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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 15, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The first lacrosse game ever at the new Harold Alfond Stadium will be one the Colby College men’s lacrosse team never forgets after a thrilling 9-8 overtime victory over 20th-ranked Bowdoin College in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Wednesday night.
Colby defender Chris Healy, after goalie Alex Farmer had just made a save for the Mules, raced up the middle of the field and fired a shot in the back of the net just 1:11 into overtime to give the Mules the victory.
The game was the first lacrosse contest in the $6 million facility that opened in September. The Mules normally play their games on Bill Alfond Field, but decided to play two regular season games at Harold Alfond Stadium. Colby is 6-0 at home this season.
Colby improves to 7-5 overall and 3-4 in the NESCAC, while Bowdoin falls to 7-5 overall and 4-3 in league play.
The Polar Bears trailed 7-5 after three quarters, but took command in the final quarter with three straight goals. Russell Halliday had the first goal and Rob Halliday added the next two, with the lead goal at 8-7 coming with just three minutes left in the game.
Colby did not give up and Stew Brown scored the biggest goal of his collegiate career with 1:58 remaining to tie the game at 8-8 on a long blast.
Alex Farmer was a huge difference for the Mules in goal with 13 saves, including the save that led to Healy’s big goal. Bowdoin keeper Jake McCampbell stopped six shots.
The game was tied 2-2 after a quarter, but the Mules outscored Bowdoin by a 3-1 margin in the second quarter for a 5-3 halftime lead. Whit McCarthy scored with just 1.7 seconds left in the second quarter to give the Mules some momentum.
After Bowdoin got two goals to tie the game in the opening five minutes of the third quarter, Colby came right back with two scores of its own for a 7-5 lead after three periods.
McCarthy and Brown each had two goals for Colby. Caddy Brooks finished with one goal and one assist.
The Hallidays each had two goals for Bowdoin, while Adam Tracy and Owen Smith both had one goal and one assist.
Colby’s Craig Bunker had 10 groundballs and won 11 face-offs, including a 4-for-5 effort in the fourth quarter.
Colby 9, Bowdoin 8, OT
Goals-Assists: Bowdoin: Russell Halliday 2-0, Rob Halliday 2-0, Adam Tracy 1-1, Owen Smith 1-1, Justin Starr 1-0, Cullen Winkler 1-0, Ben Chadwick 0-1, Harry Ashforth 0-1. Colby: Whit McCarthy 2-0, Stew Brown 2-0, Caddy Brooks 1-1, Chris Healy 1-0, John Moriarty 1-0, Scott Margolis 1-0, Patrick Briody 1-0, Todd Boertzel 0-1, Max Weiss 0-1.
Shots: Bowdoin 32, Colby 26. Goalies: Jake McCampbell (Bowdoin, 61:11, 9 GA, 6 saves); Alex Farmer (Colby, 61:11, 8 GA, 13 saves).