NESCAC Players’ of the Week 

Three Colby athletes were honored this past week by the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Alanna McDonough ’16 in Track and Field, Carl Reid ’17 in Men’s Tennis and Soren Hanson ’16 in Baseball.


Carl Reid '17

Carl Reid ’17


Carl Reid ’17, Men’s Tennis, was named NESCAC Player of the Week for his win over Amherst and is the Regional Player of the week as an award of his 7-0 record in singles play. He is a two-time All-American and is 36-5 in his Colby Career.


Soren Hanson ’16


Soren Hanson ’16, Baseball, was named NESCAC Player of the week scoring five doubles during his nine hits with batting average .450, four RBI and .542 on-base percentage. He was selected to the All-NESCAC First Team in 2015 and pitched a 9-2 win over Williams College and is currently first in the standings for run average.


Alanna McDonough ’16


Alanna McDonough ’16, Track and Field, was named NESCAC Performer of the Week in Track as she won the 3,000 meter steeplechase and dominated the competition. She is a two-time All-American and finished fifth in the 2016 NCAA Indoor Meet.


HADLEY, Mass. – The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) is proud to announce the launching of its You Can Play Project video today.

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The video was filmed at Tufts University during the NESCAC Student Advisory Committee on Athletics’ (SAAC) fall and spring meetings. Each of the 11 NESCAC institutions participated in the video, with 29 student-athletes from the following NESCAC sports represented: baseball, women’s basketball, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s squash, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, and men’s track & field.

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Colby Women's Indoor Track 2015-2016 Photograph by Dean Denis

Colby Women’s Indoor Track 2015-2016
Photograph by Dean Denis

As the semester comes to an end, students are refueling for Jan Plan and the second semester. Winter athletes have started the season strong, and look to progress in 2016. Men’s Basketball will compete in the Land of Magic Classic 12/28-12/29, all other teams begin in 2016 with Men’s Ice Hockey in the Plattsburgh Winter Classic 1/1-1/2, Women’s Basketball at Umass-Boston 1/2 and Women’s Ice Hockey in the Castleton State Tournament 1/2-1/3.

Check out some highlights.

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Men's Ice Hockey Goalkeeper Emerson Verrier '18 (Dean Denis Photography)

Men’s Ice Hockey Goalkeeper Emerson Verrier ’18
(Dean Denis Photography)

Emerson Verrier’18 was selected to the NESCAC Player of the Week and named the MVP in the Bowdoin/Colby Classic helping the Mules win the tournament. The Mules tied UMass Boston (1-1) and beat Endicott (5-2), Verrier had 61 total saves, and a remarkable penalty shot save in overtime of the Umasss Boston game.


The Men’s Ice Hockey team plays Bowdoin at 7 p.m. HOME on Friday, December 4th, and away at Bowdoin on Saturday, December 5, at 7 p.m. Go Mules!!


Women’s Basketball (3-0)

The Mules won the Bridgewater State Tournament, defeating Wesley and William Smith College. Carylanne Wolfington ’16 named MVP on Saturday and Emily Davis ’19 received all-tournament selection honors. CWB beat Thomas 81-31, and compete against Bates on 11/29.

Women’s Ice Hockey (2-1)

CWH defeated Bowdoin 4-3 in overtime after a 6-3 loss the previous night. Katie Tang ’16 had the overtime goal, with a goal also by Sasha Fritts ’18 and two goals by Bella Papapetros ’18; goalkeeper Angelica Crites’16 had 18 saves. The Mules play UMass Boston on 11/29 after beating Southern Maine 2-1.

Women’s Squash (1-1)

The Mules opened the season with a win against Northeastern (8-1) and a loss against Wellesley (7-2). Julie Wolpow ’16 and Helen Bernhard ’19 both won her individual matches with 3-0 wins over Northeastern and 3-2 wins over Wellesley. The Women’s Squash team face Middlebury on 1/9.

Women’s Swimming (0-1)

The Mules competed against Amherst (149-108 loss). Catherine Cimini’18 finished second in 100 butterfly and tied with Katie Southworth ’16 in the 50 freestyle. Southworth, Cimini, Katherine King’19 and Shauna Yang’16 finished second in 200 medley relay. The Women’s Swim Team will compete in the Maine State Meet 12/4-12/5.

