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Offense has been key to Colby's NESCAC title run

WATERVILLE, Maine -- With goaltender Sean Lawrence rightfully receiving plenty of attention for his play, the Colby College offense has quietly put up big numbers heading into Saturday's NCAA Division III first round game at University of New England at 7 p.m.

While the Nor'easters are second in the country in scoring offense (4.96 goals per game), the Mules rank first in the New England Small College Athletic Conference and 20th in the country at 3.41.
 
Colby scored 14 goals in three playoff wins against Amherst College, Wesleyan University, and Trinity College. The Mules (15-10-2 overall) are 12-0 when scoring four goals or more.
 
The Nor'easters have given up goals, ranking just 59th nationally at 3.39 allowed per contest. The Mules rank 20th at just 2.41 allowed. 
 
The other major difference between the teams is penalties. The Nor'easters are first in Division III in penalty minutes (19.0), while Colby ranks 78th out of 81 teams with just 7.8. Colby will need to avoid the penalties -- UNE ranks first in the country in power play percentage (35.9).
 
By averaging 4.67 goals per game in the playoffs, Colby has shown it can score against talented teams. Senior forward Phil Klitirinos leads the Mules in scoring with eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points. Kienan Scott (9 goals, 15 assists), Cam MacDonald (15 goals, 8 assists), Nick O'Connor (11 goals, 11 assists), Justin Grillo (6 goals, 14 assists), Spencer Hewson (4 goals, 15 assists), Michael Decker (3 goals, 16 assists), and Michael Rudolf (8 goals, 10 assists) are other top scorers.
 
Lawrence had a save percentage over 97 percent in the three NESCAC playoff games. He has a 14-7-2 record and ranks third in the country in save percentage (.940).
 
Colby defensemen Decker, an All-NESCAC selection, Dan Dupont, Thomas Stahlhuth, Mark Leprine, Andrew Reis, and Billy Overby have done the job on the blue line and have come up with a number of timely assists. 
 
The Nor'easters (20-5-3 overall, ranked seventh) took 5-3 and 5-1 wins over the Mules this season and were on a roll before falling 8-3 at home to Nichols College in the championship game of the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
 
UNE has built a powerhouse, with its top 13 scorers this season as juniors or younger. The Nor'easters have three first-year players among their top five scorers.
 
Junior forward Brady Fleurent is first in Division III in scoring (16 goals, 34 assists). He has 47 goals and 85 assists for 132 career points in just three seasons.
 
Sophomore Ryan Bloom is eighth in the country in scoring with 18 goals and 28 assists for 46 points. First-year Tyler Seltenreich is third in scoring (19 goals, 15 assists) and has a team-best nine power play goals. First-years Jeff Eppright (11 goals, 18 assists) and Max Rasberg (7 goals, 20 assists) are other top scorers.
 
First-year Ben Churchfield and sophomore Tate Sproxton have both played in net for the Nor'easters and have identical .906 save percentages.
 
The game will be broadcast at http://athletics.une.edu/ sports/2015/2/2/mhock_watch. aspx. There will be live updates on the game at https://twitter.com/ themules