NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior captains Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) and PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) combined for eight goals and seven assists in leading the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team to a 23-12 victory over Colorado College on Sunday afternoon at Silfen Field.
After the Camels recognized their eight-member senior class, which included Foster and Kelleher, Colorado College took a quick 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest by getting goals from Tom Haller and Elliot Nelson just 41 seconds apart. Connecticut College, however, responded by rattling off seven unanswered during the first and second quarters and never surrendered the lead. Kelleher started the run by finding the back of the net at 10:06, and junior Jack Rutter (Madison, N.J.) followed with a pair of goals to make it 3-2 at the 6:46 mark of the opening quarter to put the Camels ahead for good.
Even though Colorado College (7-7) began clawing back in the middle of the second by netting consecutive goals at the 6:33 and 3:43 marks, the hosts were able to quickly recover. Kelleher found freshman Justin Boes (Marblehead, Mass.) and junior Maxx Trotsky (Marblehead, Mass.) to extend the margin back up to five, and Foster finished a pass from junior Sean Smith (Pasadena, Calif.) with 12 seconds remaining to give the Camels a 10-4 advantage and all of the momentum heading into the break.
Connecticut College kept its foot on the gas pedal and outscored the Tigers, 8-3, in the third quarter. Rutter ballooned the lead up to twin figures by scoring an unassisted marker to make it 17-7 with 2:26 left in the third, and Kelleher found Foster three times in the fourth to eclipse the 200-point milestone. The Camels added two man-up markers in the waning minutes to finish a perfect 2-for-2 on special teams before eventually coming away with the commanding 11-goal victory.
Rutter finished with a game-high nine points to lead the way for Connecticut College, which outshot its opponent by a 58-54 margin and had a 46-33 advantage in ground balls. Foster contributed seven goals and one assist, while Kelleher tallied a goal and six helpers. Sophomore Toby Almeida (Cumberland, R.I.) was 19-of-28 on faceoff attempts and scooped up 12 ground balls, and junior Colin Smith (Mount Kisko, N.Y.) made 13 saves between the posts in nearly 55 minutes of action to pick up the win.
Haller and Elliot Nelson scored four and three goals, respectively, to pace Colorado College. Parker Woo picked up five ground balls, while Arvin Fieldman won nine of 12 faceoffs during the second half. Andrew Harwood and Connor O'Rourke each made eight stops in the cage.
Connecticut College (5-9) will conclude its 2019 campaign when it hosts nationally-ranked Wesleyan on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.