NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College field hockey team dropped a 2-1 decision to Colby on Sunday afternoon at Silfen Field.
Trailing 2-0 in the waning minutes, the Camels were able to capitalize on a penalty corner to slice the lead in half. Senior Cara McConaughey (Scituate, Mass.) stick-stopped the feed at the top of the circle for sophomore Caroline Ferro (Wilton, Conn.), and the forward unleashed a shot that was redirected in by classmate Abby King (Canton, Mass.) with 1:10 left to play. A timeout was then taken to regroup, but the Mules were able to keep the ball away from their goal to hang on for the one-goal win.
Connecticut College had its first of many opportunities to get on the board about five minutes into the game. Junior Courtney Peyko (Grand Isle, Vt.) sent a ball down the field that was collected inside the circle by freshman Meghan Gazard (Ashland, Mass.) on the right side. Gazard then found a wide-open Jamie Navoni (Northborough, Mass.) for a point-blank look at the cage, but goalkeeper Riley Whitmyer denied the senior captain's shot which was headed towards the left post with her stick.
The Mules took control for the remainder of the half and had a commanding 15-2 shot advantage over the opening 35 minutes of play. Shortly after a Camel was whistled off the field for a green card, Emily Hogan put the visitors on the board when she tracked down a loose ball in the right corner and backhanded a shot which slid inside the near post in the 20th minute.
Less than eight minutes later, Colby doubled its lead when Georgia Cassidy found Molly Thomas through a scrum of players from both sides. Thomas was able to stop the ball and successfully backhand a shot that made it past freshman Camel netminder Jackie Mountford (Sherborn, Mass.) with 7:36 on the clock to allow her team to take a two-goal lead into the break.
The Camels had a golden opportunity to score their first goal when Ferro was given the opportunity to attempt a penalty stroke in the 57th minute. Her hard shot to the right post, however, was denied by Whitmyer. Despite surrendering a late marker on a penalty corner, the Mules were able to survive a more evenly-played second half to earn their first NESCAC win of the season.
Whitmyer picked up the win between the pipes by making six saves for Colby (4-3, NESCAC 1-3), which outshot the Camels by a 23-9 margin and had an 8-4 advantage in penalty corners. Mountford suffered the loss despite making a career-high 10 saves.
Connecticut College (2-5, NESCAC 0-3) continues league action when it visits Trinity on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.