No. 20 Wesleyan Uses Big Third Quarter to Top Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Despite seven points on the day from Colby's Derek Youngman, Wesleyan had the only five goals of the third quarter to go up 12-5 on the way to a 14-10 win against Colby on Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.

Wesleyan, ranked 20th nationally and fourth in New England, moves to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in New England Small College Athletic Conference play. The Mules, ranked ninth in New England, fall to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in league play.

Colby was 4-0 at home this season and 34-7 on Bill Alfond Field over the past six years heading into the game. The Cardinals, though, opened up a 3-1 lead after a quarter and never trailed in the game.

The Mules fell behind 5-2 in the second quarter, but scored three straight goals to tie it at 5-5. Austin Sayre scored off an assist from Derek Youngman with 9:47 to halftime. The Mules won the face-off and Youngman scored just six seconds later from Austin Frank to make it 5-4. Youngman tied the game with 6:21 to play off a pass from Conor MacLaverty.

The Cardinals went ahead for good when David Murphy tallied with 4:44 to intermission from Sam Stanton. Murphy then assisted on a goal by Matt Prezioso with 1:13 to the break.

Stanton, who had a terrific game with eight ground balls, started the run of five straight goals in the third quarter for Wesleyan. He scored with 12:14 to play and Prezioso made it 9-5 from Lyle Mitchell with 10:32 to go. Aidan Daniell scored a man-up goal with 8:24 and Mike Giambanco had an unassisted goal with 4:55 to play. Daniell had the assist on the fifth goal of the quarter from Niall Devaney with 3:41 remaining.

Colby settled down in the fourth quarter and cut the margin to 12-7 on an unassisted goal from John Grimaldi and a man-up tally from Mark Philipps in the opening 3:26 of play in the final quarter.

Graham Macnab pushed the lead back up to 13-7 when he came in from the right side and appeared to be looking to pass, but sneaked in a quick shot.

The Mules scored three of the four final goals to tighten the game. Whit Harwood, Jr. scored 50 seconds after Macnab's goal to make it 13-8, but the Cardinals bounced back again when Mitchell scored from Nate Ryan with 7:36 to play.Youngman got his fourth goal of the game from MacLaverty with 6:53 left and Grimaldi made it 14-10 from Jeb Waters with 3:51 to go.

Prezioso had three goals and two assists to lead Wesleyan. Murphy and Mitchell each had two goals and one assist.

Youngman added three assists to go with his four goals for a game-high seven points. Sayre and Grimaldi each had two goals. Youngman is up to a team-best 20 goals and seven assists for 27 points despite missing two games due to injury.

Campbell had two caused turnovers and two ground balls for the Cardinals. Mark Simmons made eight saves in goal.

Frank was 12 for 21 in face-offs and scooped nine ground balls for Colby. Tyler Will stopped 12 shots and had three ground balls.

The Cardinals were 3 for 3 in man-up situations and had a 46-35 shot advantage.


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