M. Lacrosse earns comeback victory over Trinity Bantams

The Colby men’s lacrosse team earned a 9-7 road victory over the Bantams of Trinity College this past Saturday. This was the first game of the season for the Mules, and after being down 5-1 at halftime, they exploded with six goals in the third quarter. Co-captain John Grimaldi ’15 notched the game-winning goal, unassisted, in the fourth quarter.

The Mules came out flat in the first quarter, and the Bantams would have scored more than the three goals they did, had it not been for Mule goaltender Tyler Will ’15, who made eight of his 17 saves in the first 15 minutes of the game. Trinity also outscored Colby 2-1 in the second quarter to come into halftime with a seemingly comfortable lead.

Although they found themselves in an adverse situation, the Mules made no changes to their strategy as they started the second half.  Instead, they used their deep bench to rotate in talented and fit players to outrun and outwork Trinity.  “Our strategy is to play four quarters of lacrosse at 100 percent,” said Mark Philipps ’15.  Co-captain Derek Youngman ’15 scored four goals for the Mules in the third quarter to give his team the 7-5 lead going into the final 15 minutes.  After two goals from Trinity, Grimaldi and Austin Holifield ’18, playing in his first collegiate game, responded, netting two quick goals for the Mules to seal the win.

Youngman ended the game with five goals and earned the NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week honor, marking the second straight year in which a Mule has brought home the honor in the first week of the season. Grimaldi earned four points, with two goals and two assists, while Austin Frank ’17 played with the flu and battled hard to win nine faceoffs and retrieve five ground balls.  The Mules were also three for three in man-up situations, while Trinity could not convert on any of their five opportunities, which later proved pivotal in the victory for Colby. 

The Mules have hopes for this season, and defender Kenny Jacobson ’16 made this clear, stating, “Our goal is to win the NESCAC.”  This goal is realistic, as the Mules return several key players from last year and have added even more talent.  Next week, the team travels to Clinton, New York to battle Hamilton College. “Traveling to Hamilton is never easy, so we need to come off the bus strong,” added Jacobson.  After starting off strong in Hartford, the team looks to continue winning in what could be an exciting season for Colby Men’s Lacrosse. Men's Lacrosse

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