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Men’s Lacrosse Falls to No. 12 Bates at Silfen Field

HP Wackerman

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team dropped a NESCAC match to No. 12 Bates by a 15-10 score on Saturday afternoon at Silfen Field.

Bates (9-2, NESCAC 6-1) led from start to finish and opened the scoring by capitalizing on its first man-up opportunity. The Camels kept it close and only trailed 2-1 in the early stages, but the Bobcats went on a 5-0 run between the first and second quarters to break loose. Matt Chlastawa, who netted the first goal of the game, found Matt Kelleher on another man-up chance to cap the run which gave the visitors a 7-1 lead with 10:23 left in the second.

Even though Bates carried a 9-3 lead into halftime, the Camels did not go down without a fight and scored the first three goals of the third quarter to slice the lead in half. Junior Jack Rutter (Madison, N.J.) scored twice and set up classmate Brandon Plante (Urbana, Md.) for another marker during the hot stretch which lasted 6:05. The Bobcats, however, responded with another three unanswered and regained a six-goal advantage at 12-6 with 2:30 left in the third. Despite making another attempt to rally, Connecticut College would come no closer than four the rest of the way and eventually settled for the five-goal defeat.

Brendan Mullally scored four goals and Chlastawa contributed two goals along with six assists to lead the way for Bates, which outshot the Camels by a 54-41 margin. Rocco Fantoni paced the defense with four ground balls and three caused turnovers, while netminder Rob Strain remained unbeaten in the cage by turning away 11 shots.

Rutter continued to pace the offense for the Camels, who won 15 faceoffs and had a slight 28-25 advantage in the ground game. He netted a game-high five goals and tallied an assist. Junior Sean Smith (Pasadena, Calif.) and Plante finished with one goal and one assist apiece, and classmate Colin Smith (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) made 14 saves between the posts.

Connecticut College (3-8, NESCAC 0-7) will next travel to face nationally-ranked Amherst on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.