(Courtesy Colby Sports Information)
WATERVILLE, Maine - Junior Becca Bruce led the Colby College field hockey team with three goals Tuesday as the White Mules won their home opener against Plymouth State College, 3-1.
The White Mules took the offense early, and the persistence paid off as Bruce scored an unassisted goal 17:37 into the game. Bruce added another first half goal and completed the hat trick in the second half, with Lyndsay Peters and Lizzy Brandt picking up assists.
The sole goal for the Panthers was scored with six minutes remaining by junior Sacha Jackson (Sangerville, Me.), her second of the season with an assist from senior Kerri Tarpy (Biddeford, Me.)
The Colby goaltending tandem of senior Jane Stevens and junior Carrie Torrisi stopped 10 of PSC's 11 shots on goal. PSC's keepers, sophomore Lindsey Breda (Londonderry, NH) and freshman Ellen Ward (Thorndike, Me.) held off Colby the best they could, stopping 16 of 19 shots on goal.
Despite the loss, PSC head coach Bonnie Lord praised the improved play of her squad. Freshman sweeper Whitney Swaffield (Wolfeboro, NH) and sophomore center back Kristle Wheeler (Brandon, Vt.) have been solid defenders, and the midfield contingent of juniors Danielle Cardin (Southampton, NH), Megan Fournier (East Waterboro, Maine) and Sarah Lynch (Belgrade Lakes, Maine) have shown marked improvement. "We've implemented a new system, and the girls are working hard to learn it," said Lord, "and Tuesday it all came together for the whole team, regardless of the score. We feel like the girls have turned the corner. Ellen Ward also had a stellar debut in goal, making several outstanding saves."
The Panthers return to Plymouth to make their 2000 home debut Saturday in the Little East Conference opener at Arold Field against UMass Dartmouth (1 p.m.).