WATERVILLE, Maine – The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team dropped a NESCAC matchup to Colby by a 17-11 score at Harold Alfond Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Colby (3-3, NESCAC 1-3) led from wire-to-wire by netting the first three and five of the first six goals of the contest. Charlie Lynch found the back of the net twice and added three assists to help the hosts build up a 5-1 advantage with just under five minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Junior Sean Smith (Pasadena, Calif.) recorded two unassisted markers to slice the margin in half by the end of the opening frame, but the Mules responded by embarking on a 4-0 run to start the second and would carry a 10-5 lead into the recess.
The Camels made another attempt to rally by scoring the first two goals of the third quarter to close the gap. However, Colby answered with a 4-1 run through the early stages of the fourth and made it 14-8 with 14:45 left in regulation. The margin ballooned to as many as eight on a Bret Miller marker, which was more than enough insurance for the Mules to win their first conference game of the season.
Lane Kadish and Lynch each factored into seven goals to lead the way for Colby, which dominated the Camels in all facets by having a 45-40 advantage in shots, winning 22 of the 31 faceoffs and bettering the visitors on the ground by a 29-23 margin. Joe Paolatto won all 22 faceoffs and picked up four groundballs, while Lynch also picked up two ground balls and caused two turnovers in addition to contributing two goals and five helpers offensively. C.J. Layton made 10 saves to pick up the win between the pipes.
Junior Jack Rutter (Madison, N.J.) continued his hot stretch offensively by providing three goals and two assists for Connecticut College. He also scooped up three ground balls and caused a turnover. Classmate Jon Creed (Ridgewood, N.J.) and senior PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) had a hand in three goals apiece, and Ryan Fish (Slingerlands, N.Y.) had a game-high three caused turnovers. Junior Colin Smith (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) redirected 10 shots in net while seeing nearly 44 minutes of action.
Connecticut College (3-4, NESCAC 0-4) will next make the short trip to face Coast Guard in a fast-growing rivalry on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.