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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 2, 2010
BRUNSWICK, Maine --- 19.9 seconds.
The Colby College men's lacrosse team was 19.9 seconds away from a trip to the New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinals before Bowdoin College scored two goals during that time to tie the game and then tallied in overtime for a 12-11 victory over the Mules in a league quarterfinal game Sunday.
Colby (10-6) appeared to have the game in hand with under a minute to play after 59 minutes of tightly-played lacrosse. The squads had been tied at the end of each quarter (2-2, 5-5, 8-8) before a late three-goal run by Colby had brought them back from a one-goal deficit with under five minutes to go. Whit McCarthy capped the surge with a man-up goal to give Colby an 11-9 lead with just 41 seconds remaining in regulation.
But Bowdoin's Brendan Hughes won the ensuing face-off and the Polar Bears (9-6) got the ball to Kit Smith, who unleashed a shot from 10 yards out with 19.9 seconds remaining. A scramble on the next face-off resulted in Bowdoin getting the ball back and calling a time out with 11 seconds to play. The ball came to Russ Halliday, who drove down the left side and ripped a shot from a tough angle that tucked into the bottom corner of the cage with just 5.8 seconds left to force overtime.
Colby won the face-off in overtime and was able to roll off three shots- two off-target and the last of which was stopped by Bowdoin's Christopher Williamson. The Polar Bears rushed downfield, where Smith drew the defense at the top of the circle and fed Ben Chadwick to his left. Chadwick rifled a low shot that skipped through traffic and past Colby's Tom Gianakos for the game-winner.
McCarthy led Colby with three goals and two assists, while Mark Squicciarino had three goals as well for the visitors. McCarthy went over 150 career points (118 goals, 34 assists) in the game and added to his season-best lead in scoring with 33 goals and 11 assists for 44 points. McCarthy is second all-time at Colby in career goals.
Gianakos stopped nine shots in the loss for Colby while Williamson collected 11 saves in net for the Polar Bears. Colby senior James Brady led the defense with seven groundballs and has 181 for his career. Meanwhile, Craig Bunker was 16-for-27 in face-offs and had five groundballs in the game. Bunker, a junior, has 289 career groundballs and 484 won face-offs.
Bowdoin 12, Colby 11, OT
Colby............... 2 3 3 3 0 - 11
Bowdoin............. 2 3 3 3 1 - 12
Colby SCORING: GOALS: Whit McCarthy 3; Mark Squicciarino 3; Derrik Flahive 2; Ian Deveau 1; Scott Margolis 1; Stew Brown 1.
ASSISTS: Whit McCarthy 2; Derrik Flahive 1. Bowdoin SCORING: GOALS: Owen Smith 4; Ben Chadwick 2; Adam Tracy 2;
Russell Halliday 1; Billy Bergner 1; Nathan Fritts 1; George Negroponte 1. ASSISTS: Ben Chadwick 3; Steve Thomas 2; Russell Halliday 1; Owen
SHOTS - Colby 39; Bowdoin 35. Penalties - Colby 3/3:00; Bowdoin 3/2:30. MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Colby 2-3; Bowdoin 1-3. FACEOFFS - Colby 16-27; Bowdoin 11-27. CLEARS - Colby 16-21; Bowdoin 17-21. GOALIES - Colby: Tom Gianakos (61:34 minutes, 9 saves, 12
GA); Bowdoin: Chris Williamson (61:34, 11, 11).