WATERVILLE, Maine – Strong goaltending by C.J. Layton and physical defense was not enough to stop the visiting Ephs on the men's lacrosse senior day.
Before the game, in a touching tribute to the dedication of players and their parents' support, each senior was honored on the field. The Mules will graduate eight seniors this year.
Once the game began, however, 9th ranked Williams gained the early momentum. Jared Strauss scored just 45 seconds into the game to give the Ephs a lead they would never relinquish. CJ Hassan and Lane Kadish each scored in the first quarter, but by its end Williams held a 5-2 advantage. As the teams settled into the game, play evened. Charlie Lynch, assisted by Riley Bergstrom, scored the Mules only goal of the second quarter, but the Mules defense held Williams to one goal, leaving the score 6-3 at half.
The third and fourth quarters saw aggressive play from the Mules, with Max Cushman, CJ Hassan, and Carter Vickers, assisted by Lane Kadish, burying goals, but the offensive effort would come up short. Despite 24 saves during the game by Layton, Williams outscored Colby 5-3 over the last two quarters and won 11-6.
Colby next takes the field at home on Tuesday against Maine Maritime at 7:00 PM (EST).