Posted: Apr 18, 2009
From a Colby College release
WATERVILLE, ME - The Amherst College men's lacrosse team suffered a 10-9 come-from-behind defeat at the hands of Colby College this afternoon at Bill Alfond Field. With the result, Colby is back in the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season.
The Mules also clinched their first winning season since the 2004 squad went 8-6. Colby improves to 8-5 overall and 4-4 in NESCAC play. The Mules finish the regular season Friday at home against Bates at 4:30 p.m. at Harold Alfond Stadium and then will play in a NESCAC quarterfinal game next Sunday.
Colby, which improves to 7-0 this season at home, scored the final three goals of the game and held Amherst (5-7 overall, 2-6 NESCAC) without a goal for the final 20:10 of the contest.
With the score tied 7-7, the Lord Jeffs scored two goals in a span of 39 seconds to take a 9-7 lead in the third quarter. Tom McDonnell (Manhasset, N.Y.) scored off a pass from Brett Miller (Wantagh, N.Y.) with 5:49 to play and J.T. Milone (Manhasset, N.Y.) tallied unassisted 39 seconds later for the two-goal lead.
Colby began the comeback when Whit McCarthy (Darien, Conn.) scored with 2:58 left in the third quarter off a pass from Caddy Brooks (Darien, Conn.). Colby long-stick midfielder Jason Forino (Sudbury, Mass.) scooped up a groundball, raced down the field, and found McCarthy for the tying goal with 13:27 left in the final quarter.
The Mules went ahead for good on a man-up goal with 6:10 to play. Brooks, who was behind the Amherst goal, found Scott Margolis (New York, N.Y.) in front of the net for what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
Amherst started the game with three goals in the opening 2:40 of play thanks to some won face-offs by Matt Kellman (Wilton, Conn.). The Mules battled back to tie the game at 4-4, but the Lord Jeffs scored two of the final three goals of the half to go up 6-5 at the break. Amherst scored the opening goal of the third quarter, but the Mules tallied twice in a row to tie the game at 7-7.
Brooks finished with one goal and four assists, while McCarthy had three goals and one assist. McCarthy is up to 38 goals and 11 assists for 49 points this season. Brooks has 19 goals and a team-best 24 assists. Mark Squicciarino (Titusville, N.J.) and Margolis both had two goals, while Stew Brown (Wilton, Conn.) and Jon McIvor (Sudbury, Mass.) each had one goal.
Milone, Matt Rawson (Bethesda, Md.), and McDonnell (Manhasset, N.Y.) each had two goals. Alex Fox (Garden City, N.Y.), Clint Marchese (Waltham, Mass.), and Tim Thornton (Garden City, N.Y.) also had goals. Alex Farmer (Madison, Conn.) had eight saves for Colby, while Matt Pietroforte (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had 10 stops for Amherst.
Amherst will close out the regular season on Friday afternoon against Trinity at home for Senior Day.