March 26, 2009

Colby Upsets No. 5 Endicott 12-7

from press release

BEVERLY, Mass. --- The Colby College men’s lacrosse team made it two big upsets in a row for the Mule lacrosse programs with a 12-7 victory over fifth-ranked Endicott College on Thursday.

The Mules are 5-2 overall and 2-1 in New England Small College Athletic Conference play heading into Saturday’s noon conference game at Middlebury College. Endicott falls to 7-1 overall.

Just two days after the Colby women’s lacrosse program upset top-ranked Salisbury University, the men’s program pulled off a big win of its own.

Whit McCarthy had three goals and two assists for the Mules to move his season totals to 21 goals and eight assists for 29 points. Caddy Brooks finished with one goal and three assists, while Mark Squicciarino added two goals and Scott Margolis had one goal and two assists.

Colby’s Craig Bunker did the job once again by winning 16-of-22 face-offs and picking up 11 groundballs. He also had one goal to give the Mules their biggest lead at 11-4. Bunker is winning nearly 68 percent of his face-offs and has 62 groundballs in seven games.

The game was a defensive battle until Mark Squicciarino tallied off an assist from McCarthy with 2:01 left in the first quarter. Endicott tied the game at 1-1 with 11:32 left in the second quarter, but Stew Brown scored off a pass from Brooks with 5:34 left to give the Mules a 2-1 lead at intermission.

After the teams combined for three goals in one half, Colby and Endicott put up 10 goals in the third quarter. The Mules had seven goals in 15 minutes to take control of the game. Todd Boertzel, Margolis, and McCarthy scored three goals in span of less than two minutes to give Colby a 5-1 lead with 10:37 left in the third quarter.

Endicott made it 5-2 with 8:38 to play in the third, but McCarthy got his second goal 32 seconds later to make it 6-2. The Mules scored three of the next four goals to go up 9-4 heading into the fourth quarter. Brooks, McCarthy, and Squicciarino had goals for Colby.

Patrick Briody and Bunker scored 18 seconds apart to put Colby up 11-4. Endicott scored the next three goals to tighten the game a bit at 11-7 with 2:41 to play. However, Jon McIvor got his first collegiate goal with 2:19 to play for the final goal of the game.

Alex Farmer made eight saves for Colby, which was 3-for-5 in man-up opportunities.

Colby 12, Endicott 7

Colby 1#1#7#3---12

Endicott 0#1#3#3---7

Colby SCORING: GOALS: Whit McCarthy 3; Mark Squicciarino 2; Caddy Brooks 1; Scott Margolis 1; Todd Boertzel 1; Stew Brown 1; Jon McIvor 1; Craig Bunker 1; Patrick Briody 1. ASSISTS: Caddy Brooks 3; Scott Margolis 2; Whit McCarthy 2; Todd Boertzel 1. Endicott SCORING: GOALS: Nick Cosco 2; Eddie O'Reilly 2; Brandon Dube 1; Dan Cain 1; Brad Lipkvich 1. ASSISTS: Nick Cosco 2; Jack Curtis 2; Brandon Dube 1.

Shots: Colby 36, Endicott 26. Goalies: Alex Farmer (Colby, 60:00, 7 GA, 8 saves); Eric Hagarty (Endicott, 60:00, 12 GA, 7 saves).

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