NEW LONDON, Conn.—Senior midfielder Charlie Fay (Falmouth, Maine) scored five goals and assisted on a sixth marker to lead the second ranked Bates College men's lacrosse team in a nail-biting 16-14 victory at Connecticut College today.
The Bobcats improved their record to 12-0 and are a perfect 9-0 in conference play. The Camels evened their record at 7-7 and are 3-6 in NESCAC action.
Junior Clarke Jones (Pepper Pike, Ohio) chipped in with four goals and two assists for the winning side. Matt Chlastawa (Westfield, Mass.) finished with three goals and three assists for the Bobcats.
Connecticut College senior Ross Thompson (pictured, Mahopac, N.Y.) scored three goals and assisted on two others to lead the Camels on offense. Thompson has accounted for 56 goals and 50 assists for a career total of 106 points. Sophomore Sean Smith (Pasadena, Calif.) contributed with three goals and an assist for the Camels.
Sophomore PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) added a goal and five assists for the hosts. Junior All-American Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) won 20-of-33 battles at the X to go with a game-best seven ground balls.
Bates College sophomore net-minder Mitchell Drake (Annapolis, Md.) had four saves in the first half of action. Freshman Rob Strain (Montclair, N.J.) made two saves in the second half for the visitors.
Connecticut College junior goaltender Hunter Rosenthall (Chatham, Mass.) made seven saves in the first three quarters of action in the cage. Sophomore Jameson Hill (Wilton, Mass.) made three saves in the final 15 minutes of regulation for the hosts.
Connecticut College honored seniors Maximilian King (Andover, Mass.), Kevin Schirmacher (Massapequa, N.Y.), Timothy Covel (Cheshire, Conn.), Alex Calabro (Newton, Mass.), Jake Bank (Scarsdale, N.Y.), Mack Dowling (Darien, Conn.), Thompson and John Cunningham (Cheshire, Conn.) in a pre-game ceremony in front of 503 fans on Freeman Field at Tempel Green.
The Camels built a 4-2 lead after one quarter of action. In the second, the Camels found some breathing room in the second quarter when Thompson and Schirmacher tallied just 58 seconds apart to catapult the hosts out to an 8-4 advantage with 4:38 to go in the half. But Fay ended the half with back-to-back goals to pull the visitors to within 8-6 at the break.
Connecticut College led 10-7 when Thompson assisted Smith for a goal 3:04 into the third quarter. However, Bates scored six of the next seven goals to take the lead for good. Senior Jake Walsh (Baltimore, Md.) capped the run when he buried one for the Bobcats from the right side of the box with 14:21 remaining in regulation, extending the Bobcat advantage to 13-11.
With 12:54 to play, the Camels got one back to make it a one goal game again. Kelleher corralled a ground ball out in front of the goal and assisted Thompson for a score to make it a 13-12 game.
With 8:50 remaining, Hill made a terrific save on Fay's blast from the top of the box. However, with 8:31 to go, Chlastawa assisted Fay on his fifth goal of the day to push the visitors lead back to 14-12. The Camels continued to battle back and were within one when Kelleher assisted Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) for a goal with 3:09 remaining to make it a 15-14 game. The Bobcats responded though and with 2:09 to play Chlastawa added an insurance goal with Jones assisting.
Bates was able to hang on for the 16-14 win. Connecticut College carried a 45-32 advantage in shots. The Camels held a 23-20 edge in ground balls.
Bates has secured home field advantage for the upcoming 2017 NESCAC Championship. They will close out the regular season Wednesday with a 4:30 p.m. game against intrastate rival Colby College.
The Camels will host Wesleyan University for a 4:30 p.m. game Wednesday here in the Whaling City.