Score: Bates 15, Wesleyan 14
Records: Wesleyan (0-1, 0-1 NESCAC); No. 15 Bates (3-0, 1-0 NESCAC)
Location: Lewiston, Maine
Date: Sunday, March 5
Time: 1 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University men's lacrosse team scored three straight goals in the final 2:14 of play, but the late rally wasn't enough as the No. 15 Bates College Bobcats held on to win, 15-14. Sunday's game was the 2017 season-opener for Wesleyan, and third game this season for Bates.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Cardinals jumped out to a 3-0 lead within the first six minutes of action behind goals from Taylor Ghesquiere '18, Collin Hitter '19 and Harry Stanton '18, respectively.
- Bates, however, responded with four consecutive goals to take a lead with 4:44 to play in the first quarter. Andrew Melvin scored twice during the run.
- With 3:57 on the clock, Carter Hawthorne '19 evened the score at 4-4 off an assist from Christian Barker '19 to tie the game after one.
- In the second quarter, Bates scored four of the first five goals to go ahead, 8-5 with 6:17 to play before the break. Charlie Fay was involved in three of the four scores.
- The Cardinals rallied in the closing minutes. After back-to-back goals from Barker and Cole Turpin '18, Tom Dupont '17 found the back of the net with :32 remaining to tie the game at 8-8 at halftime.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Bobcats went on a run in the third and outscored Wesleyan, 5-1. They scored three straight in just over two minutes of play to close out the quarter.
- Trailing 13-9 entering the fourth, Wesleyan exchanged goals with Bates for much of the quarter to remain down by four.
- With 2:14 left on the clock, the Cardinals went on a run. After a score by Ghesquiere, Hawthorne added two more with :54 and :32 on the clock. However, Wesleyan's late attempt fell short.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Hawthorne led the Cardinals with six points (4G, 2A), while Stanton recorded four (2G, 2G). Ghesquiere added three goals and Turpin scored twice. Defensively, Andres Rodriguez '18 and Quinn Mendelson '17 registered three caused turnovers each and Hitter led the team with five ground balls.
- Fay and Melvin each scored four times for the Bobcats, while Fay added an assist to lead the team with five points. Matt Chlastawa tallied a team-high four ground balls.
- In net, Ted Bergman '17 made 14 stops in 60 minutes of action, while Rob Strain and Mitchell Drake for Bates recorded two and seven saves, respectively. Drake started the game, while Strain replaced him in the second half.
- Both teams recorded 40 shots, while Wesleyan held an edge in faceoffs won (16-14) and ground balls (41-32).
- The Cardinals are back in action Wednesday, March 8 and will host their 2017 home-opener against non-conference foe Roger Williams. The game is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.
- The Bobcats return to the field Saturday, March 11 and will host Amherst at 1 p.m.