HARTFORD, Conn. -- C.J. Layton came up with 17 saves and head coach Guy Van Arsdale won his first game as head coach of the Colby College men's lacrosse team after an 8-5 NESCAC victory over Trinity College on Sunday.
"Very pleased for our guys today. They fought hard for that win," Van Arsdale said. "They demonstrated a poise in the fourth quarter that we were missing our first two games."
The Mules took a 5-2 lead heading into the final quarter, but Colby had struggled in the first two games in the fourth quarter. Trinity received unassisted goals from John Caraviello with 9:19 left and Max Delameter with 7:26 to play to cut the margin to one goal.
Trinity (1-2 overall, 0-2 NESCAC), though, refused to fold and scored with 3:45 to play on a goal by Jack Stillman to cut the lead to 6-5.
Colby was trying to kill time when Seiler scored his third goal of the game with 1:24 to play. The Mules were spreading the field, had good ball movement, and Seiler found wide open space to run on the right side and ripped a shot for the score.
Myles Smith started the day off right for Colby by ripping a shot off the post and in at the 1:04 mark of the first quarter. Cillian Connor scored on a man-up goal from Colton Michel to give the Mules a 2-0 lead after one quarter.
The Mules kept the Bantams from scoring for more than 28 minutes, but Trinity tallied twice in 10 seconds to make it a 3-2 game at halftime. Jack Sharrio had a nice individual effort to get away from two defenders and score with 1:33 to halftime. The Bantams' Alex Notman picked up the ground ball off the face-off, sprinted toward the Colby goal, and ripped a long shot for the score.
Layton had one of his best saves of the game during a Trinity man-up situation early in the four quarter after a slashing penalty. Layton saved the ball with his feet as he was going to the ground on a low shot.
Michael Logan played a key role for Colby by going 8-for-16 in face-off chances. The Bantams had a 39-36 advantage in shots, but the Mules forced Trinity to go 0-for-7 in man-up situations.