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Colby College 14, Conecticut College 10 Barton Closing in on 100 Point Barrier for Camels

Colby College 14, Conecticut College 10 Barton Closing in on 100 Point Barrier for Camels

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's lacrosse team secured a 14-10 victory against Connecticut College in NESCAC play Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.

The Mules moved to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in league play. The Camels dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the league.

Connecticut College came out relaxed and led 4-2 after the first quarter. Camel goaltender Bobby Bleistein made eight saves to keep Colby frustrated in the first 15 minutes.

With the Camels still leading 4-2, a Connecticut College player was called for an illegal equipment penalty after his stick was checked by the officials. The penalty was non-releasable and Colby scored two man-up goals to tie the game at four. They scored a third straight goal to go ahead 5-4 after the penalty expired, but while still having possession of the ball.

John Grimaldi and Derek Youngman had the man-up goals and Mark Philipps added the third score with 9:38 to play.

The Camels quickly tied the game 37 seconds later when John Cunningham scooped up a ball as he was just entering the field and raced down for an unassisted score.

Austin Sayre scored on a blast with 5:32 to play for a 6-5 Colby lead, but the Camels' Penn Sednaoui tallied with 3:04 to halftime to tie it again. Philipps added his third goal of the half with 2:42 to play for a 7-6 Colby margin at the break.

The Camels came out strong in the second half and quickly took the lead in the first 4:09 of play. Tucker Mscisz scoerd on the man-up just 1:59 into action and Davis Kraft tallied with 10:51 remaining off a nice centering feed from Jeff Smith.

Kevin Seiler put the Mules ahead for good with two goals in a span of 20 seconds. He scored from Derek Youngman just 1:02 after Kraft's goal to tie it at 8-8. John Grimaldi assisted on the second goal just 20 seconds later for a 9-8 margin.

Sayre took a feed from Brendan McNeill, moved in slightly, and used a screen in front by Grimaldi to rip his second score of the game for a 10-8 lead with 4:06 to go.

The Camels bounced back and cut the margin to one goal when Briggs Barton scored unassisted with 1:56 to play in the third quarter.

Alex Rutan put the Mules up 11-9 from Youngman just 23 seconds into the fourth quarter. The Camels, though, fought back again when A.J. Vasquez scored with 13:12 remaining from Ross Thompson.

Colby dominated the final nine minutes of the game. Seiler scored again off another assist from Grimaldi with 8:40 to go. Austin Frank then won the face-off, scooped up the groundball, and fired in a shot just six seconds later for a 13-10 margin.

The Mules killed off two minutes of penalty time with 7:30 remaining. The Camels had four penalties in the final 3:16 to make it easy for the Mules to run time off the clock. Sayre scored his third goal of the game with 2:18 to go.

Philipps finished with three goals and three assists, Sayre added three goals and two assists, Seiler also had three goals, Youngman finished with two goals and two assists, and Grimaldi added a score and three assists.

Barton led the Camels with three goals and one assist. He moved into 16th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 74 career goals. Barton needs just five points to reach the 100 point barrier in his career. 

Thompson had one goal and two assists, while Cunningham had one goal and one assist.

Both goalies had terrific games. Bleistein made 24 saves, including 16 in the first half. Colby's Tyler Will had seven of his 13 stops in the second half and added two caused turnovers and three groundballs.

The game also featured a nice face-off battle between Frank and the Camels' Ben Parens. Frank was 15-for-29 to edge out Parens and had nine groundballs. Parens was 9-for-16 on face-offs in the first half and finished with 14 wins and had eight groundballs.

Jack Bratches helped out Colby defensively with three caused turnovers and three groundballs.

Reid Leveillee led the Camels with two groundballs and one caused turnover.