WATERVILLE, Maine --- The duo of John Jennings (Danvers, Mass.) and Ian Deveau (Portsmouth, R.I) combined on Colby College's final three goals of the game, including an overtime goal with 1:59 remaining, to give the Mules an 11-10 win over Middlebury College in New England Small College Athletic Conference men's lacrosse Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.
The Mules (8-4 overall, 5-4 NESCAC) are now 24-3 on Bill Alfond Field over the past four years, including a 5-0 record this season. All three losses during that time have come by one goal.
Middlebury (3-9 overall, 2-7 NESCAC) has had a number of heartbreaking defeats, with five of their losses in the league by one goal and another by two goals.
Middlebury won the face-off to start the four-minute overtime session and had two shots on net, with one saved by Colby goaltender Peter Reiley (Marblehead, Mass.). After securing their clear, the Mules called time with 2:10 to play. Colby got the ball to Deveau up top and he ran hard to the left side and found Jennings wide open in front for the score.
Jennings finished with seven of the Mules' 11 goals to raise his season total to 30 and his three-year career mark to 85 goals. Deveau passed 125 career points (63 goals, 63 assists) with four assists on the day.
The Panthers stunned Colby in the final minute of regulation play. Stew Kerr (Lake Forest, Ill.) tallied with 52 seconds left from in front off a pass from Andrew Metros (Kings Point, N.Y.). The Mules won the face-off, but turned the ball over to Middlebury. After a timeout with just 12.1 seconds remaining, Middlebury's Brian Ayers (Southborough, Mass.) was able to get a step on a Colby defender on the right side and went hard to the right post and found an opening for the tying goal with just seven seconds remaining in regulation.
The Mules scored in the final 20 seconds of the opening three quarters. Colby led 8-6 after James Wyse (Newton, Mass.) came from behind the goal and scored with just eight seconds left in the third quarter.
Middlebury refused to fold and tied the game up in the opening three minutes of the final quarter. Joel Blockowicz (Potomac, Md.) scored unassisted with 13:25 and drew a slashing penalty on Colby during the shot. The Panthers scored on the man-up with 12:33 left when Mike Giordano (Ridgewood, N.J.) tallied from Kerr.
The Mules went up 9-8 just 1:23 later when Jennings and Deveau hooked up for their first of three goals. The two put the Mules up 10-8 with just 3:02 remaining when Deveau again found Jennings in the middle for a score.
Jennings scored late goals to give the Mules leads at the quarter breaks in the first half. He tallied with just 18 seconds left in the first quarter to make it 4-3 and scored with only seven seconds left to halftime for a 6-4 margin.
Jonathan McIvor (Sudbury, Mass.), who was honored with Colby's other six seniors before the game, had three goals in the opening half. Greg McKillop (Washington, D.C.) added three assists and senior Scott Margolis (New York, N.Y.) added two assists.
Kerr led Middlebury with three goals and one assist, while Tim Cahill (Glastonbury, Conn.) had two goals. Ayers and Blockowicz both had one goal and one assist for the Panthers.
Bjorn Knutson (Bloomington, Minn.) was 12-for-23 on face-offs, had nine ground balls, and one caused turnover for Colby. Russ Wilson (Denver, Colo.) added four ground balls and two caused turnovers, senior Nick Hunnewell (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) finished with three ground balls and two caused turnovers, and Christian Kelso (Summit, N.J.) added three ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Brian Foster (Medfield, Mass.) was 10-for-20 in face-offs and had seven ground balls for the Panthers. Zach Driscoll (Concord, Mass.) added four ground balls and three caused turnovers, Billy Chapman (Greenwich, Conn.) had four ground balls, and Darric White (Fairfield, Conn.) had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Reiley finished with nine saves, two ground balls, and one caused turnover for Colby. Nick Gaudio (Cheshire, Conn.) had five stops for the Panthers.
Colby 11, Middlebury 10, OT
Middlebury.......... 3 1 2 4 0 - 10
Colby............... 4 2 2 2 1 - 11
Middlebury SCORING: GOALS: Stew Kerr 3; Tim Cahill 2; Joel Blockowicz
1; Brian Ayers 1; Mike Giordano 1; George Curtis 1; Jack Balaban 1.
ASSISTS: Andrew Metros 2; Brian Ayers 1; Joel Blockowicz 1; Alex
Englert 1; Stew Kerr 1.
Colby SCORING: GOALS: John Jennings 7; Jonathan McIvor 3; James Wyse
1. ASSISTS: Ian Deveau 4; Greg McKillop 3; Scott Margolis 2.
SHOTS - Middlebury 42; Colby 26.
Penalties - Middlebury 0/0:00; Colby 2/1:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Middlebury 1-2; Colby 0-0.
TURNOVERS - Middlebury 21; Colby 18.
FACEOFFS - Middlebury 12-25; Colby 13-25.
CLEARS - Middlebury 13-14; Colby 17-18.
GOALIES - Middlebury: Nate Gaudio (62:01 minutes, 16 shots-5 saves, 11 GA);
Colby: Peter Reiley (62:01, 19-9, 10).