Seniors lead field hockey to league victory

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 23, 2010
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Hali Castleman

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College five seniors were honored before their final game on Bill Alfond Field and then all five went out and made a major impact in a 3-0 Mule victory over Connecticut College in NESCAC field hockey Saturday.

The final home game could not have gone better for seniors Hali Castleman (Wilbraham, Mass.), Liz Fontaine (Wilbraham, Mass.), Olivia Lattanzi (Milton, Mass.), Meryl Poulin (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), and Heather Quadir (Medfield, Mass.). Poulin scored the first two goals of the game, Fontaine earned the shutout in goal, Quadir and Lattanzi each had one assist, and Castleman's defense was a key part of the shutout.

Junior back Sarah Falkof (Wilmette, Ill.) also had a strong game with an assist and two defensive saves in the first half for Colby. Her defense helped Fontaine (seven saves) earn her 17th career victory at Colby.

Colby improves to 6-7 overall and 1-7 in the NESCAC with the win and keeps its league playoff hopes alive. The Mules must earn a victory at Bates College in the regular season finale at 4 p.m. for any chance at the playoffs. Connecticut College fell to 6-6 overall and 2-6 in the conference, with an away game at Wesleyan University next Friday in its final league game.

The Camels had the better of play for the opening 20 minutes of the first half, but Falkof twice came up with defensive saves on wild scrambles in front of the net. Connecticut College had a 16-12 shot advantage and a 13-3 margin in penalty corners in the game.

The Camels had a 7-1 advantage in penalty corners in the first half, only to see Colby score on its lone penalty corner chance. Caitlyn Lancaster (Cornville, Maine) had a smooth pass from line, Falkof made a clean stop, and Poulin ripped a shot into the back of the net at 14:37 of the first half.

Poulin scored her 10th goal of the season with 5:28 to halftime on a pretty backhand shot lifted to the upper right corner of the net. Quadir picked up the assist on the play for her 10th point of the season.

With the Camels putting on some pressure in the final 15 minutes, Colby's Lucy Gerrity (Cumberland, Maine) knocked in an insurance goal. Lattanzi had the centering pass from the right side that Gerrity calmly controlled and smacked in while standing in front of the goal.

Colby 3, Connecticut College 0

Conn College    0#0---0

Colby                    2#1---3


1st half

C: Meryl Poulin (Sarah Falkof, Caitlyn Lancaster), 14:37

C: Meryl Poulin (Heather Quadir), 29:32

2nd half

C: Lucy Gerrity (Olivia Lattanzi), 64:21

               Shots: Connecticut College 16, Colby 12. Penalty corners: Connecticut College 13, Colby 3. Goalies: Aimee Rich (Conn, 70:00, 3 GA, 3 saves); Liz Fontaine (Colby, 70:00, 0 GA, 7 saves).

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