BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bates College men's lacrosse team closed the game on a 4-1 run to come from behind and defeat Bowdoin, 14-12, on Wednesday evening at Whittier Field.
The Bobcats improve to 8-2 (5-1 NESCAC) while the Polar Bears drop to 5-5 (2-4 NESCAC).
- Bates jumped to an early lead, taking advantage of some transition opportunities to hold a 5-1 lead after just 6:26 of play.
- The Bobcats led 6-2 after the first quarter of play before Bowdoin stormed back with three goals to cut the lead to 6-5 following a Zach Chandler score midway through the frame.
- Bates pushed the lead back to three goals thanks to scores from Rocco Fantoni and Matt Chlastawa and carried a 9-7 lead into intermission.
- Bowdoin outscored Bates 2-1 in the third quarter, closing to within a single goal following a Donal Mullane score, 10-9, entering the fourth frame.
- Bowdoin scored the first two goals of the final period, taking their first lead since 1-0 on a Jake Crossman goal with 13:02 remaining, 11-10.
- Bates took command from there, rolling off a three-goal surge to regain the lead for good. Curtis Knapton gave the Bobcats a 12-11 lead with 9:45 to go and Matt Kelleher put home a key insurance tally at 7:51.
- Bowdoin drew closer on a Brad Ingersoll goal with 4:04 remaining and had several late opportunities to tie the score, but a pair of late turnovers doomed the Polar Bears as Chlastawa put home an empty-netter with 14 ticks remaining to put the game on ice.
By The Numbers
- Bowdoin owned a 51-34 advantage in shots but Bates goaltender Rob Strain stopped 16 shots to help lead his team to the road victory.
- Matt Chlastawa keyed the Bates attack, scoring four goals and three assists.
- Jake Crossman had three goals and an assist for Bowdoin while goaltender Michael Covell made nine saves.
- Bowdoin went 2-4 with the extra man while Bates went 0-1 on the night.
- The Bobcats held a slight 15-13 edge in face-offs.
- Bowdoin returns to action on Saturday when they face Southern Virginia at Boston University at 4:00 p.m.
- Bates heads to New London to face Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.