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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: March 28, 2009
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. --- Craig Bunker went over 100 won face-offs this season for the Colby College men’s lacrosse team, but 11th-ranked Middlebury College used a 6-0 scoring run at the end of the second quarter and into the third quarter on the way to a 15-10 victory in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday.
Colby falls to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference, while Middlebury moves to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the league. Colby went 1-2 on its three-game road trip over spring break, but the Mules did beat fifth-ranked Endicott College and lost a one-goal game at Stevens Tech.
Bunker, who started the week ranked 10th nationally in groundballs and 13th in face-off percentage, won 16 of his 27 face-off attempts to reach 101 for the season. He is winning 66 percent of his face-offs. Bunker also had 10 groundballs to reach 72 for the season.
Whit McCarthy led the Mules with three goals and one assist. He has 24 goals and nine assists this season for a team-best 33 points. Caddy Brooks, who had two goals, one assist, and 10 groundballs Saturday, is two points shy of reaching 150 for his career. Jon McIvor finished with one goal and two assists, while Patrick Briody had two goals. Bunker and defender James Brady each had one goal for Colby.
Skyler Hopkins paced Middlebury with four goals and teammate Mike Stone had three goals and two assists.
Colby never led in the game, but the contest was tied four times. The Mules trailed 7-5 when McCarthy tallied with 3:53 to halftime and Briody scored with 2:46 remaining to tie the game at seven. Middlebury, though, scored two goals in the final 1:38 of the second quarter to take the lead at intermission and then scored four unanswered goals to begin the third quarter to take a 13-7 lead with 7:21 left in the third.
The Mules received goals from Brooks and Bunker just nine seconds apart to cut the margin to 13-9 after three quarters. Brooks scored unassisted with 3:20 to go and Bunker tallied off an assist from McCarthy with 3:11 to play.
Brooks got another unassisted goal with 11:03 left in the game to make it interesting at 13-10. Middlebury stopped the 3-0 scoring run with two goals with 6:49 and 5:45 to play.
Peter Britt stopped 12 shots for Middlebury and Alex Farmer made 12 saves for Colby.
The Mules will continue to play a tough schedule with a 1 p.m. game at 12th-ranked Wesleyan University next Saturday.
Middlebury 15, Colby 10
Colby SCORING: GOALS: Whit McCarthy 3; Caddy Brooks 2; Patrick Briody 2; Jon McIvor 1; Craig Bunker 1; James Brady 1. ASSISTS: Jon McIvor 2; Caddy Brooks 1; Whit McCarthy 1. Middlebury SCORING: GOALS: Skyler Hopkins 4; Mike Stone 3; Tom Petty 3; Matt
Ferrer 3; David Hild 1; Tim Cahill 1. ASSISTS: Pete Smith 3; Mike Stone 2; Chris Teves 1; Matt Virtue 1.
Shots: Colby 32, Middlebury 38. Goalies: Alex Farmer (Colby, 58:31, 15 GA, 12 saves) and Tom Gianakos (Colby, 1:29, 0 GA, 0 saves); Peter Britt (Middlebury, 60:00, 10 GA, 12 saves).