|Amherst College||Colby College|
WATERVILLE, Maine — Colby College field hockey earned one of its biggest wins in program history with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over sixth-ranked Amherst College on Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.
The Mules move to 9-3 overall and 4-3 in the NESCAC. Colby has now won six straight games on the new Bill Alfond Field and four straight overall. Amherst dropped to 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the league. The two teams are tied for fifth in the conference, but Colby now has the head-to-head tiebreaker.
* Amherst dominated the opening five minutes of the game and the Mules never got the ball past midfield during that time.
* Colby’s first trip across midfield resulted in the lone goal of the game. Georgia Cassidy had a long pass to Myri Skodock, who had good offensive position on an Amherst defender. Skodock controlled the pass, turned, and fired a low shot just 6:44 into the contest.
* Neither team had outstanding chances the rest of the way. The Mammoths had an 8-5 shot advantage for the game, but a huge 16-4 margin in penalty corners. Colby, though, did a terrific job defending the corners and Amherst had few scoring opportunities on the restarts.
By the numbers
* Cassidy reached 30 points on the season with her assist. She has 14 goals and two assists.
* Skodock is up to four goals and one assist for nine points in her first season with the Mules.
* Colby goaltender Riley Whitmyer posted her sixth shutout of the season and raised her save percentage to .852 with five saves.
* Emilie Flamme stopped four shots for the Mammoths.
Next on the schedule
* Colby is right back in action Sunday at Bowdoin College for a 1 p.m. start. The 17th-ranked Polar Bears are 6-5 overall and 3-4 in the NESCAC after a 2-1 loss at home to Hamilton College on Saturday.
* Amherst also is in action Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bates College.