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Mules use second half surge to overcome Bowdoin in clash of NESCAC rivals

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Although snowplows worked a fresh storm from the field just hours before game-time, the men's lacrosse teams from both Bowdoin and Colby College began play fired up for the annual clash between NESCAC rivals. The game was physical from the start, and Bowdoin's early aggressive play helped them to a 1-0 lead on Nick Iznaga's goal five minutes into the game. The Mules quickly responed to every Bowdoin attack, though. Colton Michel, Jack Rickards, and Lane Kadish each netted first half goals as the Mules and Polar Bears traded blows. Strong defense from both teams and back and forth action left the game tied 3-3 at its midway point.

Bowdoin again began the scoring on Donal Mullane's goal less than three minutes into the second half, but the Mule's offense heated up as the night cooled. Max Cushman tied the game at five goals apiece on CJ Hassan's assist and sparked a run of four more unanswered goals for Colby in the third quarter. Colton Michel and Max Cushman each scored their second goals of the game to give the Mules a 6-4 lead before CJ Hassan and Jack Rickards closed out the quarter for Colby, bringing the score to 8-4. The Mules' scoring barrage was complemented by suffocating defense and lock down play from goalie CJ Layton, who finished with 15 saves on the night. Colby held Bowdoin without another second-half goal for 19 minutes until Iznaga scored his second goal for the Polar Bears. At that point, though, the Mules' lead would prove sufficient. CJ Hassan added another goal and Colby finished the night with a 9-6 victory. 

"I thought it was a gritty performance with our defense leading the way backed by CJ Leighton," said head coach Guy Van Arsdale. "We also got a great spark from Max Cushman on the offensive end and the rest of our guys fed off of him. Overall, it was a very good win for our program." The victory moves the Mules to 6-4 on the season and into sixth place is the NESCAC standings.

Colby looks to continue its momentum at home on Saturday at 1:00PM (EST) against Williams College.