Women's Hockey: Season comes to an end
Although the weather was absolutely glorious for a February weekend, the 2010 winter carnival was not as enjoyable for the Colby women's hockey team this year. The Lady Mules played in two games over the weekend, one against Wesleyan University on Friday night and another on Saturday against Trinity College. Both games were played at home on Colby's own Alfond Rink and, although morale was high for the women's hockey team after its big win against Amherst College on January 30th, the Mules could not pull off a win in either game.
Friday night's game against Wesleyan University was extremely tight; Colby nearly came back from a 3-0 deficit but could not score more than two goals. Colby ended up losing to Wesleyan 3-2. This was the Mules' second game against the Cardinals in the 2009-2010 season, and in both games Colby could not produce a win. In this game, however, Colby battled Wesleyan for the eighth spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) playoffs.
The Wesleyan Cardinals took an early lead in the game with two goals in the first period. Only one goal was scored by Wesleyan in the second period, bringing the game's score to Cardinals 3 Mules 0. But only forty seconds into the third period, first-year player Ally Kane scored for Colby. Kane's goal was assisted by teammates Marissa Simmons '12 and Kaitlyn Conway '10. This pumped up the Mules who scored approximately seven minutes into the third period's official playing time. Stephanie Scarpato '11, assisted by Conway and Simmons, scored Colby's second goal. Goalkeeper, Loni Pisani '11 had twelve saves for the Mules.
Then on Saturday afternoon the women's hockey team played its last home game of the season against Trinity College. Just like in the game the previous night against the Wesleyan Cardinals, Colby attempted to battle back from a 3-0 deficit, but ultimately fell to the Trinity Bantams. Trinity scored three goals in the first period, two of which were on power plays. However, just before time ran out, Marissa Simmons scored on a power play for Colby from an assist by Kathy Shei '13. In the second period, Colby closed the gap with a goal scored by Conway, assisted by Shei. However, Trinity scored two more goals with just four and a half minutes left in the second period, bringing the score to 5-2. In the third period, Kane scored for the Mules off of an assist from teammates Simmons and Scarpato. Loni Pisani had twenty-four saves for the Mules, but could not stop the Bantams, resulting in a final score of Colby 3 Trinity 5.
Colby women's hockey finished its regular season with an overall record of 3-14-5 and a NESCAC record of 1-10-3. The women's hockey team will be losing three seniors this year: defenders Andrea Fuwa and Tatiana Kowalewski and forward Kaitlyn Conway. Although the season did not end as successfully as the team expected, Colby women's hockey can definitely promise an exciting future for the program.