Waterville, Maine - The visiting Trinity College Bantams dropped their men's lacrosse season opener, 14-4, against the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) rival Colby College Mules this afternoon. Junior attackman Matthew Hauck (Ridgewood, N.J.) played a part in three of Trinity's four goals with two goals and one assist, while senior attackman Chase Growney (Berwyn, Pa.) and sophomore attackman Michael Lofrese (Stewart Manor, N.Y.) also tallied. First-year attacker Austin Sayre (Summit, N.J.) enjoyed an impressive collegiate debut with six goals and two assists, while junior attacker Derek Youngman (Cohasset, Mass.) notched five goals and two assists. John Grimaldi (Manchester, Mass.) added two goals and defender Peter Willauer (Duxbury, Mass.) had the other score for the Mules.
Colby started the scoring quickly in a game with 84 total shots. Youngman scored off a feed from Buddy Reed just 34 seconds into play. Trinity settled down and took a 2-1 lead over the next 10 minutes. Growney tied it at 1-1 with 10:21 left in the first quarter from Hauck. The Bantams then took their only lead of the game when Hauck scored unassisted with 5:11 remaining. Sayre scored three unassisted goals over the next six minutes and the Mules led, 4-2. With the game still tight over the next 10 minutes, Youngman scored his second goal of the game with 3:55 left until halftime for a 5-2 lead at the break.
Willauer made it 6-2 just 11 seconds into the second half. First-year Austin Frank (Wellesley, Mass.) won the face-off and got the ball to Willauer for the score. Frank was 5-for-6 in face-off attempts and had four ground balls. Willauer's goal was the first of five straight in the third quarter for the Mules. Lofrese answered for Trinity with 2:34 to go in the third quarter, but Sayre scored his fifth goal of the game with 10:33 left in the fourth quarter to bring the margin back up to eight goals. After a score by Hauck with 8:09 to play, Colby scored twice more to account for a 14-4 final tally.
First-year defenseman J.R. Mastro (Bedford Hills, N.Y.) led Trinity with four ground balls, while senior tri-captain William Naughton (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) had three ground balls. Willauer also had four ground balls and two caused turnovers for Colby. Juniors Mickey Zaverucha (Duxbury, Mass.) and Riley Cahill (South Glastonbury, Conn.) combined for 14 Bantam saves, and Tyler Will had 12 stops for the Mules.