Amherst vs. Colby
March 30, 2002
The Game Story:
AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College men's lacrosse team was edged in their NESCAC opener by visiting Colby College, 11-9, Saturday afternoon at Hitchcock Field. Junior attackman Chris Condlin (Baltimore, MD) and first-year midfielder Colby Griffith (Lexington, MA) paced the Jeffs offensively, each tallying a pair of goals and an assist. Senior attackman Bill Spencer (Sudbury, MA) led the way for the visitors, notching two goals and four assists, while teammate junior Barron Butler (Marblehead, MA) tallied the game-winning goal and also tacked on three assists.

Colby jumped out to an early lead when senior midfielder Blake Grosch (Summit, NJ) took a feed from Spencer and buried a shot into the bottom of the net. Shortly thereafter, Spencer connected again, this time hitting first-year midfielder Matt Roland (Somers, CT) with a cross-field pass to put the visitors ahead, 2-0. Amherst then countered with a trio of goals. Griffith scored his first goal of the game when he dove toward the crease and whipped a shot past Colby senior goaltender John Shea (Mountain Lakes, NJ). Moments later, junior middies Matt Margolis (Short Hills, NJ) and Tucker Sowers (Ridgewood, NJ) added goals with less than four minutes remaining. White Mule senior Ryan Kane (Cape Elizabeth, MN) then tallied a goal to even the score at 3-3 to end the opening quarter.

The Jeffs racked up a pair of goals in the second stanza. Griffith fired a shot through Shea's legs for his second strike of the day. Then sophomore Mike Allison (W. Nyack, NY) juked a defender and hit the top right corner of the net to give the hosts a 5-3 lead heading into halftime. Colby players Chris Larson (Darien, CT), Josh Cleaver (Kennett Square, PA) and Spencer each tallied goals to even the score at 7-7 to end the third quarter. Things looked good for the Jeffs as they jumped out to an early fourth quarter lead with a pair of goals by Condlin and Margolis, but Colby retaliated with the game's final four strikes. Butler scored the game-winner, backing his way into a Jeff defender and bouncing a shot past Cushing Donelan (Noroton, CT) from 10 yards out with 1:27 left on the clock. Amherst gained possession on the ensuing face-off and Allison fired a shot that deflected off Shea's arm and rolled along the goal line before being swept away by a Colby defender. First-year Eric Seidel (Durham, NH) iced the game seconds later, skipping a shot past Donelan.

With the loss, Amherst falls to 3-2/0-1 while Colby moves to 3-1/1-0. The Jeffs return to action Thursday at Union College at 7 p.m.