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Men's lacrosse falls one goal short in 11-10 setback

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College men's lacrosse team had two opportunities to tie the game in the final minute of play, but Middlebury College held on for an 11-10 win in NESCAC play Saturday at Harold Alfond Stadium.

The Mules are 3-5 overall and 1-5 in the conference, while the Panthers improve to 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the league.
By the numbers
* Chase Goree scored three goals, including Middlebury's final goal with 6:37 to play. Michael McCormack and Danny Jacobs both had two goals and one assist. A.J. Kucinski also had three points with one goal and two assists.
* Henry Riehl added two goals and Wes Quinzani had one for the Panthers, who had a 49-31 shot advantage.
* Don Vivian led all scorers with three goals and two assists for Colby. Tucker Dietrick finished with three goals and one assist, while CJ Hassan had two goals and one assist. 
* Brendan Seiler scored his first collegiate goal and Charlie Lynch also tallied for the Mules. Mason Brady dished two assists.
* Colby goaltender C.J. Layton (pictured) finished with 17 saves and Middlebury keeper Charles Midgley had eight stops.
* The Mules won the face-off battle by a 13-11 margin, with Joe Paolatto going 12-for-23. Jake Madnick was 9-for-17 and had a game-high eight ground balls for the Panthers.
* Eric Rogers added four ground balls for the Panthers, while teammates Kucinski and Riehl both had three.
* Colby defender Graham Lian had four ground balls and two caused turnovers. John Pappas also had four ground balls and added one caused turnover. Brady and Vivian both had three ground balls.
Game highlights
* The Mules had the start they were hoping for, leading 2-0 and 3-1 in the first 10 minutes of the game on goals by Hassan, Dietrick and Vivian. Jacobs scored two straight to tie the game at 3-3, but Dietrick gave the Mules a 4-3 lead after one quarter.
* The Panthers scored three straight goals to go ahead 6-4 in the second quarter. McCormack, Kucinski, and Riehl had the goals. Hassan had the Mules' lone goal of the quarter with 2:42 to play, but McCormack tallied just 46 seconds later for a 7-5 halftime margin.
* The Mules had just three shots in the third quarter, but scored on two of them. Seiler scored from a tough angle with 6:55 to play to make it 7-6. Goree scored with 1:09 to go to push the margin back to two goals. Colby, however, received some momentum when Lynch scored from Dietrick with just 16 seconds remaining.
* Colby had its last tie of the game at 8-8 when Vivian scored just 38 seconds into the fourth quarter. The Panthers, though, went up 10-8 on consecutive goals by Riehl and Quinzani. After Dietrick cut the lead to one with 8:36 remaining, Goree closed out the Panthers' scoring with 6:37 to play.
* Vivian scored his third of the game from Brady with 2:34 remaining for the final goal. The Mules had two great opportunities to tie the game, including one after a terrific caused turnover by Lian.