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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 30, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College field hockey team scored twice in the opening half and then held off Bates College in the final 35 minutes to post a 2-1 season-closing victory on Friday in New England Small College Athletic Conference play at Bill Alfond Field.
The Mules needed a win and have Wesleyan University lose at Connecticut College for a chance at the NESCAC playoffs. However, Wesleyan took a 3-2 win over the Camels to secure its playoff spot. Colby ends the season at 6-8 overall and 2-7 in the conference, while Bates closes out at 1-12 overall and 0-9 in league play.
Heather Quadir (Medfield, Mass.) scored 2:42 into the game for her ninth goal of the season. Kelly Roth (South Deerfield, Mass.) got the ball to Ashley Wagner (Sudbury, Mass.), who pushed the ball to Quadir right in front of the goal for the score.
Hannah O'Brien (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) made it 2-0 with 14:42 to play in the first half. Senior back Meghan Saccone (Andover, Mass.), playing in her final game, ripped a shot that O'Brien deflected into the goal as she stood at the left post. Saccone led the Mules in assists this year with six and also had three goals.
Bates did not give up and put pressure on in the second half. Samantha Rothkopf (Chicago, Ill.) smacked in a shot off a penalty corner for her first goal of the season.
Katie McEnroe (Hockessin, Del.) stopped eight shots for the Bobcats, while Liz Fontaine (Wilbraham, Mass.) made four stops for Colby.
Colby 2, Bates 1
C: Heather Quadir (Ashley Wagner, Kelly Roth), 2:42
C: Hannah O'Brien (Meghan Saccone), 20:18
B: Samantha Rothkopf (Sema Kazarian), 45:26
Shots: Bates 10, Colby 15. Penalty corners: Bates 6, Colby 6. Goalies: Katie McEnroe (Bates, 70:00, 2 GA, 8 saves); Liz Fontaine (Colby, 70:00, 1 GA, 4 saves).