HARTFORD, Conn. — Colby College goalie C.J. Layton had 17 saves and Colton Michel scored three goals in the Mules’ 10-8 loss to Vassar College on Tuesday in non-conference men’s lacrosse at Trinity College.
The Mules (1-4 overall) will play at home against Connecticut College this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Harold Alfond Stadium. The Mules have lost their four games by a total of seven goals, including a three-goal loss in a terrific outing against third-ranked Tufts University.
The Brewers (6-1) used a 17-4 advantage in face-offs to win the possession battle. Vassar had a 41-23 shot advantage and helped its own cause with just five turnovers.
Colby got off to the start it wanted with three of the opening four goals of the game. Michel scored just 1:25 into the game and Vassar replied with 10:22 left in the first quarter on Liam Moriarty’s score.
The Mules took a 3-1 lead on Michel’s second goal and the first collegiate goal from C.J. Hassan with 1:56 remaining.
Vassar took momentum back from Colby when Michael Mullen scored at the first quarter buzzer to make it 3-2. The Brewers scored three goals in the opening 5:49 of the second quarter to go up 5-3.
Colby co-captain Kevin Seiler tallied off a pass from Don Vivian with 3:03 to intermission to cut the margin to one goal. However, Vassar went up 6-4 at the break just a few seconds later on a goal by James Thomas after a face-off win.
After Vassar scored the opening goal of the third quarter, the teams traded goals the rest of the way. Colby cut the lead to two goals on four occasions, but Vassar always countered with a goal.
Michel had this third of the game, Austin Sayre scored two goals, and Tucker Dietrick had the other score off a pass from Sayre.
Layton made 11 of his 17 saves in the first half to keep Colby in the contest. He has made 53 saves over the past three games, averaging 17.7 saves during that time.
Vassar goalie Matthew Boyd only made four saves. The Mules had 12 shots on goal and scored on eight of them.