WATERVILLE — The Thomas College field hockey team has never beaten cross-town rival Colby before and has not come close in the past five years.

On Wednesday afternoon at Bernatchez Field, though, the Terriers gave the Mules all they could handle. Kallie Hutchinson and Megan Fortier each scored goals in the final seven minutes to help Colby escape with a 4-2 victory.

The Mules now lead the all-time series 13-0, but this was by far the closest contest between the two non-conference foes in some time. Colby had outscored Thomas 37-0 over the past five meetings, and the last time the Terriers had scored a goal against the Mules came in a 4-1 loss in 2009.

Early on Wednesday it appeared the game was headed down a similar path, as Misha Strage put Colby ahead 1-0 just 4:12 into the contest off an assist from Fortier. The Terriers regrouped, though, and the score remained as such until Fortier doubled the Mules’ advantage with 19:05 remaining in the game.

Gabby Martell finally got Thomas on the board three minutes and 15 seconds later, and with 9:16 to play the Gorham High graduate struck again to tie the contest. The lead would not last, though, as Hutchinson put Colby back on top a little over three minute later before Fortier iced the win with her second score.

Sarah Evans finished the game with five saves in goal for Colby, while Mount View grad Abbie Charrier had eight saves for Thomas.

The Mules will be back in action Saturday at 1 p.m. when they take on No. 8 Tufts, while next up for the Terriers is a home contest against Simmons on Sunday at 11 a.m.

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