|Colby College||Middlebury College|
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Colby College men’s lacrosse team used big performances from attackers Kevin Seiler, Austin Sayre, and Colton Michel in a 13-10 win over Middlebury College at Younman Field at Alumni Stadium on Saturday.
The Mules won their second league road game of the season. Colby took a win at Trinity College earlier in the year.
Colby (3-10 overall, 2-7 NESCAC) still is alive for a NESCAC playoff spot heading into the final regular season game. The Mules are ninth in the 11-team league, with the top eight squads making the playoffs. Colby has another road game at second-ranked Bates College on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Colby had leads of 7-2 and 11-5 before holding off a late Middlebury run in the fourth quarter.
Colby held a 3-1 lead early on goals from Seiler, Michel and Tucker Dietrick. After a goal by the Panthers, Colby went up 5-2 after one quarter on goals from Seiler and C.J. Hassan.
Seiler scored the first two of the second quarter for Colby, both assisted by Michel for a 7-2 lead. Middlebury answered with a quick pair of goals to make it a 7-4 game at the 4:55 mark.
The Mules recorded the final goal of the half when Austin Sayre scored from a tough angle with 23 seconds on the clock to make it an 8-4 game at the break.
Action slowed in the third quarter, as Colby scored three of four goals to take an 11-5 lead into the final quarter of play. Sayre, Michel, and John Pappas tallied for the Mules.
Middlebury began its run early as Henry Riehl scored with a shot to the top corner of the net. Riehl struck again exactly three minutes with a bounce shot from 12 yards out. Frank Cosolito followed, before Danny Jacobs scored a man-up goal with a great dish from Kucinski to make it 11-9 with 8:37 remaining.
Colby won the ensuing face-off and began to take time off the clock. The Panthers took possession of the ball on four different occasions, but Middlebury turned the ball back over to Colby each time. The Mules took advantage at the 2:59 mark when Cillian Connor scored from 15 yards out to give his team some breathing room.
Seiler’s four goals paced Colby, while Sayre finished with three and two assists and Michel netted a pair with three helpers. C.J. Layton made nine saves in goal to earn the win.
Jack Marschke went 5-for-8 on face-offs in the first quarter to help Colby get out to the early lead. Sean Dougherty added three ground balls and one caused turnover.