Sandler, Sayre Have Big Debut for Colby in Win vs. Trinity

WATERVILLE, Maine -- What a debut for Colby head coach Jack Sandler and first-year attacker Austin Sayre (Summit, N.J.) after the Mules handed Trinity a 14-4 defeat in a men's lacrosse season opener for both teams.

Sandler, who spent the past eight years at Skidmore College as head coach, opened his coaching career at Colby with a convincing New England Small College Athletic Conference victory.

Sayre, who came into the season with high expectations for a first-year, stunned the Bantams with six goals and two assists. With the Mules trailing 2-1, Sayre scored three straight goals for a 4-2 margin and sent Colby on its way to the victory.

"I could not have been more impressed with our overall effort today. The guys truly left it all on the field and played hard for a full 60 minutes," Sandler said. "I was impressed with our poise on both offense and defense, we did not let mistakes build up and instead reset for the next play. A great team win today."

Colby junior attacker Derek Youngman (Cohasset, Mass.), who played in the shadow of All-Americans Ian Deveau and John Jennings last year, also came up big with five goals and two assists.

John Grimaldi (Manchester, Mass.) added two goals and defender Peter Willauer (Duxbury, Mass.) had the other score for the Mules.

Matthew Hauck (Ridgewood, N.J.) played a part in three of Trinity's four goals with two goals and one assist. Chase Growney (Berwyn, Pa.) and Michael Lofrese (Stewart Manor, N.Y.) also tallied.

Colby started the scoring quickly in a game with 84 total shots. Youngman scored off a feed from Buddy Reed just 34 seconds into play.

Trinity settled down and took a 2-1 lead over the next 10 minutes. Growney tied it at 1-1 with 10:21 left in the first quarter from Hauck. The Bantams then took their only lead of the game when Hauck tallied unassisted with 5:11 remaining.

Sayre took over the game over the next six minutes, scoring three unassisted goals on a variety of shots and moves to the goal. He scored with 4:13 and 2:37 left in the first quarter for a 3-2 Mule lead at the break. Sayre got the hat trick just 1:26 into the second quarter and suddenly the Mules led 4-2.

With the game still tight over the next 10 minutes, Youngman scored his second goal of the game with 3:55 to halftime for a 5-2 lead at the break.

Willauer made it 6-2 just 11 seconds into the second half. First-year Austin Frank (Wellesley, Mass.) won the face-off and got the ball to Willauer for the score. Frank was 5 for 6 in face-off attempts and had four ground balls.

Willauer's goal was the first of five straight in the third quarter for the Mules. Grimadli tallied about two minutes later from Sayre and then Sayre added another unassisted score with 11:06 left for an 8-2 margin. Youngman scored on one of the prettiest goals of the game, taking a centering feed on the run from Brendan McNeill (Needham, Mass.) for Colby's ninth goal. Youngman added an unassisted goal with 6:33 to go in the third and the Mules were up 10-2.

Lofrese answered for Trinity with 2:34 to go in the third quarter, but Sayre scored his fifth goal of the game with 10:33 left in the fourth quarter to bring the margin back up to eight goals.

After a score by Hauck with 8:09 to play, Colby had goals from Youngman (Phil Champoux assist), Sayre from Youngman, and Grimaldi from Sayre in the final 6:32 of play.

Willauer also had four ground balls and two caused turnovers for Colby. Hunter Moore (Dallas, Texas) had a game-high three caused turnovers, while Kenny Jacobson (Duxbury, Mass.) had two caused turnovers. Sam Lamson (Chevy Chase, Md.), a transfer from Trinity, was 7 for 8 in face-offs and had four ground balls for Colby.

J.R. Mastro (Bedford Hills, N.Y.) led Trinity with four ground balls, while William Naughton (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) had three ground balls.


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