NEW LONDON, Conn.--Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.) had three goals and one assist to lead the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team to a 10-5 triumph over Colby College in New London Saturday.
The Camels improved their record to 5-2 with a 2-1 mark in NESCAC play, while the Mules slipped to 4-2 while evening their conference record at 2-2.
Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) contributed with a goal and three assists for the winning side. Tyler Hegarty (Setauket, N.Y.), Thomas Woessner (Old Lyme, Conn.) and JR Hartgers (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) all contributed with two goals for the Camels.
Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) made 13 saves in the win.
Colby College junior attackman Mark Philipps (New York, N.Y.) led the visitors with three goals in the loss. John Grimaldi (Manchester, Mass.) had a goal and an assist in the contest.
Austin Frank (Wellesley, Mass.) triumphed in 8-of-15 battles at the X, coming away with four ground balls. Kenny Jacobson (Duxbury, Mass.) corralled three ground balls to go with a pair of caused turnovers.
Junior Tyler Will (Woodbury, N.Y.) stopped 10 shots in between the pipes for the visitors.
Colby opened the scoring 1:26 into the contest. Jacobson collected a ground ball and pushed the ball ahead to Hunter Moore (Dallas, Texas), who assisted Philipps for the goal in transition.
But the Camels put together a 7-0 run to take control on their home turf.
Bertolini uncorked a shot from the left side of the box with 10:44 remaining to even things up at one. Then, with 9:56 remaining in the first, Woessner made a nice wraparound move to put the hosts on top for good with a 2-1 advantage. The Camels scored their next two goals with the extra man advantage. Hartgers made it a 3-1 game with 7:58 remaining before Sawyer put the finishing touches on a pass from Bertolini with 7:10 left.
With 4:06 left in the first, Woessner unloaded from the top of the box and the Camels enjoyed a 5-1 advantage after one.
Hartgers and Hegarty capped the rally at the start of the second quarter and Connecticut College was in control with a 7-1 advantage.
But Philipps provided the Mules with some momentum when he netted consecutive scores just 1:02 apart to pull the visitors to within 7-3 with 6:34 remaining.
Just before the end of the half, Hegarty stuffed one in from just outside the crease to push the lead to 8-3.
Colby was able to stick around and climb to within four when Grimaldi scored with 11:33 remaining in the third to make it a 9-5 game.
But the Camels cashed in another extra man opportunity with 6:49 remaining. Bertolini was the facilitator on Sawyer's third goal of the day.
The Camels were able to keep the Mules off the scoreboard for the balance of the afternoon to hold on for the 10-5 win.
The Camels out-shot the Mules 30-to-26 while enjoying a 24-to-21 edge in ground balls.
But the hosts were 4-for-5 in extra man opportunities and that proved to be the most significant statistic Saturday.