March 30, 2013
Connecticut College 11, Colby College 10 Camels Win in Rematch of 2012 NESCAC Quarterfinal
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Chad Sawyer had two goals and two assists as Connecticut College fought back from a 7-3 deficit early in the second quarter to take an 11-10 victory over Colby College in New England Small College Athletic Conference men's lacrosse Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.
Conn College improves to 5-2 overall and 5-1 in the conference, while the Mules fall to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in league play.
All-American Ian Deveau led Colby with five goals and one assist to surpass 150 career points. Deveau has 84 goals and 71 assists for 155 points. He pushed his season totals to 21 goals and seven assists for 28 points.
Colby's Greg McKillop tied a single-game record for assists with six on the day. Josh Burns had six assists against Plymouth State in 1979 and Billy Bush dished six assists in 1993, also versus Plymouth State.
The Camels battled back to take a 9-8 lead into the final quarter, but Colby's Garth Franklin scored his third goal of the game just 24 seconds into action to tie the contest at 9-9. Freedman put the Camels up for good with his score from Sawyer with 12:01 to play. Conn College went up 11-9 with 10:33 to play when Stephen Eichler scored unassisted.
The Camels drew further back into their zone defense and neither team could manage a goal for the next 10 minutes.
Deveau tallied with 22 seconds left to play from McKillop to cut the margin to 11-10. The Mules' Bjorn Knutson won the face-off and Colby immediately took a timeout. The Camels did a fine over the final 15 seconds and the Mules could not get off a shot.
Colby again dominated the first quarter of play against the opponent. The Mules led 6-3 after the opening 15 minutes and have outscored the opponent by a 33-12 advantage this season.
Deveau put Colby up 7-3 just 1:17 into the second quarter, but Connecticut College scored the next three goals from Sawyer, Woessner, and Briggs Barton
to cut the margin to 7-6. Franklin scored with just 0.2 seconds left to halftime to put Colby up 8-6.
The Camels outscored Colby by a 3-0 margin in the third quarter to take the lead. Leary tallied in a man-up situation and Sawyer and Freedman scored the other two goals. Deveau did hit the post twice in the third quarter.
Knutson added six ground balls and one caused turnovers for the Mules. Peter Willauer had a big game with four caused turnovers and four ground balls, while Kenny Jacobson finished with two ground balls and one caused turnover.
Not including Saturday's results. The Camels are receiving votes in this week's USILA National Poll and are ranked #4 in New England. Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.) has scored 17 goals and assisted on three others for a total of 20 points. Senior Andrew Freedman (Sudbury, Mass.) has accounted for a team-best 23 points with 14 goals and nine assists. Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) provided a nice boost to the line-up this week, scoring four goals in his first three games of action. Brendan Schrader (Annapolis, Md.) is 45-for-76 (.597) on face-offs and has 23 ground balls this season. Jack Griffin (Seaford, N.Y.) leads the club with 29 ground balls. Mike Brennan (Chester Springs, Pa.) has 14 ground balls from his defensive post. Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) has posted a 6.63 goals against average with a .667 save percentage in five games played. Bleistein made 15 saves in a victory against Williams March 23.