Men's lacrosse has veteran team for 2013 season

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 6, 2013
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Senior co-captain Greg McKillop (Dustin Satloff Photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine ---- The Colby College men's lacrosse team begins the 2013 season Saturday with high expectations after finishing 9-5 a year ago and starting this season ranked in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll.

The Mules, under third-year head coach Justin Domingos, are ranked ninth in New England and play host to sixth-ranked Amherst College at noon Saturday at Bill Alfond Field. Both the Mules and Amherst are receiving votes in the latest Division III national poll. The game will be Webcast at

Colby was unbeatable at home last year, posting a 6-0 record on Bill Alfond Field. The Mules, though, were just 3-5 in road games and 1-4 in conference contests. Colby is 25-4 at home over the past four years, with all four losses coming in one-goal league contests.

Senior midfielder Ian Deveau (Portsmouth, R.I.) earned All-American honors last year after leading the Mules in scoring with 25 goals and 18 assists for 43 points. Deveau, who also earned All-New England and All-NESCAC honors for a second straight year, has 63 goals and 64 assists for 127 career points.

Deveau and senior midfielder Greg McKillop (Washington, D.C.) are co-captains of a veteran team. McKillop was tied for second on the Mules in scoring a year ago with 15 goals and a team-high 20 assists for 35 points. Senior attacker John Jennings (Danvers, Mass.), an All-NESCAC selection last year, had a team-high 33 goals and a pair of assists for 35 points. Jennings has 76 goals in the past two years and takes career totals of 88 goals and nine assists for 97 points into this year.

Senior short-stick defender Bjorn Knutson (Bloomington, Minn.) stepped in as Colby's main face-off man last season and won 55 percent of his face-off attempts (140-for-256) and scooped up a team-high 91 groundballs. Senior midfielder Garth Franklin (Fayetteville, N.Y., 5 goals, 2 assists) is another leading scorer back from last season.

Junior goalie Peter Reiley (Marblehead, Mass.) returns after going 8-5 and posting a 7.96 goals against average. He had 122 saves in 13 games and had a .542 save percentage. Sophomore Tyler Will (Woodbury, N.Y.) had the other victory for the Mules and saw limited time in goal.

Colby's defense should be solid in front of the goalies. Senior Christian Kelso (Summit, N.J.), junior Russ Wilson (Denver, Colo.), senior Spike Smigelski (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), and sophomore Peter Willauer (Duxbury, Mass.) all return in back. Willauer made an immediate impact in his first year, leading the team in groundballs (34) among players not taking face-offs. Kelso had 29 groundballs, Wilson finished with 19, and Smigelski had 12. Senior Eric Eberhart (Rye Beach, N.H.) and sophomore Kyle Duca (Wayne, N.J.) also will play on defense.

Ian Boldt (Millburn, N.J.) returns at long-stick midfielder after picking up 21 groundballs and scoring two goals on just three shots. James Wyse (Newton, Mass., 3 goals), Jed Rooney (Pelham Manor, N.Y., 2 goals, 2 assists), Chip Grossman (Charlottesville, Va., 3 goals), Buddy Reed (Woolwich, Maine, 7 groundballs), Brendan McNeill (Needham, Mass.), Whit W. Harwood, Jr. (Short Hills, N.J.), Jeb Waters (Norwalk, Conn.), Phil Champoux (North Yarmouth, Maine), and Kushveer Jadeja (Chevy Chase, Md.) also are back as midfielders.

Senior Keith Fairbrother (Madison, N.J., 2 goals) and sophomores Derek Youngman (Cohasset, Mass.), John Grimaldi (Manchester, Mass.), and Mark Phillips (New York, N.Y.) return on attack.

The Mules have 17 first-year players on the roster and will look for contributions right away from the class.

Colby's schedule includes eight home games, with three of the contests against teams ranked in the top five in New England. Tufts (1st), Bowdoin (4th), and Connecticut College (5th) all come to Bill Alfond Field this year.

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