M. Lax strong in non-conference play

On Tuesday, Mar. 31 at night in Biddeford, ME, Colby doubled up the University of New England in an 18-9 victory. After trailing 2-0 early, the Mules took command of the game and led 12-4 at halftime. The scoring continued as the lead grew to 17-5 at one point.  Senior tri-captains Derek Youngman and John Grimaldi each netted three goals, and Austin Sayre ’17 added three as well. Myles Smith ’18 also scored his first collegiate goal in the game and four goalies contributed to the victory. The Mules won every battle in the matchup, holding the advantage in shots, shots on goal, turnovers, face-offs, and clears. This win put Colby at 4-0 in non-conference play and made another statement that Colby, as well as the entire NESCAC conference, is dominant in New England and a force to be reckoned with in Division III men’s lacrosse.

Following the win on Tuesday, the Mules began receiving votes in the national poll and were ranked seventh in New England. They travelled to Vermont on Saturday to face Middlebury College. The Panthers were ranked seventh in the nation at the time, and they were able to hang on for a 15-12 victory. Spectators were biting their nails the whole way through, as there were seven lead changes and 112 total shots in the game. The Mules suffered because they gave up goals late in quarters, as Middlebury scored seven goals in the final minute of quarters, with three of those coming in the first, two in the second, and two more in the third. The Panthers were also able to convert two out of five man-up opportunities, while the Mules went 0-2. Colby held the turnover advantage, but Middlebury held the shot and faceoff advantages. Each team was able to go on scoring runs at different times throughout the game, and each team had balanced scoring attacks, with eight players scoring for Colby and seven scoring for Middlebury. Sayre led the way for the Mules with three goals, tri-captain Tyler Will ’15 played well in goal, and Sam Wasserman ’16 contributed significantly, scoring twice, retrieving three groundballs, and causing two turnovers.  All in all, the game was exciting until the bitter end, and Colby played well against a nationally-ranked opponent that currently sits in second in the NESCAC.

Colby has a 6-4 overall record and a 2-4 conference record.  They sit in eighth place in a strong division.  Four crucial division games remain in the next couple weeks.  They sit in third in the division in average goals per game and fourth in average goals against.  Youngman is also ranked fourth in the league in points and goals per game.  These next couple weeks are crucial for the men’s lacrosse team, and the team should be a formidable opponent in every game.

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