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Defense, Skodock power field hockey past No. 6 Amherst

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College field hockey earned one of its biggest wins in program history with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over sixth-ranked Amherst College on Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.

The Mules move to 9-3 overall and 4-3 in the NESCAC. Colby has now won six straight games on the new Bill Alfond Field and four straight overall. Amherst dropped to 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the league. The two teams are tied for fifth in the conference, but Colby now has the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Colby had the win on Senior Day for Meredith Keenan and Kat Restrepo.
"I'm extremely proud of the entire team effort. Our defense stayed focused, smart, and strong for the entire 70 minutes," Colby head coach Kelly Terwilliger said. "Our seniors, Kat and Meredith, are great leaders and are very deserving of this victory." 
Game highlights
* Amherst dominated the opening five minutes of the game and the Mules never got the ball past midfield during that time.
* Colby's first trip across midfield resulted in the lone goal of the game. Georgia Cassidy had a long pass to Myri Skodock, who had good offensive position on an Amherst defender. Skodock controlled the pass, turned, and fired a low shot just 6:44 into the contest.
* Neither team had outstanding chances the rest of the way. The Mammoths had an 8-5 shot advantage for the game, but a huge 16-4 margin in penalty corners. Colby, though, did a terrific job defending the corners and Amherst had few scoring opportunities on the restarts.
By the numbers
* Cassidy reached 30 points on the season with her assist. She has 14 goals and two assists.
* Skodock is up to four goals and one assist for nine points in her first season with the Mules.
* Colby goaltender Riley Whitmyer posted her sixth shutout of the season and raised her save percentage to .852 with five saves.
* Emilie Flamme stopped four shots for the Mammoths.
Next on the schedule
* Colby is right back in action Sunday at Bowdoin College for a 1 p.m. start. The 17th-ranked Polar Bears are 6-5 overall and 3-4 in the NESCAC after a 2-1 loss at home to Hamilton College on Saturday.
* Amherst also is in action Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bates College.
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