Trinity Edged by Colby in Overtime Thriller

Hartford, Conn. - Senior attackman Patrick Briody (Hopewell, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal with 10 seconds left in overtime to lead the visiting Colby College Mules to an 8-7 win over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's lacrosse action this afternoon on Jessee/Miller Field.

Trinity, ranked No. 8 in New England, drops to 5-2 overall and 1-2 in the NESCAC with its first loss in six games, while the Mules, ranked No. 7 in New England, improve to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the league with their second victory in a row.

Briody netted the clincher from the right wing, slinging the ball on one bounce past Bantam sophomore goalie Peter Johnson (Riverside, Conn.) while running to his right. The Mules took the only three shots of the four-minute overtime, although Trinity possessed the ball twice but failed to advance it into the offensive zone.

The Bantams appeared to win the game in regulation, when junior attackman Kevin Looby (Kansas City, Mo.) scored from close range after picking up a missed shot by freshman attackman Jeff Hebert (Cornwall, Ontario), but the officials ruled that the clock had inadvertently been stopped too and the goal was deemed to be too late.

Colby led, 4-0, after the first period as freshman attackman John Jennings (Danvers, Mass.) scored twice to highlight the Mule scoring early on. Senior midfielder Andrew Williamson (Sudbury, Mass.) got the Bantams on the board in the opening minute of the second quarter, converting on the first of three assists in the game by Looby.

Bantam senior captain attackman Harper Cullen (Rehoboth Beach, Del.) scored from Looby on a low rocket later in the second, and Williamson assisted Hebert on a bouncer past Mule senior netminder Tom Gianakos (Simsbury, Conn.) to cut the lead to 4-3 with 2:32 remaining before the half. Colby junior middie Alex Boches (Beverly, Mass.) tallied his second goal of the game with 1:12 on the clock to give the Mules a 5-3 edge at intermission.

After over seven minutes of scoreless play and a short-handed goal by Colby senior captain midfielder Max Weiss (McLean, Va.), the Bantams rattled off three unanswered tallies over the final five minutes of the third frame to know the game at 6-6. Looby fed Cullen on the first goal and scored the next on a wrap-around move behind the net, while Williamson bounced the ball through Gianakos' legs from the left wing with 2:11 on the clock to tie the score.

The Mules went ahead on Jennings' third goal with 7:23 left in regulation, and Trinity tied the game for the final time when senior captain midfielder Ray Mooney (Wellesley, Mass.) quickly passed ahead to Hebert after a whistle who beat Gianakos on a one-on-one from close.

Trinity outshot Colby, 35-22, but the Mules held a 32-to-16 edge on ground balls and won 12 of the 19 face-offs, and either team could capitalize on nine combined man-up chances. Cullen, Hebert, and Williamson finished with two goals apiece for Trinity, while Williamson added an assist, and Looby tallied four points on one goal and three assists.

Johnson finished with seven saves. Boches scored twice for the Mules, while Weiss and sophomore defenseman Brendan Moriarty (New Fairfield, Conn.) added one goal and one assist. Gianakos made 12 saves, while junior midfielder Craig Bunker (Topsfield, Mass.) was 12 for 19 on face-offs with five ground balls, and senior captain defenseman James Brady (Walpole, Mass.) grabbed a game-high nine ground balls.

2010-03-27



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