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Date: April 24, 2010
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Whit McCarthy (Darien, Conn.) and the magic of Bill Alfond Field helped the Colby College men's lacrosse team pull off its biggest victory in nearly a decade with a 12-9 win over sixth-ranked and previously unbeaten Connecticut College on Saturday.
McCarthy, who was honored before the game with Colby's other seniors, scored six goals on 12 shots as the Mules moved to 9-5 overall and 4-4 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The Camels fell to 13-1 overall and 7-1 in conference play.
Colby continues to be a force on its home turf, improving to 12-1 at Bill Alfond Field over the past two years. The Mules' lone loss was a final minute 10-9 setback to nationally-ranked Tufts University.
"The seniors are the first thing that comes to mind when I think about this win," Colby head coach Jon Thompson said. "They have turned this program around and they earned this right to have a win against the sixth-ranked team in the country."
McCarthy has 112 goals and 31 assists for 143 career points and leads the Mules this year in scoring with 27 goals and eight assists for 35 points. He was consistent in the win, scoring three goals in each half.
"Whit is a zone buster, he has that range where he can score from 15 yards out," Thompson said. "We talked to him before the game and told him he was ready for a breakout game."
The Mules took an early 4-1 lead on three goals by McCarthy. Colby had the better of play during that period, winning most of the groundballs and face-offs.
"This was the most competitive game I've ever been a part of," Thompson said. "Both teams were competing on such a high level. (Conn College) has earned its record this year and to beat a team that has won so many close games gives us a big boost of confidence."
The Camels battled back in the first half and scored the final four goals of the second quarter to take a 5-4 lead at intermission. The Mules took their time on offense in the third quarter and the move paid off as Colby had three of the four goals in the period to take a 7-6 margin into the final 15 minutes of play.
The Camels fought back once again at the start of the fourth quarter on back-to-back goals by Eric Doran (Pennington, N.J.) and Mike Giambanco (Massapequa, N.Y.) to take an 8-7 lead with 9:21 to play.
The Mules, though, scored three goals in a span of 1:04 to take the lead for good. McCarthy tied the game with 6:09 to play, defensemen Chris Healy (New Canaan, Conn.) tallied with 5:14 left, and then McCarthy scored just nine seconds later when Craig Bunker (Topsfield, Mass.) won a face-off and picked up the assist.
Bunker continued to win face-offs during that time and Mark Squicciarino (Titusville, N.J.) scored with 4:06 to play for an 11-8 lead. With Conn College pulling its goalie out to help out on defense, McCarthy got his final goal with 1:51 to play in an open net for a 12-8 margin.
Greg McKillop (Washington, D.C.) had three assists on three straight Colby goals in the first half when the Mules took the 4-1 lead. Ian Deveau (Portsmouth, R.I.) added one goal and one assist, while Derrik Flahive (Littleton, Colo.), Patrick Briody (Hopewell, N.J.), and Jonathan McIvor (Sudbury, Mass.) all had one goal.
Steve Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) led the Cambels with three goals. Doran finished with two scores.
Both goalies came up big in the game. Colby's Thomas Gianakos (Simsbury, Conn.) had eight of his 12 saves in the second half and Camel goaltender Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) had nine of his 15 stops in the opening half. James Brady (East Walpole, Mass.) had six groundballs to lead Colby, while Mike O'Donnell (Winchester, Mass.) had six for the Camels.
Colby 12, Connecticut College 9
Connecticut College. 1 4 1 3 - 9
Colby............... 1 3 3 5 - 12
Connecticut College SCORING: GOALS: Steve Dachille 3; Eric Doran 2; Mark Mangano 1; Sean Driscoll 1; Mike Giambanco 1; Wade Berry 1.
ASSISTS: John Lyons 1; Will Schumann 1. Colby SCORING: GOALS: Whit McCarthy 6; Mark Squicciarino 1; Ian Deveau 1; Derrik Flahive 1; Patrick Briody 1; Chris Healy 1; Jonathan McIvor 1. ASSISTS: Greg McKillop 3; Craig Bunker 1; Ian Deveau 1; Mark Squicciarino 1; Max Weiss 1.
SHOTS - Connecticut College 29; Colby 35. Penalties - Connecticut College 1/1:00; Colby 2/2:00. MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Connecticut College 0-2; Colby 1-1. FACEOFFS - Connecticut College 12-25; Colby 13-25. GOALIES - Conn: Rob Moccia (60:00 minutes, 15 saves, 12 GA); Colby: Tom Gianakos (60:00, 12 saves, 9 GA).