Panthers see off Men’s Lacrosse

The Colby men’s lacrosse team looked to notch a signature victory against NESCAC rival Middlebury at home this past Saturday. The sun was out and the wind was blowing on the Hill  as the Mules clashed with the Panthers in one of the final home games this season. Although they gave a valiant effort, the Mules eventually fell 15-10. Goalie Dylan Rothenberg ’16 stopped 17 shots and Austin Sayre ’17 scored an impressive five goals, but their efforts weren’t enough to defeat Middlebury.

The game began with fairly even play from both teams. Colby seemed to be playing confidently in the second quarter, during which Sayre did most of his damage to the Middlebury defense. He scored two goals in the second quarter, the latter off an assist from Alex Rutan ’16 to give the Mules a 6-5 edge going into halftime. Senior Sam Wasserman ’16 looked to keep the momentum going into the third quarter as he scored early to extend the lead by a goal.Unfortunately, that momentum was soon halted as the Panthers went on to score eight straight goals to make their lead 13-7 in the fourth quarter.

Poor faceoff performance, which has been a recurrent issue for the team this season, plagued the Mules again on Saturday as Middlebury ended up winning 20 of 22 faceoffs on the day. The Panthers also had a distinct advantage snatching ground balls, scooping up 32 to the Mules’ 23. Colby defense showed some strong play from younger players as sophomore Graham Lian ’18 had four caused turnovers and three ground balls.

The loss comes on the heels of another disappointing loss against archrival Bowdoin Polar Bears the previous Wednesday. The game did not start well for the Mules, who allowed  Bowdoin to score six straight goals and finished the quarter down 7-1. The Polar Bears  continued their dominance into the second quarter and ended up leading 11-3 at halftime. The Mules  had a spark in the second half, and came within six goals in the third quarter, but the Polar Bears proved to be too much in the end and took the game 18-9. Colby struggled to find the net throughout, as only 21 out of their 51 shots had to be saved by the opposing goalie. Colby again lost to the Polar Bears in the faceoff category, but managed to collect more ground balls and take more shots than their rival. Colby will close out their season at home against Bates on Wednesday at 4:00 P.M. The Mules look to conclude their season on a high note as they go against the archrival Bobcats.

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