M. lacrosse scores two upsets
Garth Franklin '13 sprints past a Wesleyan midfielder during the Mules' 11-5 victory over the Cardinals.
The men’s lacrosse team hosted a doubleheader this past weekend on the Bill Alfond Field against fellow New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools Wesleyan University and Trinity College. The Mules sent both teams back on the road in defeat after two exciting wins on Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8. The men moved to 5-3 overall and 3-3 in league play after their 9-7 win over Trinity.
The Mules took an 11-5 win over 15th-ranked Wesleyan on Saturday, scoring five goals in a span of 15 minutes to lead 5-1 at the break. Ian Deveau ’13 had two goals and three assists, scoring his first only 49 seconds into play off of a feed from co-captain Greg McKillop ’13. Co-captain Jonathan McIvor ’12 put the Mules ahead 2-1 when he scored off of an assist from McKillop, who also had two goals and three assists on the day. Colby defender Peter Willauer ’15 had his first collegiate assist when he found McKillop wide open in front for a 3-1 lead.
Wesleyan changed goalies after the first quarter and scored just two minutes into the second when Max Landow converted a pass from Teddy Citrin. Colby’s defense stayed strong and allowed no further goals in the half, and John Jennings ’13 assisted McIvor to make the score 6-2 at the half.
After Wesleyan scored two unassisted goals in a span of seven seconds in the second half, Scott Margolis ’12 scored a crucial goal in the game with 2:42 left on a man-up tally to make it a 7-4 lead for the Mules. Colby goalie Peter Reiley ’14 played a huge part in the win, making six of his 12 saves in the fourth quarter, while Wesleyan’s goalkeepers only stopped four shots on the day.
The Mules came out fired up on Sunday against previously undefeated Trinity, taking a 3-2 lead after the first quarter. Colby then scored the first four goals of the second quarter in a span of three minutes and 46 seconds to take a comfortable 7-2 lead against the Bantams. Deveau had back-to-back goals on hard shots for the first two goals, then assisted Jennings on two straight goals. Trinity made it 7-3 at half.
The third quarter started off slowly for both teams until Deveau scored the lone goal of the period with 5:20 to play off a pass from McIvor on a man-up situation. Trevor Shorb ’14 made it 9-3 off a pass from McKillop with 12:57 left in the fourth quarter. Although the Mules held a comfortable lead in the fourth, the Bantams kept the game interesting. Shaheen scored his third goal of the game with 11:29 to play, sparking Trinity’s momentum as they scored four straight goals, making it 9-7. The rest of play consisted of turnovers for both teams and the scored remained 9-7 at the whistle. Bjorn Knutson ’13 had a dominating game with 11 ground balls, three caused turnovers and 14 of 20 face-off wins. Willauer led the defense with five ground balls and one caused turnover, while Reiley made eight saves, had three ground balls and one caused turnover.
Trinity came into the game unbeaten in the league and in first place, but left at 7-3 overall and 5-1 in the NESCAC.
The Mules will look for a fourth straight win on Wednesday, April 11, with a 4 p.m. non-conference game at the University of Southern Maine.