CLINTON, Maine — The Colby College men’s lacrosse team opened up a 5-0 lead over Hamilton College for the second year in a row, but the Continentals once again fought back for a 9-8 victory in the NESCAC opener for both teams Sunday.
The Mules (0-1 overall) will play at University of New England on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Colby scored five goals in the opening 11:04 of last year’s 11-10 setback to Hamilton. This time the Mules scored five in 11:35 and kept the Continentals off the scoreboard the rest of the quarter.
Kevin Seiler had a catch and then a shot for a goal off a pass from Don Vivian just 2:14 into the game for the opening goal.
The Mules showed patience on the second goal and were rewarded when left-handed Austin Sayre went to his right hand for an impressive goal and a 2-0 lead. Seiler added his second goal with 7:45 to play on another catch-and-shoot from Vivian.
Tucker Dietrick scored his first of the season from Vivian with 4:47 left in the first quarter and Lane Kadish made it 5-0 with his first collegiate goal with 3:25 to play.
Hamilton scored seven of their nine goals in two scoring bursts in the second and third quarters. The Continentals had three goals in 1:37 to make it a 5-3 halftime lead for the Mules. Hamilton, after a Colby goal to make it 6-3, scored four goals in a span of 2:20 to take its first lead at 7-6.
Hamilton, which had a 16-4 advantage in face-offs, got back in the game quickly in the second quarter. Nate Weinrauch scored from Chris Conley with 11:28 left to halftime to make it 5-1. Eric Zurmuehle won the face-off and had the assist just six seconds later to Weinrauch with 11:22 to go. Conley scored with 9:51 remaining for the final goal of the half.
Colby made it a 6-3 game on Vivian’s blast from straight on with 10:53 left in the third quarter.
Hamilton again used face-off victories to score four straight goals. Michael Alderman tallied 38 seconds after Vivian’s goal and Chad Morse cut the lead to 6-5 just 13 seconds after Alderman’s score.
Conley tied the game at 6-6 off a nice feed from Clay McCollum with 8:55 remaining. Andrew Cox then put Hamilton ahead for the first time with 7:55 to go.
The Mules, though, were able to settle down with two straight goals to go up 8-7 after three quarters. Kadish scored on a long blast off a pass from Dietrick to tie the game with 6:07 left. Sayre added his second goal on a low shot with a defender in his face with two minutes left.
The Continentals scored the only two goals of the fourth quarter to pull out the victory. Conley, a first-year, scored his third of the game on a low shot from the right side. Casey Kopp scored an unusual goal when he beat a defender on a clear, had plenty of wide open space on the right side, and came in with a shot for the game-winning goal.
Layton finished with 10 saves as did Hamilton goaltender John Schisler.
The Continentals were 2-for-3 with the man-up, while Colby was 0-for-2. The Mules did force Hamilton into 19 turnovers (Mules had 16).