WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates men's lacrosse team had leads of 5-2 and 9-6 in a game of scoring runs, but Colby received big games from Austin Sayre and Tyler Will in a 12-9 win over the Bobcats in their season finale on Wednesday at Bill Alfond Field.
Wednesday's contest marked the first annual Flahive-McDuffee Memorial Game in honor of Derrik Flahive (Colby) and Morgan McDuffee (Bates). Flahive died in a drowning accident in 2011; McDuffee was killed while breaking up a fight in Lewiston in 2002. Colby head coach Jack Sandler '02 played with McDuffee at Bates, under current Bobcat head coach Peter Lasagna.
Colby moved to 7-7 overall and finished 4-6 in NESCAC play heading into Saturday's league quarterfinal game at top-seeded Tufts. The Mules had already secured the eighth seed in the playoffs before the game with Bates.
Sayre finished with six goals and one assist while sparking Colby's comeback from a 9-6 deficit. Will stopped 19 shots on the other end of the field.
Sophomore Jack Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored three goals to lead Bates (4-9 overall, 1-9 NESCAC). Allard finishes the season with 34 goals and 15 assists, the most goals and points by a Bobcat since the 2000 season, when Sandler scored 54 goals as a Bates sophomore.
The Bobcats trailed 6-5 at halftime after the Mules scored four straight goals to end the half.
Bates took over the game in the first 12 minutes of the third quarter. The Bobcats received four straight unassisted goals from Allard, first-year Jake Walsh (Baltimore, Md.), Allard with another goal, and junior Jack Strain (Montclair, N.J.) with the final tally with 2:44 remaining in the quarter.
Colby, though, embarked on a 6-0 scoring run to end the game with three goals in a span of 42 seconds. Sayre scored on a long shot with 1:37 to play and then scored again after the Mules' Austin Frank won the face-off. Sayre took a pass from Buddy Reed for the goal with 1:20 remaining. Colby tied it at 9-9 just 25 seconds later when Mark Philipps scored off a pass from defender Kenny Jacobson.
Derek Youngman, who had three goals on the day, scored the game-winner with 12:45 remaining in the fourth quarter from Brendan McNeill.
The Mules went up 11-9 when Sayre turned after trying to make a rush on the right side and found Garen Fabian open outside. Fabrian immediately ripped a long shot for a big insurance goal. Sayre closed out the scoring with 3:15 to play on another long shot.
Bates had good starts to each half. The Bobcats were 3-0 after the first quarter on a man-up goal by Allard, assisted by junior Conor Henrie (Lexington, Mass.), an unassisted goal from sophomore defender Ken O'Friel (Scarsdale, N.Y.) with 5:59 left, and a score by sophomore Wes Shrewsbury (Boxford, Mass.) from junior Tucker White (Burlington, Vt.) with 1:33 to go.
The teams traded goals before Colby went on the late 4-0 scoring run to end the half. Youngman put the Mules on the scoreboard with 13:42 to halftime, but Bates again went up by three when junior Evan Chen (Katonah, N.Y.) scored on a rush up the field.
Reed cut the margin to 4-2 with 7:54 remaining, only to have the Bobcats go up 5-2 with a man-up goal from first-year Kyle Weber (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) off a pass from sophomore Charlie Hildebrand (Berwyn, Pa.).
In the final 4:22 of the half, Sayre scored three straight goals to tie the game -- the first off a pass from McNeill, the second from Phil Champoux, and the third on an unassisted goal with 2:09 left. Youngman put the Mules up at halftime with just 12.7 seconds left from John Grimaldi.
Colby's other individual key effort came from face-off man Austin Frank, who was 16-for-20 in face-offs and scooped seven ground balls.
O'Friel and first-year Fred Ulbrick (Fairfield, Conn.) both had two caused turnovers and three ground balls for Bates. Allard had a team-best four ground balls.
Will made 14 of his 19 saves in the second half, with seven saves in each quarter. Bates sophomore goalie Joe Faria (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) also played well and made 11 stops.