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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 11, 2013
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College senior attacker John Jennings (St. John's Prep/Danvers, Mass.), who had half of his team's goals in regulation play, was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week on Monday.
Jennings opened the season in fine fashion by scoring five goals and scooping up three ground balls in Colby's 11-10 overtime victory over Amherst College on Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.
Jennings scored two of his team's first four goals to get the Mules out to a 4-0 lead. After Amherst tightened up the game, Jennings had his other three goals all come when Colby was up by just one goal. Jennings' goal with 12:44 left in the game put the Mules up 9-7 and proved important because Amherst scored three straight goals to take a 10-9 margin. Jennings' presence in front of the goal and Amherst's collapsing defense on him allowed the Mules to score two goals from outside shots with 1:02 remaining in regulation to tie the game and then in overtime.
Jennings, an All-NESCAC selection a year ago, also went over 100 career points and stands at 93 goals and nine assists for 102 points. In the first NESCAC statistics of the season, Jennings is first in goals per game (5.0) and tied for second in points per game (5.0).
Colby (1-0 overall) moved up from ninth to seventh in the latest New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll. The Mules also are second in teams receiving votes in the national top 20 poll. The Mules will entertain New England College in a non-conference game Tuesday at 4 p.m. The game will be Webcast at http://www.