It was an auspicious start for the Mules at the Harold Alfond Stadium as Colby upset Middlebury, the 2007 New England Small College Conference football champion, 24-19, in the first game played on the new synthetic turf field, Sept. 27.
The $6-million project includes a Field Turf surface, identical to the field the New England Patriots play on in their home stadium, an upgraded NCAA-standard track, new lighting, and raised embankments to reduce wind.
The new facilities are named for the late Harold Alfond, renowned philanthropist and Colby benefactor.
The new surface, which was designed to accommodate soccer and lacrosse as well as football, is expected to reduce injuries and reduce maintenance costs.
But it also may have some Colby mojo.
Coming off what could have been a dispiriting loss at Williams, Colby came back with a vengeance against Middlebury.
Colby led from the outset, eventually opening up a 24-6 lead on a balanced rushing and passing attack and mistake-forcing defense. Middlebury rebounded in the final 10 minutes, scoring twice, but Colby held on. “It was a great win for our football program,” head coach Ed Mestieri told The Colby Echo. “Middlebury was a good football team and we beat them in all three phases of the game.”
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