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Fales, Brady lead men's lacrosse past Trinity, big game with Bates next

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College goaltender Payton Fales earned a win in his first collegiate start and Mason Brady scored with 1:32 left for the game-winning goal in a 10-9 win against Trinity College in NESCAC men's lacrosse Saturday at Harold Alfond Stadium.

Colby's eight seniors -- Harrison Alpaugh, Cillian Connor, Tucker Dietrick, Will Irwin, Graham Lian, Brad McCarthy, John Pappas, and Myles Smith -- were honored before the game.

"So proud of how hard our team plays regardless of the circumstances," Colby head coach Guy Van Arsdale said. "Today we showed great poise and rose up as a team to secure this victory. I am so happy for our seniors who have done an amazing job of leading their teammates to these type of successes." 

The Mules improve to 6-6 overall and 3-6 in the league heading into Wednesday's regular season home finale against Bates College at 4 p.m. The two Maine colleges will be playing what amounts to a play-in game, with the winner moving on to the NESCAC playoffs and the loser ending their season. Bates fell to 3-6 in the league after Saturday's loss at Amherst College.
"Wednesday is a big day not just to earn a spot in the NESCAC playoffs but more importantly to earn more time of this team being together," Van Arsdale said. 
By the numbers
* Fales (pictured right), with All-NESCAC goaltender C.J. Layton unable to play, had 10 total saves. He stopped four shots in the third quarter.
* C.J. Hassan had three goals and two assists to lead Colby's offense. Brady added two goals and two assists, while Tucker Dietrick finished with three goals. Rocky Tonkel and Carter Vickers also tallied. 
* Don Vivian joined Brady and Hassan with two assists for the Mules.
* Teddy Myers led Trinity (4-9 overall, 1-8 NESCAC) with two goals and one assist. Ben Knaus added one goal and one assist, while Drew Kozub scored twice. Troy Hanlon, Spencer Mehm, Jack Ricciuti, and Ben Ferrucci also had goals.
* Colby face-off man Joe Paolatto was 12-for-22 on draws and had a game-high seven ground balls. He won all six of his draws in the third quarter.
* Senior captains Brad McCarthy and Graham Lian both had three caused turnovers for Colby. John Pappas added two caused turnovers and four ground balls. Nick Percarpio and Will Erwin each had three ground balls.
* Brian Crowe led Trinity with three caused turnovers and four ground balls. Alexander Notman and Ryan Tassan both had three ground balls.
Game highlights
* Both teams had big scoring runs in the game, with Colby netting six straight goals at one point. The Bantams later scored five in a row to tie the game at 9-9.
* After the teams battled to a 2-2 tie after a quarter, Colby scored all four goals in the second quarter to take a 6-2 halftime margin. Dietrick, Brady, Tonkel, and Hassan tallied.
* The Mules made it six straight goals when Dietrick and Hassan scored in the first 3:04 of the third quarter to help Colby take an 8-2 lead.
* Kozub and Knaus scored for the Bantams to cut the margin to 8-4, but Dietrick tallied with 4:44 remaining in the third quarter for a 9-4 lead after three.
* The Bantams had five different players score goals in their comeback. Mehm scored just 54 seconds into the final quarter to get Trinity some momentum. Ricciuti, Hanlon, Ferrucci, and Myers scored from 9:23 to 4:38 to knot the game at 9-9.
* Both teams had opportunities to take the lead until Hassan somehow squeezed a pass into Brady, who turned, leaped, and scored from 10 yards out with 1:32 to go.
Top photo Dean Denis; Bottom photo Dustin Satloff