Men’s lacrosse loses in first round of playoffs

It was an up-and-down season for the Colby men’s lacrosse team. The squad recorded impressive wins against NESCAC rivals Trinity, Connecticut College, Bowdoin, and Williams, but they could never get enough momentum going to make a serious push for the league title. The Mules finished the season 8-7 overall and 4-6 in the NESCAC, to capture eighth place in the league. Despite earning the final spot in the league playoffs, they fell to Amherst 12-9 in a tight quarterfinal game.

The Mules started the season well, going 5-2 in their first seven games. That run included blowouts against Maine Maritime Academy and Emmanuel College, with the only losses coming against Hamilton College and defending national and NESCAC champions Tufts. The Mules kept both games close, especially at home to Tufts, where they came close to mounting an exciting comeback, but lost 11-9.

April saw Colby drop their first two games to Middlebury and Amherst, again in tight matchups. However, the Mules rebounded to secure a playoff berth with home victories against Bowdoin under the lights and against Williams on Senior Day. A loss to Bates in their final regular season game set up a playoff meeting at Amherst. The Lord Jeffs jumped out to an early lead and repelled Colby’s offense to send the Mules home.

This season saw some great individual performances from the Mules. Goalie Tyler Will ’15 was named to the All-New England team for his efforts, including a 30-save outing versus Amherst in the playoffs that came just shy of breaking the 23-year-old school record for saves in one game. Attacker Austin Sayre ’17, who ranked third on the team in both goals and points, also made the All-NESCAC second team. Sayre will look to lead the Mules as they attempt build on the season’s experience to become a more formidable force in 2016. Sports1

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