Eriksen provides highlights for Panthers
WATERVILLE, Maine – John Jennings (Danvers, Mass.), Ian Deveau (Portsmouth, R.I.), and Mark Squicciarino (Titusville, N.J.) all had five points on the day as the Colby College men’s lacrosse team moved to 2-0 on the young season with a 13-3 non-conference win over Plymouth State University Thursday at Bill Alfond Field.
Jennings finished with four goals and one assist, while Deveau and Squicciarino both had two goals and three assists. Deveau leads the team in scoring after two games with three goals and six assists for nine points. Squicciarino has four goals and four assists, while Jennings has a team-best six goals and one assist.
Craig Bunker (Topsfield, Mass.) and Bjorn Knutson (Bloomington, Minn.) dominated the face-off chances to give Colby numerous possessions. Bunker, who was third in the country in face-off percentage last year, was 12-for-14 and finished with a game-high 11 groundballs. Knutson won all four of his chances and added three groundballs.
With the Mules up 2-1, Greg McKillop (Washington, D.C.) scored with 27 seconds left in the first period for a 3-1 edge at the break. Plymouth State, though, made it 3-2 when Andrew Eriksen (Beverly, Mass.) tallied 1:52 into the second quarter. Colby scored six straight goals --- three of them by Jennings --- to pull away for a 9-2 halftime lead. Eriksen scored again to start the third quarter, but Colby kept the Panthers off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
McKillop added two goals and one assist for Colby. The Mules also received goals from Scott Margolis (New York, N.Y.), Keith Fairbrother (Madison, N.J.), and the first collegiate goal by James Wyse (Newton, Mass.). John Moriarty (Winchester, Mass) dished a pair of assists.
Freshman Zach Frank (Wakefield, Mass.) had the other goal for Plymouth State. Paul McInerney (Scituate, Mass.) led Plymouth State with five groundballs and Devon Smith (Plattekill, N.Y.) won three.
Peter Reiley (Marblehead, Mass.) played the first three quarters in goal for the Mules and made three stops. Patrick Gilligan (Edina, Minn.) and Tyler Cash (Middleton, Mass.) combined for four saves in the fourth quarter for the Mules.
Colby heads into its spring break trip with a huge test at top-ranked and defending national champion Tufts University on Saturday at 1 p.m. Meanwhile, Plymouth State (1-1) heads to Castleton State for a 1 p.m. game Saturday.
(Courtesy of Colby Sports Information)
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