Colby vs. Eastern Connecticut
March 17, 2002
The Game Story:
NORWALK, Conn. -- Freshman midfielder Eric Seidel scored his second goal of the match three minutes into sudden death overtime to lift the Colby College men?s lacrosse team to an 8-7 win over Eastern Connecticut State University and snap the Warriors?s consecutive regular-season winning streak against New England competition at 28 Sunday at Norwalk High School?s Testa Field

The winning shot was the only one of overtime for Colby (2-0), which had forced overtime when junior attack Barron Butler scored his third goal of the match with just over three minutes left in regulation. The Warriors (3-1) missed the net on two overtime shots before Seidel hooked up with senior attack Bill Spencer to end the match three minutes into overtime. Eastern had also sent a shot wide of the net following a long clear as time expired in regulation.

Ranked fourth in New England, Eastern had not lost to a New England opponent in the regular season in 28 straight matches, since dropping a 7-1 decision at Babson College April 24, 1999. Eastern had beaten Colby each of the past two years. The White Mules are ranked 14th in New England.

Averaging 14 goals through its first three matches this year, Eastern missed its first 11 shots against Colby, finally breaking through for two goals in a minute span in the second period after the White Mules had taken a 3-0 lead. Eastern scored three straight goals -- two from sophomore sophomore midfielder Andy Stockfisch (WILTON) -- in the third period to wipe out a two-goal deficit and take its first lead of the match 5-4 with five minutes left in the period. Colby, however, regained the momentum by scoring twice after timeouts in the final 45 seconds of the third period to take a 6-5 lead into the final period. There were four ties and four lead changes over the final 24 minutes.

Eastern outshot the White Mules 36-22 in the match, including 11-4 in the fourth period. Senior goalie John Shea, who missed most all of last year with injury -- including Eastern?s 16-7 win -- made nine saves for Colby while Eastern junior Mark Hayes (FAIRFIELD) stopped ten. Eastern junior midfielder Marc DiGiovanni (WILTON), the team?s leading scorer, did not score a goal on six shots but contributed a career-high four assists, setting up each of the team?s final three goals.