Men’s lacrosse beats Trinity in close game

Colby Echo

Photo courtesy of Go Colby Mules

The Men’s Lacrosse team came out with an important win over Trinity on Saturday afternoon. This win was crucial for the Mules who hope to beat Bates on Wednesday, which would then put them in good standing for the NESCAC playoffs.

Trinity scored the first goal of the game but the Mules were able to take the lead thanks to a goal from CJ Hassan’19 who was unassisted and Carter Vickers ’21 who ripped a shot right passed the Bantams goalie with the assist by Riley Bergstrom ’21. Hassan’s goal ended what would be the last lead of the game for Trinity. At the end of the first quarter the score was 2–2.

The Mules were able to put up an impressive 6–2 lead in the remainder of the first half with goals from Tucker Dietrick, Mason Brady ’20, Rocky Tonkel ’20, and Hassan. Payton Fales ’20, who made his first collegiate start in the game, also made some impressive saves leading into the second half of the game. Colby continued their run well into the 3rd quarter but Trinity scored goals with around 7 and 5 minutes left in the quarter making the score 8–4. Dietrick responded back with an electric goal with help from Mason Brady to make the score 9–4. What happened next was the low point of the game for the Mules. The remainder of the 3rd consisted of turnovers, some missed shots, and a couple nice saves by Fales. The 4th quarter began with a quick goal from Trinity, who subsequently scored 4 more tying the game at 9–9. After giving up such a big lead the mules were nervous but determined to win. Luckily Graham Lian ’18 caused a turnover with 3 minutes left allowing Brady ’20 to score the game winner. Highlights for the Mules included FOGO Joe Paolatto going 12 for 22 on face-offs, Hassan’s hat trick and assists, and Nick Percarpio ’21 recovering three ground balls, and Payton Fales making 10 saves throughout the game. Captain Graham Lian ’18 had to say of the game it was great to play a full 60 minutes and not get rattled even when the game started to get away from us in the 4th quarter. Freshman Carter Vickers who gained the initial lead for the mules said “it was a great team win against a very competitive opponent. The whole team brought a lot of energy to the field and we played well together. Payton really stepped up in cage. It is especially nice to get a NESCAC win at home on Senior day” Coach Van Arsdale said on Saturday “Today we showed great poise and rose up as a team to secure this victory. I am so happy for our seniors who have done an amazing job of leading their teammates to these type of successes.” Colby is now 3–6 is the NESCAC with one game left against 3–6 Bates. The winning team will continue their season in the NESCAC Playoffs.