Deveau's OT Goal Lifts Colby Past Amherst in Opener

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby All-American Ian Deveau (Portsmouth, R.I.) made sure his team was going to win the one-goal game with Amherst this year, scoring with 1:05 left in the first overtime session to give the Mules a thrilling 11-10 win on Saturday in the NESCAC season opener for both teams.

The Lord Jeffs had taken an overtime win over Colby two years ago on Bill Alfond Field and also won by one score last year at Amherst. The Lord Jeffs came into this game ranked sixth in the latest New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, while the Mules were ranked ninth.

Colby's Chip Grossman, who tied the game in regulation at 10-10 with just 1:02 to play, casually flipped the ball to Deveau on the game-winning play. Deveau ripped a blistering shot high and past Amherst goalie Rob Dickinson (Memphis, Tenn.) to set off a wild celebration.

John Jennings (Danvers, Mass.) scored five goals to lead Colby. He went over 100 career points in the game and now has 93 goals and nine assists for 102 points. Greg McKillop (Washington, D.C.) added one goal and three assists, while first-year John Alex Rutan (Walnut Creek, Calif.) had his first collegiate goal.

Dylan Park (Charlottesville, Va.) had a fine debut for Amherst, scoring twice and dishing two assists in his first collegiate game. Devin Acton (Sudbury, Mass.), Jeff Izzo (Plandome, N.Y.), Kane Haffey (Duxbury, Mass.), and Sam Lawlor (St. Davids, Pa.) also had two goals apiece for Amherst.

Colby (1-0 overall, 1-0 NESCAC) started the game with four goals in the opening 4:48 of the contest and the Mules might have been thinking blowout. McKillop scored just 38 seconds into the game on a nice individual effort on a drive to the goal. Rutan made it 2-0 with 12:52 to play when he took a pass from Christian Kelso (Summit, N.J.) and converted on a break opportunity. Jennings then scored from McKillop with 12:03 left and added an unassisted goal with 10:12 remaining.

Amherst (0-1, 0-1), though, settled down and received back-to-back unassisted goals by Park with 9:05 left and Acton on a nice rush to the goal with 6:47 remaining.

Deveau scored on a breakaway after McKillop caused a turnover on an attempted Amherst clear, pushing the lead to 5-2 with 5:06 left.

The Lord Jeffs made it a 5-4 game after one quarter with two goals in the final 43 seconds of play. Lawlor scored his first collegiate goal with 43 seconds left and Acton followed with another score just 17 seconds later.

The teams split goals in the second quarter and the Mules led 6-5 at halftime. Jennings again scored from McKillop with 6:34 to play, but Izzo tallied from Park with 2:19 left.

Colby scored quickly again to start the half on a goal by Jennings just 27 seconds into play for a 7-5 margin. The Lord Jeffs again cut the lead to one on Park's second goal of the game. Deveau made it 8-6 after three quarters on a high blast that looked similar to his overtime score.

Haffey notched his first collegiate goal for the Lord Jeffs to cut the margin to 8-7 on Park's second assist of the game. Jennings moved the lead back to two at 9-7 when he may have scored the easiest of his 93 career goals. A ball was deflected to him near the right post, he scooped it up, and shoveled it into a wide open net with 12:44 remaining.

Amherst took control starting with Izzo's second goal with 7:25 to play. The Lord Jeffs tied the game at 9-9 with 3:48 to play on Lawlor's second goal and then took their first lead of the game at 10-9 on a pretty goal by Haffey. Acton made a nice feed to Haffey as he was going hard to the goal and he slammed a shot in for the lead.

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2013-03-09



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