WATERVILLE, Maine --- Despite the fifth goal of the season from Erin Maguire (Wolfeboro, N.H.), the Colby College field hockey team fell 4-2 to Wesleyan University in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Sunday at Bill Alfond Field.
Taylor Wells (Darien, Conn.) had one goal and two assists for Wesleyan, which had 30 shots on goal and had 17 penalty corners.
Wesleyan, which had a win over Bates College on Saturday, improved to 5-4 overall and 4-3 in the league. Colby dropped to 4-6 overall and 0-6 in the conference.
The Mules did strike first in the game when Misha Strage (Westport, Conn.) tipped in a blast from Caitlin Murray (Chatham, N.J. at 18:41 of the opening half.
Wesleyan, though, tied it up quickly at 20:15 when Vanessa Block (Saratoga, Calif.) scored in front when her shot deflected off a Colby defender and in.
The Cardinals took a 2-1 edge at halftime when Hannah Plappert (Newtown, Pa.) took a pass from Wells and scored from a tough angle on the left side of the goal.
Despite Wesleyan's 30-11 shot advantage and 17-7 margin in penalty corners, Colby did stay close. The Cardinals took a 3-1 advantage when Averill Roberto (Darien, Conn.) scored off a penalty corner from assists by Wells and Blair Ingraham (Northport, N.Y.) at 53:47.
On a wild scramble in front of the net, Maguire scored off her own rebound for Colby with just 6:16 to play in the game to make the deficit 3-2. The Mules decided after the goal to pull goalkeeper Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) to add an extra attacker. However, less than two minutes later Wesleyan earned a penalty corner and Wells tallied off a pass from Ashley McLaren (Essex Junction, Vt.).
Burt kept Colby in the game with 13 saves, while Wesleyan goaltender Tori Redding (Branford, Conn.) stopped five shots.
Wesleyan 4, Colby 2
Wesleyan............ 2 2 - 4
Colby............... 1 1 - 2
1. 18:41 COLFH12 Misha Strage (Caitlin Murray) - Penalty corner
2. 20:15 WESFH12 Vanessa Block (unassisted)
3. 29:02 WESFH12 Hannah Plappert (Taylor Wells)
4. 53:47 WESFH12 Averill Roberto (Blair Ingraham;Taylor Wells) - Penalty corner
5. 63:44 COLFH12 Erin Maguire (unassisted)
6. 65:13 WESFH12 Taylor Wells (Ashley McLaren) - Penalty corner
Shots: Wesleyan 30, Colby 11
Saves: Wesleyan 5 (Tori Redding 5), Colby 13 (Michelle Burt 13)