BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bates College men's lacrosse team rallied from a three-goal deficit with under nine minutes to play to defeat Bowdoin 13-12 on a Kyle Weber goal with 18 seconds remaining on Wednesday evening at Ryan Field.
The Bobcats remain unbeaten and improve to 9-0 (6-0 NESCAC). The Polar Bears see their six-game winning streak come to a close and fall to 6-3 (4-2 NESCAC).
- The game was heavyweight battle throughout as neither squad could take control of the contest in the opening half.
- Bowdoin owned a 3-2 lead after one quarter thanks to a pair of Jimmy Young goals but Bates battled back in the second period, sparked by two Charlie Fay scores to carry a slim 6-5 advantage into the break.
- Bowdoin opened the third quarter on a 5-1 run to take the biggest lead of the game, 10-7, as Sam Carlin keyed a surge that included tallies from Daniel O'Berry and Tim Bulens in a span of 2:50.
- Bates was clawed back into the contest thanks to a pair of late goals from Andrew Small and Andrew Melvin to trim the lead to 10-9 after three quarters.
- Bowdoin scored twice in the opening two minutes of the final quarter, getting goals from Matthew Crowell and Brett Kujala to match their biggest lead, 12-9, with 13:25 to go. However, the Bobcats held Bowdoin scoreless for the remainder of the contest which spurred the game-winning rally.
- The Polar Bears carried the three-goal lead under nine minutes to play but Fay scored an unassisted goal at 8:20, and assisted on a Matt Chlastawa at 6:44 to cut the lead to 12-11.
- The Bobcats took advantage of a Bowdoin penalty with under three minutes to play and scored a man-up goal from Kyle Weber at 2:34 to deadlock the contest.
- Bowdoin's Sam Carlin won the ensuing faceoff, but Mitchell Drake made a key save in goal for Bates with 1:49 to go.
- The Bobcats controlled with under a minute to play and cycled the ball from Andrew Melvin to Weber, who unleashed a high shot to the top-left corner with 18 ticks remaining.
- Bowdoin won the final face-off, but too little time remained to get off a quality chance as the Bobcats clung to the victory.
By The Numbers
- Fay had four goals and an assist while Chlastawa had three goals and two assists to lead the Bobcats
- Bowdoin was paced by a two-goal, two-assist effort from Shawn Daly while Matthew Crowell and Tim Bulens had two goals and one assist each. Daniel Buckman led all players with four assists.
- Peter Mumford stopped 12 shots and had two caused turnovers for Bowdoin.
- Mitchell Drake stopped 11 shots while Charlie Gravina had a pair of caused turnovers for Bates.
- Bowdoin's Sam Carlin was the top face-off specialist of the night, winning 16 of 28 attempts.
- Shots were dead even at 40-40. Bates went 2-3 with the man-up while Bowdoin went 1-2.
- Bowdoin will host Connecticut College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
- Bates hosts Middlebury on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.