LEWISTON, Maine -- Emily Hogan scored in the 13th minute and the Colby College Mules held on from there to defeat the Bates field hockey team by a score of 1-0 Wednesday night on Campus Ave. Field.
Colby (9-6, 4-6 NESCAC) flipped the script on the Bobcats (6-9, 2-8 NESCAC), qualifying for the NESCAC tournament with the win. In the previous three seasons, the final spot in the NESCAC tournament had also come down to the final game of the season, with Bates winning all three times to eliminate the Mules from playoff contention.
Despite the loss, Bates controlled most of the action, outshooting the Mules by a count of 13-5 on the evening. However, Bates only notched two shots on goal, with Colby keeper Riley Whitmyer making the save both times. The Mules tallied two shots on goal as well, with first-year Ellie Bauer (Denver, Colo.) making a nice glove save on a shot in the second half.
Bates also earned more penalty corners than Colby, tallying 13 on the evening to the Mules' five. The Colby defense did a good job preventing Bates from getting a solid stick on the ball despite the Bobcats having a lot of opportunities in the attack area throughout the contest.
In the 13th minute, Hogan intercepted a cross in the attacking area, catching the Bobcats' defense on their back feet. She spun around and fired a shot top shelf for her sixth goal of the season.
Junior captain Grace Fitzgerald (Larchmont, N.Y.) and first-year Riley Burns (Sterling, Mass.) paced the Bobcats with four shots each. Fitzgerald and junior Isa Garcia-Moreno (Baltimore, Md.) each tallied a shot on goal.
Hogan and Georgia Cassidy recorded two shots each for Colby.
The games marks the final one of the season for the Bates field hockey team.