|Colby College||Wesleyan University|
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The Colby College men’s lacrosse team had a perfect start against 14th-ranked Wesleyan University, but the Cardinals took control late in the first half on the way to an 11-6 win in NESCAC play Saturday at Citrin Field.
The Mules (1-7 overall, 1-4 NESCAC) kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard for more than 21 minutes while taking a 2-0 lead after the first quarter. The Mules used patience on offense and had five saves from goalie C.J. Layton.
Austin Sayre scored on the man-up for Colby from Colton Michel with 6:02 left in the opening quarter. Sayre then made a nice centering pass to Tucker Dietrick for his score with 1:32 to go.
The Mules, despite some solid scoring chances, could not manage a goal in the second quarter to extend the lead.
Wesleyan (7-1, 3-1 NESCAC) scored four goals — three from Christian Barker — in the final 8:38 of the second quarter to take a 4-2 margin at the break.
Colby was able to stay in the game in the opening five minutes of the third quarter. The Cardinals received a goal from Colin Uyeki with 10:54 to play, but Michel answered just 38 seconds later to bring the lead back to two goals at 5-3.
Wesleyan scored five of the last six goals in the third quarter to take a 10-4 lead into the final 15 minutes. Harry Stanton had four unassisted goals, while Michel scored his second of the game to make it 8-4.
The Mules did cut the lead to 10-6 with 8:46 to play. Kevin Seiler tallied from Don Vivian with 11:31 remaining and Sayre got his second goal with 8:46 left. Barker scored from Stanton for the final goal with 2:44 remaining.
Layton finished with 11 saves and four ground balls. Sayre also contributed four ground balls and had one caused turnover. Michael McHale added two caused turnovers and two ground balls on defense for the Mules. Graham Lian added three ground balls and one caused turnover.
Ted Bergman played in goal for the Cardinals and stopped six shots.