M. Lacrosse falls to Bobcats

The Colby men’s lacrosse team played its final game of the season this past Wednesday against rival Bates in the annual Flahive-McDuffee Memorial Game. Bates was looking to gain some momentum heading into the NESCAC playoffs, while the Mules looked to upset the Bobcats and pick up their first conference win of the season.

The game started out strong for the Mules, holding a 2-1 lead after the first quarter thanks to some excellent goaltending from Dylan Rothenberg ’16, who made four saves in the period. The two Mule’s goals came unassisted at the hands of Austin Sayre ’17 and Yuta Murata ’19.

The second quarter, however, did not go as well for the Mules, as Bates began to open up their potent offensive attack. The Bobcats scored five unanswered goals to start the second frame, before Kevin Seiler ’17 was able to stop the bleeding by finding the back of the net with only 38 seconds remaining in the half. While it seemed that Colby would take the momentum going into the locker room on the back of Seiler’s goal, Bates wasn’t finished in the quarter, netting a score with a mere 14 seconds left.

In the third quarter, Bates picked up right where they left off, scoring in the opening minutes of the frame to push out to an 8-3 lead. The Mules, however, were able to net two critical goals off the sticks of Sam Wasserman ’16 and Murata again to cut the lead down to three goals. Bates added another tally to close out the quarter and make it a four-goal advantage with fifteen minutes remaining.

With less than ten minutes left in the game, Bates was winning by a score of 12-7. Playing for nothing more than pride, the Mules mounted a furious comeback attempt knowing that they only had ten minutes left in their season. Colton Michel ’19 scored two goals off of assists from Jack Bratches ’16 and Alex Rutan ’16 to make the score 12-9. Then Sayre ripped his second of the day to make ten total goals for Colby. Murata joined the party by scoring the eleventh goal for the Mules and giving himself a hat trick in the process. Unfortunately, it was too little too late for Colby, as the attempt to comeback would fall one goal short after Bates won the ensuing face off and ran out the clock.

In a postgame interview, Seiler said, “We were playing for nobody other than ourselves today. It’s been a tough year for Colby lacrosse, obviously given the loss of Coach Sandler, but also due to the fact we lost a lot of the key contributors from last year. I really commend these guys for believing that we could win every game – even after the losses started piling up. I think we’ve got some good talent coming back next year, and I’m excited to see what we can do.”

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