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Field Hockey—2011-12 Season Overview
2013 Season Outlook
After two straight solid recruiting classes, the Colby College field hockey team heads into the 2013 season with some confidence under third-year head coach Tina Cormier.
Colby (6-8 overall last year) has six of the top seven returning scorers back, key members of the defense in place, and both of last year's goaltenders back in the cage.
Sophomore Megan Fortier (Falmouth, Maine) was one of the top rookies in the New England Small College Athletic Conference a year ago. She earned All-Region and All-NESCAC honors after leading Colby in scoring with seven goals and six assists for 20 points. Fortier could play at forward or in the midfield.
Junior forward Erin Maguire (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and senior Caitlin Murray (Chatham, N.J.) both had 12 points a year ago to tie for second in scoring. Maguire had five goals and two assists while mainly playing forward, while Murray added four goals and four assists. Murray, who could play in back or in the midfield, was strong on penalty corners last year.
Sophomore forward Ellie Donohue (Andover, Mass.) was the other player in double figures in scoring with five goals and one assist for 11 points, while classmate Misha Strage (Westport, Conn.) added four goals. Junior forward Kaitlyn O'Connell (Danvers, Mass.) also returns at forward after scoring twice and dishing one assist. The Mules will have added depth upfront with senior Erika Johnson (Pomfret, Vt.), junior Caitlin Guiney (Concord, Mass.), and first-year McKayla Blanch (Tewksbury, Mass.). Johnson had one goal and one assist last year, while Guiney scored twice.
Junior Caroline Keaveney (Greenwich, Conn.) started 10 of Colby's 14 games last year in the midfield and had a pair of assists. Senior Charlotte Deavers (Huntington Bay, N.Y.) had some starts in the midfield a year ago and sophomore Grace McVey (Bronxville, N.Y.) also returns. First-years Tori Brown (Medfield, Mass.), Caroline Ferguson (Weston, Mass.), Hannah Hearn (Auburn, Maine), and Meghan Murray (Chatham, N.J.) will look to make an impact in the midfield.
Colby's defense will be led by junior Kellie Walsh (Andover, Mass.) and Natalie Fischer (Freeland, Md.). Both were two of four players to start every game last season. Walsh finished with three assists while playing on the penalty corner crew. Sophomore Elizabeth Zusi (Summit, N.J.) is back after starting two games last year, but the Mules will be without senior Christina McCourt (Scituate, Mass.) due to injury. Kaleigh Hoffman (North Chelmsford, Mass.) and Lexie Perticone (Darien, Conn.) are first-years vying for quality minutes on defense.
Senior goaltender Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) started all 14 games last year and made 112 saves. Sarah Evans (Cohasset, Mass.) played in four games in her first season and allowed just one goal in 105 minutes of play.
2011 Season Outlook
WATERVILLE, Maine --- First-year head coach Tina Cormier takes over the Colby College field hockey team in 2011 and aims to rebuild the program.
The Mules finished 6-8 overall last year and missed out on the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs. Colby loses its top three scorers from that team, but the next seven leading scorers all return.
"The players are soaking in all the new information and are progressing really well," Cormier said. "We are seeing drastic improvements in their play and are really excited to compete for a spot at the NESCAC Championship."
Despite the loss of goaltender Liz Fontaine to graduation, Cormier said sophomore keeper Michelle Burt will fill in nicely. She saw limited minutes a year ago but is definitely ready for her opportunity, according to Cormier. Senior goalkeeper Casey Atwater is looking for a quick recovery from an injury to help add more depth to the goalkeeping unit.
The Mules will have an experienced defense in front of Burt. Sarah Falkof (4 assists), Caroline Chessare, and Kelly Roth started every game in which they played. Connie Jangro and Christina McCourt also will see time as will first-years Caroline Keaveney, Jessica Howerton, and Abby Fontaine.
The Mules have great depth on the offensive line and will definitely be a threat. Players that will see lots of action on the forward line are veteran players Courtney Erskine (3 goals), Charlotte Deavers, Sally Klose, along with Lauren Zion, Erika Johnson, and Cale Wardell. Kaitlyn O'Connell, Chase Healey, and Caiitlin Guiney are new players who could make an impact.
"I'm very fortunate to have Ashlyn as my assistant," Cormier said. "She brings a lot of knowledge and passion for hockey. With her fun-loving personality, she has already added such an important piece to our program."