Ward (six points) & Wood (five) lead Golden Bears offensively
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (March 14, 2018) – Bates College overcame a four-goal fourth quarter deficit before eventually claiming a 14-13, double overtime decision over Western New England University on Wednesday evening in non-conference men's lacrosse action at Golden Bear Stadium.
• Junior attackman Jared Ward (Littleton, Mass.) led the Golden Bears with a season-high six points, as he tallied three goals to go with three assists and three ground balls.
• Senior Mikey Wood (Southborough, Mass.) produced five points with three goals and two assists, while sophomore Brendan Lyons (Syosset, N.Y.) chipped in with two goals and an assist.
• Junior Hunter Cocks (Walden, N.Y.) won 19-of-32 faceoffs, and senior goalie Steven Kerr (Hopkinton, Mass.) made 19 saves.
• Five different Bobcats posted multi-point efforts, including senior Max Breschi (Carlisle, Pa.), who scored a team-high four goals.
• Senior Clarke Jones (Pepper Pike, Ohio) recorded three goals and two assists, while sophomore Matt Chlastawa (Westfield, Mass.) scored and handed out a game-high four assists to go with four ground balls.
• Sophomore Curtis Knapton (Westbrook, Maine) completed his hat trick with the game-winning goal in double overtime.
Trailing 12-8 after senior Nicholas Beauchamp (Wilbraham, Mass.) scored on a feed from sophomore Nick Gamba (East Islip, N.Y.) 32 seconds into the fourth quarter, Bates put together a 4-0 run to tie the contest.
Knapton got it started with a goal at 12:54, before Jones made it a two-score game with 10:45 remaining in regulation. Sophomore Brendan Mullally (Baltimore, Md.) brought the Bobcats back to within one at the 9:05 mark, and Jones scored again to complete the Bates comeback with 5:39 on the clock.
Western New England took the lead (13-12) one final time as Ward set up Wood for the go-ahead goal with 2:04 to play, but Breschi equalized for Bates in the final minute, sending the contest to overtime.
Cocks won the opening faceoff in the first four-minute extra session, and charged down the field before putting a shot on goal, but Bates sophomore Rob Strain (Montclair, N.J.) was there to make the save.
Kerr came through with a clutch stop on a shot by Chlastawa less than a minute later, and the game went to a second overtime period after Jones hit the crossbar with a late attempt.
The visitors came away with the win, however, when Knapton fired a shot past Kerr on a feed from Chlastawa 1:28 into double OT.
The Golden Bears were able to claim an 8-7 lead at the conclusion of a tightly contested first half, as Gamba set up Wood for his third goal of the season with 39 seconds remaining before halftime.
Western New England stretched its advantage to three (11-8) after outscoring Bates 3-1 in the third quarter, and the Golden Bears established their largest lead on Beauchamp's goal early in the fourth.
• Bates outshot the Golden Bears 56-31 and held a 42-33 edge in ground balls.
• Wednesday's game marked Western New England's first overtime contest since May 9, 2012, when the Golden Bears defeated Connecticut College 6-5 in double OT in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
• WNE and Bates entered the game ranked sixth and tenth, respectively, in this week's NEILA Poll. Both teams are among teams receiving votes in the USILA national poll, while the Bobcats began the season ranked 11th in the country.
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday at 1 p.m., as Western New England (3-2) hosts Clark and Bates (2-3) returns home to take on Trinity.