Kadish, Lynch, Paolatto lead men's lacrosse to big NESCAC win

WATERVILLE, Maine -- In an early season must-win for both teams, Colby College received five goals and two assists from Lane Kadish and two goals and five assists by Charlie Lynch in a 17-11 NESCAC men's lacrosse win over Connecticut College on Saturday. 
 
Both teams came into the game with 0-3 records in the league and neither wanted to drop to 0-4 with six league games left. 
 
By the numbers
* Kadish scored on five of his 10 shots, while Lynch also was at 50 percent with two goals on four shots.
 
*  Don Vivian (3 goals), Riley Bergstrom (1 goal, 2 assists), and CJ Hassan (1 goal, 2 assists) all had three points on the day for Colby (3-3 overall). Bret Miller (2 goals), Jack Rickards (1 goal, 1 assist), and Colton Michel (1 goal, 1 assist) each had two points. Carter Vickers had the other score for the Mules.
 
* Colby face-off man Joe Paolatto (pictured) was a key player in the game, winning 22 of the 31 face-offs. He also had four ground balls. Nick Percarpio tied for a game-high six ground balls. 
 
* Colby goalie C.J. Layton stopped 10 shots and had an assist on a Kadish goal in the fourth quarter. 
 
* The Camels' Jack Rutter finished with three goals and two assists, while PJ Kelleher had two goals and one assist. Jon Creed also had three points on the day with one goal and two assists.
 
* Sean Smith added a pair of goals for Connecticut College (3-4 overall). Jordan Foster had one goal and one assist, while Maxx Trotsky and Brandon Plante each finished with one goal.
 
* The Camels used three goalies - Jameson Hill, Colin Smith, Billy Dreyer - who combined for 14 saves. Toby Almeida had nine face-off wins and six ground balls. Ryan Fish paced the Camels with three caused turnovers. 
 
Game highlights
* The Mules scored five goals in the opening 10:09 of the game to take a 5-3 lead after one quarter. 
 
* Colby pulled away for good with the opening four goals of the second quarter, including two from Vivian on turnaround shots. The Mules were up 10-5 at halftime.
 
* The Camels did score the opening two goals of the third quarter to cut the margin to 10-7. However, Colby went on a 4-1 scoring run to open up a 14-8 margin early in the fourth quarter. 
 
Next up
* Colby is at University of New England for a 3 p.m. non-conference game Tuesday.
 
* The Camels are at Coast Guard for a 7 p.m. game Wednesday.