WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. --- Senior tri-captain Jonathan McIvor (Sudbury, Mass.) exploded for five goals and one assist to help the Colby College men's lacrosse team to a 10-9 win over Williams College and a fifth straight victory Saturday.
The Mules are suddenly battling for a top four spot in the league and a chance to host a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal game. Colby moved to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in the conference, while Williams fell to 3-7 overall and 1-6 in league play.
While the Mules are 23-3 on Colby's Bill Alfond Field over the past four years, winning on the road in the NESCAC has been difficult, Saturday's win marks the first league road win of the season. Colby has another road game at Bowdoin College on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and then close the regular season with home games against Middlebury College (April 21) and Bates College (April 25).
The foursome of McIvor, Ian Deveau (Portsmouth, R.I.), John Jennings (Danvers, Mass.), and tri-captain Greg McKillop (Washington, D.C.) have piled up points during Colby's five-game winning streak. Deveau has 13 goals and 11 assists in the past five outings and has career numbers of 60 goals and 59 assists for 119 points. McIvor is playing the best lacrosse of his Colby career with 12 goals and four assists in the five games, Jennings has 12 goals and one assist, and McKillop is at five goals and seven assists. Jennings pushed his career totals to 77 goals and nine assists in his three years with the Mules.
Jennings had three goals in Saturday's win, while Deveau finished with one score and three assists. McKillop had the other goal for the winners.
After battling to a 4-4 halftime tie, Colby had a 5-2 scoring edge in the third quarter to take the lead for good. McIvor scored unassisted just 55 seconds into play and Deveau tallied 41 seconds later for a 6-4 lead. The Ephs scored 53 seconds later after Deveau's goal to stay close at 6-5.
The Mules scored three goals in a span of 4:29 to move the lead to 9-5. McKillop tallied with 9:59 left in the third, Jennings followed just 54 seconds later with his third goal of the game, and McIvor gave Colby a four-goal margin with 5:30 to play.
Williams scored the dreaded late goal with just one second left in the third quarter to cut the Mule lead to 9-6. The Ephs followed that late tally with an early goal just 37 seconds into the final quarter to make it 9-7.
McIvor's fifth goal of the game put the score at 10-7 with 12:55 remaining and gave the Mules some breathing room for a few seconds. Williams battled back again and scored just 43 seconds later to cut the margin to 10-8. The Ephs made it 10-9 when Andy Grabrowski scored with 8:15 left.
Colby goaltender Peter Reiley (Marblehead, Mass.) and his defense did the job the rest of the way. He had four of his 10 saves in the final quarter, Russ Wilson (Denver, Colo.) had two caused turnovers in the game, Peter Willauer (Duxbury, Mass.) scooped three ground balls, Christian Kelso (Summit, N.J.) had two ground balls and one caused turnover, and tri-captain Nick Hunnewell (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) finished with a team-high four ground balls.
Bjorn Knutson (Bloomington, Minn.) was 11-for-22 in face-off chances for Colby. The Mules also played smart and had no penalties in the game.
Colby 10, Williams 9
Colby............... 2 2 5 1 - 10
Williams............ 3 1 2 3 - 9
Colby SCORING: GOALS: Jonathan McIvor 5; John Jennings 3; Ian Deveau
1; Greg McKillop 1. ASSISTS: Ian Deveau 3; Jonathan McIvor 1.
Williams SCORING: GOALS: Andy Grabowski 3; Sam Hargrove 1; Mericos
Rhodes 1; Michael Acierno 1; Evan Dedominicis 1; Colton Growney 1;
Stephen Upton 1. ASSISTS: Sam Hargrove 2; Steven Kiesel 2; Andy Grabowski 1; Eric
SHOTS - Colby 27; Williams 35.
Penalties - Colby 0/0:00; Williams 3/2:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Colby 0-3; Williams 0-0.
TURNOVERS - Colby 18; Williams 15.
FACEOFFS - Colby 11-22; Williams 11-22.
GOALIES - Colby: Peter Reiley (60:00 minutes, 19 shots-10 saves, 9
GA); Williams: Sean Dougherty 3-6 (60:00, 18-8, 10).