Men’s Basketball (2-1)

Men’s Basketball beat Thomas 77-61, and Curry College in the WPI Tournament 102-88. The Mules fell short against Staten Island at the WPI Tournament in overtime 98-92. Ryan Jann ’16 was 6 for 11 field with team high of 17 points, Patrick Stewart’16 had 12 points, and Sam Wilson’16 had 11 points. The Mules battle Regis at 3 p.m. on 11/29.

Men’s Ice Hockey (0-2-1)

Men’s Hockey open the season with losses against Williams 1-0 and Middlebury 4-0. The Mules tied UMass-Boston 1-1, OT, in the Bowdoin/Colby Classic which continues 11/29 against Endicott. Goalkeeper Emerson Verrier’18 blocked a penalty shot with only two seconds remaining in overtime, and Griffen Fadden ’18 scored a goal in the second period. The Mules take on Bowdoin 12/4-12/5.

Men’s Squash (2-0)

Men’s Squash opened the season with two wins defeating Northeastern 8-1 and MIT 7-2. Elliot Gross ’19, CJ Smith’16, Andrew Swapp’18, Matt Epstein’18, Gregory Ho’16, and Andrew Beacham’17 all won his opening two matches.

Men’s Swimming

The Mules opened the season against Amherst (147-119 loss). Carter Garfield ’19 won the 200 breaststroke and placed third in 100 breaststroke. John Pintauro’17 won the 3-meter board and placed second on the 1-meter board for Diving. Jacob Tower’19, John Blackburn’17, Joe Knight’17 and John Devine’18 finished third in the 100 freestyle.


Kim Donaldson’16 (Photo by Brian Beard/ 

Meg Fortier'16

Meg Fortier’16 (Photo by Dean Denis)











Kim Donaldson’16 and Meg Fortier’16 were both named to the all NESCAC teams, for Volleyball and Field Hockey respectively.

Donaldson was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference Volleyball All-Conference Second Team on Tuesday, with a career of over 300 blocks, leading the season in total blocks. This is her first time selected to All-NESCAC team.

Fortier was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference Field Hockey All-Conference Second Team  on Tuesday, with 42 goals and 20 assists for 104 career points making her the all-time leading scorer for Colby. This is her third time selected to the All-NESCAC team.

Fortier was also selected to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Senior Game on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. at Washington & Lee University.


Dean Denis Photography

Dean Denis Photography

Colby College senior linebacker Stephen O’Grady (North Andover, Mass.) was selected to the College Sports Information Director’s Association Academic All-District 1 Division III Football Team. Only three linebackers from New England were selected to the team. O’Grady, a tri-captain and middle linebacker, had a total of 45 tackles before Saturday’s game against Bowdoin College. O’Grady is an Environmental Science major, and earned NESCAC Fall All-Academic honors all three years of eligibility.

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Colby Field Hockey

Colby Field Hockey spent Halloween decorating cookies for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter! The team’s efforts support the shelter’s goal to “provide safe shelter, food, support services, and an avenue to self-sufficiency for homeless adults and children in our community”.


Photo Credit: Kelsey Poole ’17


Colby Women’s Basketball

The Colby Women’s Basketball team volunteered this past weekend in the greater Waterville area cleaning and providing trail work for the Inland Woods Trails.

Colby Women's Basketball

Colby Women’s Basketball

With several miles of walking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing trails, the park is treasured as a community resource during all four seasons.

Photo credit: MaryKate Caverly


Dean Denis Photography













Junior running back Jabari Hurdle-Price ’17 is the NESCAC Offensive Player of the week! Hurdle-Price is a key offensive player for the Mules, he rushed for 202 yards on 26 carries including a dramatic 65-yard touchdown giving the Mules a 21-17 lead over Wesleyan this past Saturday with only 4:09 remaining. Hurdle-Price’s 202 rushing yards is the most for any Mule in 12 years.  He is first in the league for all-purpose yards (159.3) and second for rushing yards per game (95.3).