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Connecticut College 11, Bates College 8 Camels Notch Ninth Win of Season In Lewiston

Connecticut College 11, Bates College 8  Camels Notch Ninth Win of Season In Lewiston
LEWISTON, Maine --(Bates College) Connecticut College outscored the Bates College men's lacrosse team 8-0 over a stretch of more than 28 minutes, erasing an early 3-1 Bates lead en route to an 11-8 NESCAC victory Saturday afternoon at Garcelon Field.

Bates (4-8, 1-8 NESCAC) fell out of postseason contention with the loss and will finish the 2014 season at rival Colby on Wednesday at 4pm.

Connecticut College (9-5, 5-4 NESCAC) moved into a tie with Williams for sixth place in the conference, and will finish the regular season at Wesleyan on Wednesday at 4:30pm.

Tyler Hegarty scored four goals to lead the Camels. Briggs Barton scored three times and added an assist, while Derek Bertolini handed out three assists in addition to two goals.

JR Hartgers contributed a goal and two more assists.

Goalkeeper Bobby Bleistein may have been the Camels' top performer of the day, making 15 saves and collecting three ground balls.

Faceoff man John Hazard would also lay a valid claim to that title, after winning 13 of 20 faceoffs and scooping 11 ground balls.

Bates took one more shot than Connecticut COllege, 34-33, and put five more shots on goal than the Camels, 23-18. 

Jack Allard led Bates with three goals and two assists, while Will Gilkeson added a season-high two scores with one assist.

Bates senior Charlie Kazarian started in goal and made five saves in 45 minutes. Joe Faria manned the pipes in the third quarter and made two saves.

Colin Lyne was one of six seniors in Bates' starting lineup, in their final home game, and Lyne netted his first career goal to get the Bobcats first on the scoreboard just 17 seconds into the game, as Allard found him open in a soft spot in front of CC's goal.

The Camels joined Bates on the board with an unassisted tally by Bertolini, but Allard answered with back-to-back goals at 10:15, on defender Ken O'Friel's third assist of the season, and at 6:57 on Gilkeson's assist.

A Bates turnover led to Barton's first goal, assisted by Thomas Woessner, closing the gap to 3-2. Barton struck again less than two minutes later with a helper from Bertolini, tying the game at 3-3. Hazard controlled the next faceoff, and the Camels grabbed their first lead soon after, with 2:55 left in the first, on a connection from Hartgers to Bertolini.

Connecticut College was assessed a three-minute, non-releasable penalty for an illegal crosse after the goal, giving Bates a big opportunity. But the Bobcats turned the ball over before they could attempt a shot, and James Messina collected the ground ball for the Camels, who were able to keep the ball for the remainder of Bates' power play, which ended at the start of the second quarter.

Bates was held scoreless in the second quarter while Connecticut College added three goals to its lead to take control of the game. Bleistein made four saves in the period while Connecticut College outshot Bates 9-5. Hegarty scored his first two goals of the game at the 12:14 and 8:09 marks for a 6-3 lead, and with 1:09 left in the half Barton made it 7-3. Bates finished a frustrating half by commiting a turnover with 15 seconds to go.

The Camels continued their run into the second half. Hartgers fed Hegarty to make it 8-3 with 13:01 to go, and Hartgers struck again with a brilliant individual move that set up an uncontested shot on Faria's doorstep, opening up a 9-3 lead for Connecticut College.

Bates broke its scoring drought with the game's only man-up goal, as Conor Henrie fed Andrew Melvin with 7:43 left. Gilkeson then gave Bates a flicker of hope with an unassisted tally 64 seconds later, closing the gap to 9-5.

In the final seconds of the third quarter, Bates seemed to have the Camels well defended, but the tall Barton somehow found Hegarty open over the middle, and the Hegarty tallied his fourth and final goal with 0.3 seconds left in the period. The Camels then regained their six-goal edge with 13:35 to go in the game, a Kevin Dachille goal assisted by Bertolini.

Bates again tried to charge back into contention, reeling off three unanswered goals at the 11:06 (Gilkeson from Allard), 9:52 (Kyle Weber unassisted) and 7:15 (Allard from Charlie Fay) points of the fourth quarter, again closing within three goals. Hazard won the next faceoff, however, and Connecticut College maintained possession for nearly five straight minutes, only giving the ball back to the Bobcats when Kazarian made the save on a Dachille shot with 2:25 left in the game.

Bleistein made saves on shots by Weber and Strain before the Camels walked off the field with their fifth NESCAC win of the year.

Bertolini has accounted for 18 goals and 38 assists to lead the club with 56 points...Hegarty has netted a team-best 32 goals for the Camels while junior Briggs Barton has tattered the twine with 25 goals scored...John Hazard has corralled 64 ground balls while winning 156-of-262 battles at the X...James Messina has contributed with 27 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers to lead the Camel defensive corps...Bleistein's return has been huge for the Camels as the sophomore All-America selection has posted a 6.93 Goals Against Average to go with an impressive .651 save percentage.