M. Lacrosse tops Middlebury
After having their five-game winning streak snapped against Bowdoin College, the Colby Men’s Lacrosse team bounced back against Middlebury College. The game was a thriller as John Jennings ’13 scored a goal with 1:59 left in overtime to give Colby the 11-10 win on Senior Day. Jennings and Ian Deveau ’13 combined for the last three goals. The win brings the Mules to 8-4 overall and 5-4 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). With the loss, Middlebury falls to 3-9 overall and 2-7 in NESCAC play.
The game was close the whole way through and it came down to the wire. Colby was able to pull ahead 10-8 with just a minute left in regulation, but the Panthers mounted a furious comeback. They scored their second goal in under a minute with but seven seconds left to force overtime. However, Colby was able to fight through the tough turn of events and come up fighting in overtime. Middlebury got two quick shots off, but Ian Deveau ’13 found Jennings in front of the net to finish the game. This was Jennings’ seventh goal of the match and Deveau’s fourth assist. It marked the 85th goal of Jennings’ career and a team-leading 30 for the season. In regulation, co-captain Jonathan McIvor celebrated his Senior Day with three goals.
Honored before the game, seniors McIvor, Scott Margolis, Derek Youngman, Chris Barrand, Nick Hunnewell, Tyler Cash and Brady Lenahan will play their final regular-season home game against Bates College on Wednesday, April 25, at 4 p.m.
If Colby is able to come away with a win, they would secure a perfect 6-0 home record this season to match the Women’s Lacrosse team. This senior class has been superb at home throughout their tenure at Colby with a 24-3 record at Bill Alfond Field.
This outstanding defense of their home turf could come in to play if the Mules are able to secure the fourth seed in the NESCAC playoffs. The first four seeds host playoff games, and Colby still has the capacity to clinch the fourth spot if they beat Bates. They are currently in fifth place, but Amherst College (currently fourth) plays against Trinity College (currently third) to finish out their seasons. Colby is currently tied with Amherst and owns the tiebreaker with Trinity, so regardless of the result in that game, a win against Bates would allow Colby fight for a spot in the NESCAC semifinals at home on Saturday at 1 p.m.