Jennings, Will help men's lacrosse to win over Bowdoin

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 16, 2013
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Tyler Will (Dustin Satloff Photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- John Jennings (Danvers, Mass.) had four goals and one assist to lead the offense and Tyler Will (Woodbury, N.Y.) led the defense with six of his 13 saves in the fourth quarter to lead Colby College to an 8-6 victory over rival Bowdoin College in New England Small College Athletic Conference men's lacrosse on Tuesday night.

Colby moves to 6-7 overall and 2-6 in league play heading into Saturday's 1 p.m. road game at 11th-ranked Middlebury College, which is ranked first in New England. Bowdoin, ranked fifth in New England, fell to 7-5 overall and 5-4 in the conference. 

The Polar Bears had leads of 3-1 and a halftime margin of 4-2, but Jennings set the tone for the second half when he scored on a tough angle just 1:46 into the third quarter from Greg McKillop (Washington, D.C.). Jennings tied the game at 4-4 when he took a pass from Ian Deveau (Portsmouth, R.I.) and ripped a blistering shot in the back of the net with 6:41 left in the third.

Bowdoin appeared to take Colby's momentum away when the Polar Bears won the face-off and Franklin Reis (Hampton Falls, N.H.) scored just 20 seconds later on hard run to the goal from the right side.

Garth Franklin (Fayetteville, N.Y.) scored one of the bigger goals of his career just 2:11 later off a pass from Brendan McNeill (Needham, Mass.) to tie the game again at 5-5 heading into the fourth quarter.

Keith Fairbrother (Madison, N.J.) joined Franklin in possibly scoring the biggest goal of his career on a hard, low shot  with 10:55 to go for the game-winning score.

The Mules added two insurance goals to go up 8-5. Deveau, on the run, took a pass from Chip Grossman (Charlottesville, Va.) and blasted a high shot with 7:16 left. Jennings added Colby's final goal off the third assist of the night from Deveau with 5:53 left.

Colby's defense stepped up for much of the second half, allowing just four Bowdoin shots in the third quarter. The Polar Bears had seven of their shots in the fourth quarter go on net, but Will made a number of body saves. Bowdoin did score the final goal of the game with 1:28 to play on a man-up score by Billy Bergner (Fairfield, Conn.) from Dan Hanley (Falmouth, Maine).

Connor O'Toole (San Marino, Calif.) scored two goals and Tyler Williams (North Hampton, N.H.) had one in the first quarter to give Bowdoin a 3-1 lead. Derek Youngman (Cohasset, Mass.) had Colby's score.

Jennings scored his first goal of the game with 13:06 left to halftime, but Bowdoin's defense held the Mules scoreless the rest of the half. Will Wise (Cohasset, Mass.) had the other goal for the Polar Bears from Bergner.

Peter Willauer (Duxbury, Mass.) had three caused turnovers and three ground balls for Colby. Christian Kelso (Summit, N.J.) added two caused turnovers, while Ian Boldt (Millburn, N.J.) had two ground balls and one caused turnovers.

Ben Brewster (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) added three caused turnovers and three ground balls for Bowdoin. Maxwell Rosner (Brunswick, Maine) and Sether Hanson (Lake Oswego, Ore.) both had two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Colby 8, Bowdoin 6
Bowdoin.............  3  1  1  1 -  6
Colby...............  1  1  3  3 -  8
Bowdoin SCORING: GOALS: Connor O'Toole 2; Billy Bergner 1; Tyler
Williams 1; Franklin Reis 1; Will Wise 1. 
ASSISTS: Billy Bergner 2; Dan Hanley 1. 
Colby SCORING: GOALS: John Jennings 4; Ian Deveau 1; Derek Youngman 1;
Garth Franklin 1; Keith Fairbrother 1. 
ASSISTS: Ian Deveau 3; Chip Grossman 1; John Jennings 1; Greg McKillop
1; Brendan McNeill 1. 
Bowdoin GROUND BALLS 20: Ben Brewster 3; Griffin Cardew 2; Sether
Hanson 2; Connor O'Toole 2; Maxwell Rosner 2; Robert Talcott 2; Billy
Bergner 1; Brian Bowser 1; Mac Caputi 1; Dylan Hannes 1; Franklin Reis
1; Christopher Williams 1; Tyler Williams 1. 
SHOTS - Bowdoin 31; Colby 28.
Penalties - Bowdoin 4/2:30; Colby 2/1:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Bowdoin 1-2; Colby 1-4.
TURNOVERS - Bowdoin 22; Colby 22.
FACEOFFS - Bowdoin 11-18; Colby 7-18.
GOALIES - Bowdoin: Christopher Williams (60:00 minutes, 14 shots-6
saves, 8 GA); Colby: Tyler Will (60:00, 19-13, 6).

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