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Field hockey ready for NESCAC playoff game Saturday

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College field hockey team, after losing a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime game to Amherst College, has won three straight games heading into the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs.
The eighth-seeded Mules will get the toughest league tournament playoff game in the country. Colby visits top-ranked Middlebury College at 1 p.m. Saturday in a quarterfinal game. The Panthers are the defending national and league champions.
Colby took a 1-0 victory over rival Bates College to clinch the playoff spot Wednesday. The Mules also defeated then 13th-ranked Hamilton College and University of New England in the winning streak. Mule goalkeeper Riley Whitmyer (pictured) did not allow a goal in the three games.
"The Amherst game was definitely a heartbreaking loss, but we played some good hockey even though it didn’t turn out in our favor," Whitmyer said. "Whenever you play a game like that, all you want to do is come back even stronger and that’s what we’ve done. Our mindset hasn’t really changed since that game. I think we just have a little more fire in us to get the job done and our confidence keeps building."
Colby (9-6 overall) received the big goal against Bates from Emily Hogan, who is tied with teammate Myri Skodock for second in scoring. Both players have six goals and one assist. The leading scorer all season has been junior Georgia Cassidy with 12 goals and nine assists for 33 points.
Erin Nicholas leads the Panthers (14-1) with 11 goals and seven assists, while Grace Jennings has nine goals and four assists.
In the regular season game at Colby, the Mules held a 1-0 halftime lead on a score by Merel van Gijzen. Nicholas had one of the four goals for Middlebury in the second half.
The game will be broadcast by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN) at colleges/colby/
NESCAC Field Hockey Championships
Quarterfinals - Saturday, October 27
at Higher Seeds
No. 5 Trinity at No. 4 Hamilton - 12:30 p.m.
No. 8 Colby at No. 1 Middlebury - 1 p.m.

Quarterfinals - Sunday, October 28
at Higher Seeds
No. 7 Amherst at No. 2 Tufts - 12 p.m.
No. 6 Bowdoin at No. 3 Williams - 1 p.m.
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