Colby Beats Bates in Defensive Affair

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby will have to settle for the fifth seed in the NESCAC tournament after pulling out a 5-3 win over rival Bates in the regular season finale at Bill Alfond Field on Wednesday.

The Mules, who improved to 9-4 overall and finished 6-4 in conference play, will play at fourth-seeded Connecticut College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Mules fell 8-7 in four overtimes at Connecticut College on March 31. However, Colby has won seven of the last eight games since that tough defeat.

Conn College's overtime win was the difference in the Mules hosting a home quarterfinal game and playing on the road. Colby finished this season with a 6-0 home record and stand at 25-3 on Bill Alfond Field over the past four years, with all three losses coming by one goal in league games.

Both teams were strong defensively on Wednesday, accounting for a number of the combined 53 turnovers in the game. Ian Boldt (Millburn, N.J.) had one goal, a team-high three caused turnovers, and two ground balls to lead Colby. Meanwhile, Bates senior midfielder Reed Brown (Portsmouth, N.H.) had game-highs of five caused turnoverrs and five ground balls in his final collegiate game.

Colby scored twice in the opening quarter for a 2-0 margin at the break. Jonathan McIvor (Sudbury, Mass.) scored his 19th goal of the season off a pass from Trevor Shorb (Lincoln, Mass.) with 11:43 left in the quarter. Both teams went without a goal for about 11 minutes until Scott Margolis (New York, N.Y.) scored on a tough angle off a pass from Greg McKillop (Washington, D.C.) with 47 seconds left.

Colby took a 3-0 halftime margin when first-year attacker Chip Grossman (Charlottesville, Va.) scored on a dish by James Wyse (Newton, Mass.) with 10:48 to intermission.

Bates, which only had four shots in the first half, cut the margin to 3-1 on a blast from outside by Rob Highland (Yarmouth, Maine), who took a pass from Kyle Starr (Concord, N.H.) on the play with 12:23 left in the third quarter.

Boldt, a sophomore defender, scored his second goal of the season on a break led by Bjorn Knutson (Bloomington, Minn.), who also was 8 for 12 in face-off attempts and had two ground balls on the day. The goal put the Mules back up by three goals at 4-1 with 8:22 to play.

About three minutes later, McKillop came from behind the goal and ripped a low shot in for a goal for a 5-1 lead with 5:32 remaining. The Mules, though, went without a goal for the final 20:32 of the contest.

The Bobcats clamped down defensively and cut the margin to 5-2 on an unassisted goal by Conor Henrie (Lexington, Mass.) with 2:27 left in the third quarter.

Bates also went on a scoring drought of more than 15 minutes before Highland scored his second goal of the game with 2:19 to play. The Mules won the ensuing face-off and were able to run off the rest of the time.

Colby's Russ Wilson (Denver, Colo.) added four ground balls and one caused turnover and fellow defender Peter Willauer (Duxbury, Mass.) had three ground balls and one caused turnover.

Mac Jackson (Hood River, Ore.) finished with three ground balls and Charlie Clark (Pepper Pike, Ohio) had two caused turnovers for the Bobcats.

Peter Reiley (Marblehead, Mass.) finished with six saves in net for the Mules. Adam Scharff (Glyndon, Md.) made three stops for Bates.

2012-04-25



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