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Men's lacrosse has good start in setback to defending champs

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Colby College men's lacrosse team led in the first half and only trailed 6-4 at halftime against eighth-ranked Wesleyan University, but the Cardinals pulled away in the second half for a 21-8 NESCAC victory Saturday.

The Mules are 4-4 overall and fall to 1-4 in the conference. Wesleyan, the defending NCAA champions, move to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the league. 

Game highlights

*  The Mules scored the first goal of the game at the 11:50 mark on a score from Charlie Lynch.

* With 1:56 remaining, Colton Michel dished it off to Jack Rickards to even the score at 2-2 after one.

* Colby's Lane Kadish put Colby on top in the opening seconds of the second quarter, but a 3-0 Wesleyan run gave the home team some momentum. 

* Riley Bergstrom cut the deficit to one with 2:53 in the half. However, a goal by Owen Shin in the closing seconds put the Cardinals on top 6-4 at the break.

* Wesleyan had a 9-0 scoring advantage in the third quarter to take control. 

* Trailing 15-4 entering the fourth quarter, Colby came out strong and scored three-straight goals within the first 2:38 to get within eight. 

By the numbers

Will Dodge had his first collegiate goal, scooped three ground balls,  and had two caused turnovers for Colby. He has 29 ground balls to lead Colby. 

* Kadish had a pair of goals, while Bergstrom, Noah Froio (pictured), Lynch, and Michel all had one goal and one assist. Jack Rickards had the other score and Bret Miller dished an assist.

* Finn McNamara had five ground balls for the Mules. Henry Nelson and Nick Percarpio each had two caused turnovers. Joe Paolatto was 7-for-13 on face-offs and had four ground balls.

Up next

The Mules stay on the road for a game with Middlebury next Saturday at 1 p.m.

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