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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 20, 2012
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College field hockey team had the effort and the statistical advantage in shots and penalty corners, but Williams College made more shots count in a 2-1 victory over the Mules on Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.
Williams clinched a NESCAC playoff spot with Saturday's hard-fought 2-1 win over Colby College at Bill Alfond Field.
Williams moved to 6-7 overall and 4-5 in the conference, while Colby fell to 5-8 and 1-8 in the league. The Mules came into the game knowing they had to win the final two regular season games against the Ephs and Bates College for any chance at making the conference playoffs.
The Mules did play with some urgency and had shots (17-14) and penalty corner (13-8) advantages in the game. While Colby had more total shots in the game, Williams had a 10-5 shots on goal margin.
After a scoreless first half, Colby struck first off a penalty corner at 43:19. Caroline Chessare (Hopkinton, Mass.) tipped in a shot to the upper left corner of the cage after a blast by Caitlin Murray (Chatham, N.J.).
The Ephs tied the game about seven minutes later when Katie Jolin (Guilford, Conn.) was left wide open in front of the cage for the goal. Annie VanWagenen (Rye, N.Y.) had the centering pass from the left side of the goal.
The Ephs got the game-winning goal at 60:18 when Cary Hairfield (Richmond, Va.) came strong to the goal from the left side and knocked in the winner after a scramble in front of the cage.
Ariana Spiliotes (Bethesda, Md.) made four stops in goal for Williams, while Michelle Burt stopped eight shots for the Mules.
Williams 2, Colby 1
Williams............ 0 2 - 2
Colby............... 0 1 - 1
1. 43:19 COLFH12 Caroline Chessare (Caitlin Murray) - Penalty corner
2. 50:20 WILLIAMS Katie Jolin (Annie VanWagenen)
3. 60:18 WILLIAMS Cary Hairfield (unassisted)
Shots: Williams 14, Colby 17; Saves: Williams 4 (Ariana Spiliotes 4), Colby 8 (Michelle Burt 8)