Men’s lacrosse captures and maintains early lead in first win of the season

After calling a timeout with 2:05 left to play in the game, Coach Guy Van Arsdale looked on from the sidelines as Colby Men’s Lacrosse worked the ball around the field, bleeding the clock until Kevin Seiler ’17 scored an unassisted goal on a wide open net. The goal secured the team’s 8-5 win over Trinity College and gave Van Arsdale his first win as Colby’s head lacrosse coach.

The Mules had a difficult road to their first win, with back-to-back one-point losses to Hamilton and the University of New England. This past Sunday, they had to face Trinity, a team who came into Waterville last year and beat Colby 9-6. This year, the Mules enacted their revenge on Trinity’s home field.

After Colby won the opening faceoff, midfielder Myles Smith ’18 took the ball and ran off a slip screen from teammate Don Vivian ’19. He whipped a shot that went off the post and in for an unassisted score. The goal gave the Mules their lead which they never gave up.

Colby maintained its iron grip on the game through the first quarter a deep into the second. The team took advantage of a Trinity slashing penalty and Cillian Connor ’18 scored off an assist from Colton Michel ’19. A Tucker Dietrick ’18 goal gave the Mules a 3-0 lead.

The team had played stout defense to this point in the game, but with 1:33 left in the half, the Bantams scored two goals in 10 seconds of play, bringing the teams to a difference of one goal heading into halftime.

Both teams made second half adjustments that kept each other out of the opposing net for over half of the third quarter. After Colby struck first with a goal by Austin Sayre ’17, the momentum shifted back-and-forth between the two teams.

When Trinity brought the game to 6-5, once again within one goal of tying, Seiler stepped up. He took a pass from Dietrick and took a shot from the middle of the field, past his defender and the Trinity goalie for the score. On the following faceoff, Seiler scooped up the ball amidst a sea of flailing sticks and carried the ball behind the Trinity net where Van Arsdale took his timeout. Seiler scored three goals in his impressive performance, giving him five on the year.

Colby held the lead for the entire game despite having less shots, more turnovers, and an equal number of faceoff wins. One reason for the success was the terrific play of goalie CJ Layton ’19. Layton finished the game with 17 saves. His .77 save percentage was his best through three games. In addition to the drastic improvement from his four appearances last season, Layton continues to progress with each game this season. He will have to continue his improvement as he has been a crucial part of this team, playing every minute of all three games. If the Mules hope to build their reputation in the NESCAC, it starts with Layton.

The lacrosse team hopes to follow up this win with another one this weekend. Their game against Emmanuel College was postponed, but they will play a home game against Tufts University this Saturday at 1 p.m.