Posted: Dec 13, 2018
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College's Riley Whitmyer, one of the top field hockey goalkeepers in the NESCAC over the past fwo years, was named the Mules' Most Valuable Player at the team's season-ending banquet.
Whitmyer, a senior and three-year starter, finished her career with 308 saves, a .798 save percentage, 20 victories, 12 shutouts and a 1.98 goals against average. She led the NESCAC this season in total saves and led the league in save percentage last year. Whitmyer was second in the conference this year in save percentage.
"Riley was very deserving of this award," Colby head coach Kelly Terwilliger said. "Wins are easier to come by when you have someone in the cage that makes it really difficult to score. Riley was that for us during her career."
Colby first-year Sally Cassidy made an impact right away on defense and earned the team's Rookie of the Year honor. Cassidy started all 16 games and had one defensive save.
"Sally was selfless, determined, focused, and had had a great attitude," Terwilliger said.
Senior Merrill Read was honored with the Mule Spirit Award for embodying the spirit and tradition of Colby field hockey hockey both on and off the field. Read was tied for fourth in scoring this past season with four goals and one assist.
"Merrill is a vocal leader, facilitator, has wonderful energy, and is a competitor," Terwilliger said. "She always wanted what was best for the program and was willing to sacrifice for what was best."
Senior forward Sarah Gaffney (pictured) earned the Team Highest Grade Point Average Award. She was a three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic Squad member and made the NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team three times.