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Colby Rolls Past Southern Maine 23-2

Senior Dylan Kenney had eight ground balls for the Huskies against Colby on Tuesday
Senior Dylan Kenney had eight ground balls for the Huskies against Colby on Tuesday

(Courtesy of Colby College Sports Information)

            WATERVILLE, Maine -- Junior attack Mark Phillips (New York, N.Y.) had five goals and two assists as the Colby College men's lacrosse team scored nine goals in the opening quarter and never looked back en route to a 23-2 non-conference win over University of Southern Maine on Tuesday afternoon at Bill Alfond Field.

            The Mules are ranked ninth in New England and moved to 4-1 overall, while Southern Maine dropped to 0-4.  The game was originally schedule to played at USM, but was moved to Colby due to unplayable field conditions at USM.

            Rookie Austin Sayre (Summit, N.J.) and sophomore Garen Fabian (San Francisco, Calif.) both had two goals and two assists for the Mules.  Freshmen Austin Frank (Wellesley, Mass.) and Kevin Seiler (Darien, Conn.) and senior Phil Champoux (North Yarmouth, Maine) all had two goals for Colby.

            Frank scored on both of his shots and finished with a game-high 11 ground balls thanks to an 11-for-12 day on faceoffs. The Mules were 23-for-27 on faceoffs, with sophomore Max Eberhart (Rye Beach, N.H.) going 9-for-12 and Champoux winning both of his attempts.

            Sophomore Austin Watts (Westbrook, Maine) and rookie Seth Wing (West Gardiner, Maine) had the goals for the Huskies.

            Neither team managed a goal for the opening 7:12 of the contest, but the Colby goals came fast and furious the rest of the quarter. The Mules had nine goals in the final 7:48 to take a 9-0 lead after one.

            The pace settled down in the second quarter, with Phillips scoring twice and Frank adding one goal, for a 12-0 margin at halftime. All three goals came in the final 1:36 of the second.

            Wing tallied unassisted at 2:02 of the third quarter to get the Huskies on the board, but the Mules added three more goals in the third for a 15-1 margin.

            After Watts and McNeill traded goals in the opening four minutes of the fourth quarter, Colby scored the final seven goals of the game.

            Freshman Riley Burke (Corte Madera, Calif.) led Colby's defense with three caused turnovers and two ground balls. Brewster added three ground balls.

            Junior Tyler Will (Woodbury, N.Y.) played the first half and made four saves for Colby.  Rookie Justin Waligory (Boxborough, Mass.) stopped six shots in the third quarter, while sophomore Dylan Rothenberg (Short Hills, N.J.) made two saves in the fourth quarter.

            USM received eight ground balls and three caused turnovers from senior Dylan Kenney (Portland, Maine).  Sophomore goalie Ryan Jurgelevich (Portland, Maine) had 15 saves for the Huskies.

            Southern Maine returns to action on Sunday (1:00 p.m.) traveling to New England College.  Colby will be on the road Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for a NESCAC match at Connecticut College.