. Hoping to close the game after both Kane's and Simmons' shots, the USM team scored tying the game at 2-2.
A few days later, the women's hockey team played Williams College at Colby. Although Colby had a 27-23 shot advantage, Williams' goaltender, Sara Plunkett, posted her third straight shutout of the year. Falcucci had 19 saves but could not hold up against Williams' strong offense. The Ephs finished the game with a 4-0 lead over the Mules.
A similar outcome occurred when Colby faced the Middlebury Panthers on November 29. Middlebury has always been strong competition for Colby, and this game was no exception. Falcucci had 29 saves but this did stop Middlebury's Anna McNally, who played a part in all of the Panther's goals, giving Middlebury the 5-0 win.
Needing a confidence boost, the women's hockey team faced Hamilton College at Hamilton on Friday, December 4. Osgood scored a hat trick and Simmons scored an additional two goals to bring the Mules back to play. Assists for these five goals came from Stephanie Scarpato '11 and Kaitlyn Conway '10. Colby led Hamilton into overtime with a tied score of 5-5, but neither team scored in the extra minutes.
The women's hockey team played the following day against Connecticut College for an away game tie. Scarpato scored her first two goals of the season, one unassisted and the other assisted by Simmons and Osgood. Osgood also scored for the Mules off of a pass from Kurtz. Falcucci had another fantastic game with a total of 53 saves. She made 19 saves in the first period, 12 in the second, 15 in the third, and seven in overtime. The Mules finished the game tied 3-3 with the Camels.