Cassidy, Whitmyer lead field hockey past No. 13 Hamilton

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Georgia Cassidy scored with 8:24 left in the game and Riley Whitmyer stopped 11 shots for the shutout to help the Colby College field hockey team to a 1-0 win over 13th-ranked Hamilton College on Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.
 
Whitmyer was one of seven players to be honored on Senior Day. The Mules were playing their final home game of the season.
 
Game highlights
* Despite a 17-4 shot advantage, the Mules' defense and Whitmyer kept the Continentals off the scoreboard. Hamilton had 12 shots in the second half.
 
* Colby's goal was set up when senior Kate Burkett made a steal at midfield and was fouled. Moments later, Merel van Gijzen hit a perfect ball with a lot of pace to Eliza Mell (pictured) streaking down the right side of the field. Mell went toward the goal and her pass in front was knocked in by Cassidy as she was being hit from behind.
 
By the numbers
* Whitmyer had five saves in the opening half and eight in the second half. Colby backs Ally Corbett and Sally Cassidy both had defensive saves.
 
* The Continentals had a slight 6-4 edge in penalty corners in the first half, but had all nine corners in the final 35 minutes.
 
* Julia Booth was credited with two saves for Hamilton (10-4 overall, 6-4 NESCAC). 
 
* Colby's seven seniors honored were Burkett, Eleanor Fitzgerald, Sarah Gaffney, Kallie Hutchinson, Holli Olson, Merrill Read, and Whitmyer.
 
Next up
The Mules are back in action Sunday at University of New England in the final non-conference game of the season at 1 p.m. Colby (7-6 overall, 3-6 NESCAC) will have what amounts to a NESCAC play-in game with Bates College for the second straight year on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Lewiston. Bates is 2-7 in the league, but would get the coveted eighth and final spot in the playoffs with a win over the Mules. 
 
Box score
Field hockey tops Camels, 2-1
September 23, 2018 Field hockey tops Camels, 2-1