Sports Shorts


Colby Fall sports roundup

By Stephen Collins '74

Women's Soccer [Web site]
For the second year in a row the women's soccer team made the NESCAC semifinals, finishing the season with a 9-3-3 record. Goalkeeper Liza Benson '07, forward Laura Williamson '07, midfielder Katie McCabe'08, and defender Mollie Puskar '08 each earned all-conference honors, and Benson made the first team for the second straight year. Williamson became Colby's all-time leading scorer and made the all-NESCAC team all four years. She also set records for goals in a season (14) and points in a season (35). Benson led the NESCAC in saves per game (6.93) and was second in save percentage (.889) and third in goals against average (0.84). McCabe became Colby's all-time assist leader and will head into her senior season with 19 career assists and two goals. Puskar led a defense that allowed just 13 goals in 15 games and posted five shutouts. Head Coach Jen Holsten '90 became the first Colby women's soccer coach to reach 100 career victories. Her teams are 101-70-22 in 13 seasons.

Men's Soccer [Web site]
Men's soccer had one of its best seasons in years with a 6-5-3 record. Unfortunately, the final game, against Bates, was called off with 10 minutes left in regulation time because of heavy rain and strong winds with the score at 2-2. Colby needed a win to make the NESCAC playoffs. Co-captains Daniel Kiernan '07 and Josh Kahane '07 each made the NESCAC all-conference second team, Kiernan as a defender and Kahane as goalkeeper. Jim Pilgrim '07 led the team in scoring with four goals for eight points. Todd Boertzel '09 (2 goals, 2 assists) and Logan King '09 (1 goal, 4 assists) were other scoring leaders. Kiernan, Jamie Waters '08, Matt Shatkin '09, and Jose Luis Mendoza '08 joined forces on defense to keep the Mules in nearly every game and to post five shutouts.

Men's Tennis [Web site]
Bryan Brown '09 won four tough matches against NESCAC opponents from Bowdoin, Middlebury, Amherst, and Bates on the way to winning the 'A' flight title at the Wallach Men's Tennis Invitational at Bates. In the Middlebury Invitational co-captain Zack Schuman '08 earned wins over Bowdoin and Bates opponents to make it to the semifinal round. Men's tennis played a limited schedule in the fall and will play again this spring.

Women's Tennis [Web site]
Allison Dunn '07 and Tracy Nale '07 each made the quarterfinals in tournaments this fall. The senior duo will lead the Mules into a busier spring season starting in March. The team went 1-1 in dual matches and played in two major tournaments. Dunn and Nale also made the semifinal round of the consolation bracket in doubles. Nale made the quarterfinal round of second singles at the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT). Meanwhile, Ginny Raho '07 and Julie Achenbaum '10 advanced to the NEWITT quarterfinal round of second doubles.

Field Hockey [Web site]
The field hockey team's 4-10 record in 2006 doesn't reflect the competitiveness of a team that had four of their losses decided in overtime and seven games lost by just one goal. With only three seniors graduating, the Mules should be stronger next year. Forward Mary Clare Snediker '09 made the All-NESCAC second team for the second straight year. She equaled last year's scoring output with nine goals and now has 18 career goals for 36 points. Forward Chrissy Maloney '07 (5 goals, 1 assist) and classmate Kyla Wagman '07 (2 goals, 5 assists) both had solid final seasons.

Golf [Web site]
The golf team won dual meet with Maine-Farmington and the women placed second at the CBB tourney. Jack Peet '07 had the top score for the Mules against UMF. Connor Tubridy '08 had the best two-day total for Colby at the NESCAC Championships, where Jessica Vogel '09 and Jackie Page '07 had the top two scores for the women.

Women's Cross-Country [Web site]
Karen Prisby '07 and Anna King '08 were headed to the NCAA Division III Championship meet when this publication went to press. As a team the Mules just missed qualifying for the NCAA meet, placing sixth at the New England Division III meet. Prisby, an All American last year after finishing in the top 20 at the national meet, was the top runner for Colby all season. She placed fourth at the New England Division III meet, was fifth at the NESCAC Championships, and won a second straight State of Maine title. King placed second at the State of Maine meet, and Liz Petit '08 took fifth.

Men's Cross-Country [Web site]
Dan Vassallo '07 was on his way to the NCAA Division III Championship meet when this publication went to press. He earned the trip by placing ninth at the New England Division III meet and also placed second at the State of Maine meet. John Swain '08 apparently liked running in the rain, placing eighth at the NESCAC Championships at Connecticut College. He was ninth at the State of Maine meet.

Football [Web site]
The football team finished 2-6 after losing a number of key players to graduation and then suffering injury problems throughout the season. Colby's defense kept the Mules in most games in the second half of the season, allowing just 33 points over the last four games. Andrew Heaney '07 led with team bests of 78 tackles and 41 solo stops. John Murphy '09 (42 tackles), Alex Halls '09 (39), and Jackson Parker '07 (37) also were among tackle leaders. Parker led the team with seven tackles for loss. Justin Smith '07 had 1,014 passing yards to lead Colby's offense. Chris Bashaw '08 ran for 379 yards and caught 21 passes for 179 yards. Brennan Moore '07 added 28 catches for 308 yards and punted for nearly a 35-yard average. Kicker Brian Bachow '09 made five of his eight field goal attempts, including four of five from 20 to 29 yards.

Women's Crew [Web site]
The women's crew finished fourth at the New Hampshire Championships and the Textile River Regatta. The varsity eight was 15th out of 57 boats in the collegiate race at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Men's Crew
[Web site]
The men's crew varsity eight took fifth in the Textile River Regatta, eighth in the New Hampshire Championships, and 18th out of 51 boats at the Head of the Charles.

Volleyball [Web site]
After the loss of four key seniors from the 2005 NCAA tournament team, women's volleyball finished with a 13-19 record. Kendall Kirby '07, playing at the libero position, earned NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight season and was on the league's second team. She led the conference in digs (707) and led Colby in service aces (80). Kirby ended her career as the school's all-time leader in digs. Jenny Lawrence '09 added 952 assists, 340 digs, and 69 service aces from her setter position, and Meredith Lawler '09 showed great promise with 423 kills and 77 blocks. Kirby and middle blocker Julie Hike '09 were invited to play in the New England Volleyball Coaches Association Senior Classic.

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