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Contact: Bill Sodoma
Date: September 7, 2006
WATERVILLE, Maine --- With nine first-year players and five sophomores on the roster, Colby College field hockey coach Amy Bernatchez will have one of the youngest teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
The Mules went 5-8 last year, but Colby lost four one-goal games and allowed just 23 goals. How well the Mules do offensively will be the key to the 2006 season.
Colby opens the 2006 season Saturday at 1 p.m. at Tufts University. The Mules play at home for the first time the following Saturday against rival Bowdoin at 11 a.m. on Bill Alfond Field.
Colby should be strong in back with All-NESCAC junior Jamie Enos (South Hamilton, Mass.) and senior Molly Rice (South Portland, Maine) in goal. Enos was second in the conference in saves per game (10.50) and made most of her starts against league opponents. Rice, a tri-captain, had a 4-1 record and a .889 save percentage in her five games in goal.
Senior tri-captain Kyla Wagman (Potomac, Md.) leads the defense along with sophomores Mollie Kimmel (Madison, Conn.) and Frazer Humes (Littleton, Colo.).
Sophomore forward Mary Clare Snediker (New Canaan, Conn.) had nine of Colby's 23 goals last year in earning NESCAC second team honors. Junior tri-captain Jennifer Reilly (York Harbor, Maine) was second in scoring with four goals and one assist. Senior forward Chrissy Maloney (Wellesley, Mass.) and sophomore Chelsea Rosenheimer (Nashotah, Wisc.) also return on the forward line.
Junior Jess Egan (Medfield, Mass.) and MaryClaire McGovern (Stowe, Vt.) will play in the midfield along with sophomore Madison Gregor (Highlands Ranch, Colo.).
First-year players Caroline Duke (Englewood, Colo.), Katie Todd (Oak Park, Ill.), Amy Campbell (North Andover, Mass.), Jevan Jammal (Arlington, Mass.), Ann Reinig (Annapolis, Md.), Kaeley Shepard (Wilbraham, Mass.), Catherine Nix (Port Chester, N.Y.), Meghan Saccone (Andover, Mass.) and Ashley Wagner (Sudbury, Mass.) make up nearly half of the 21-woman roster. Todd, Jammal, Reinig, Nix and Saccone are all listed as backs. Shepard and Wagner will try to help out offensively, while Todd and Duke are midfielders.
Former Colby sweeper Kristin Putnam will be a volunteer assistant coach this season.