LEWISTON, Maine – The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team dropped a pivotal NESCAC matchup to Bates by an 11-10 score in overtime on Saturday afternoon at Garcelon Field.
The Camels led 5-2 at the end of the first quarter and were ahead by a 10-8 score with under five minutes remaining in regulation after junior PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) found sophomore Maxx Trotsky (Marblehead, Mass.) with 5:38 on the clock for some breathing room. Matt Chlatstawa, however, connected with Clarke Jones at 2:58 and 1:43 to force overtime with the teams deadlocked at 10 goals apiece.
Even though the Camels dominated the faceoff game through regulation, Bates' Eli Cooper won the most important one to start the extra period which would prove to be a deciding factor. The Bobcats then scored on the first shot of the opening period, as Andrew Small caught a 30-yard Chlastawa cross pass and rifled the ball past Camel goalie Jameson Hill (Wilton, Conn.) to give his team the sudden victory.
After falling behind by a 2-1 score, Connecticut College (8-3, NESCAC 4-3) came out firing and rattled off four unanswered goals in less than four minutes before the end of the opening quarter. Trotsky factored into two of them by finding sophomore Winston Palmeri (Denver, Colo.) and finding the back of the net himself just 14 seconds apart to move the Camels ahead.
The visitors never trailed in the second and third quarters and built up an 8-5 cushion when senior Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) scored off his own faceoff win with 10:40 left in the third. After Bates tied the match for a second time at 8-8 on a man-up goal early in the fourth, the Camels once again had answers by scoring the next two. But despite not having the lead since the waning minutes of the first quarter, Bates answered with three straight goals to complete a rally and earn a pivotal win.
Chlastawa, who leads the conference in scoring, finished the game with one goal, a career-high seven helpers and four ground balls to lead the way for Bates (7-5, NESCAC 3-4). Jones netted five goals and picked up three ground balls, while netminder Rob Strain made seven saves.
Trotsky paced Connecticut College with five points on four goals and an assist. Parens won 18-of-25 faceoffs and scooped up a game-high 12 ground balls, and Hill turned away eight Bobcat shots in the setback.
Connecticut College will look to remain in the NESCAC playoff race when it hosts No. 7 Amherst on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.