LEWISTON, Maine – The top-ranked Wesleyan men's lacrosse team rallied in the closing minutes but came up short in a difficult NESCAC rivalry game Saturday afternoon, as the Cardinals lost on the road to No. 20 Bates, 15-12.
Colin Uyeki (3g), Christian Barker (2g, 1a) and Scott Irwin (2g, 1a) led Wesleyan offensively with three points each as the Cardinals dropped to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the NESCAC. Matt Chlastawa scored five goals and assisted on five others as the Bobcats improved to 3-1 and 2-0.
- Wesleyan scored the first goal of the game just 2:53 into play as Irwin assisted on a Uyeki goal. However, Bates responded nine seconds later when Otis Klingbeil found the back of the net. The Bobcats scored three more goals as a score by Steven Canale at the 2:48 mark capped off a 4-0 run.
- Irwin cut the deficit to two with 28 seconds to play in the quarter as the Cardinals trailed 4-2 after one.
- After nearly seven minutes of scoreless action in the second quarter, Wesleyan got within one at the 8:37 mark as Barker took advantage of a man-up opportunity.
- It took the Bobcats until the 5:42 mark to score their first goal of the second quarter, but it led to a strong rally as they scored four more goals in a span of one-minute, 58-seconds to go ahead 9-3 at the break.
- The Cardinals came out hot to start the second half and scored back-to-back goals within the first 1:13. However, Bates outscored Wesleyan in the final 11:03 of the third, 4-1, to lead 13-6 entering the fourth.
- The fourth quarter featured a total of eight goals as the Cardinals outscored the Bobcats, 6-2.
- Wesleyan trailed 15-8 with 3:22 remaining, but rallied with four unanswered goals to cut the deficit to three with 48 seconds to play. However, the rally came up short as Bates held on for the win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan held a slight 50-49 edge in shots but Bates landed 32 on goal compared to 27 for the Cardinals. Wesleyan also dominated the faceoff, 20-9.
- Eight different players scored for the Cardinals. Thomas Clejan led the squad with six ground balls, Colin Malarchuk caused three turnovers, and Otto Bohan made 17 saves in net.
- The Bobcats received scoring from seven different players as Brendan Mullally found the back of the net four times. Eli Cooper led the way with six ground balls, Rocco Fantoni recorded three caused turnovers, and Rob Strain made nine saves in 29 minutes between the posts.
- Wesleyan is back in action on Wednesday, March 13 and will host Clark in non-conference action beginning at 4 p.m. on Citrin Field.