Apr 25, 2018
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Despite four goals and three assists from Colby College's Tucker Dietrick, Bates College had a big second quarter on the way to a 20-15 win in NESCAC men's lacrosse Wednesday at Harold Alfond Stadium.
Matt Chlastawa dished six assists and scored three goals for Bates to help the Bobcats advance to the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs.
With both teams at 3-6 overall in the league, Wednesday's game was a play-in contest to make the playoffs. Bates improved to 8-7 overall and 4-6 in league play, while the Mules end the season at 6-7 overall and 3-7 in the conference.
The contest also marked the now annual Flahive, McDuffee, Sandler Memorial Game.
By the numbers
* Dietrick led Colby with four goals and three assists. C.J. Hassan also had four goals and added one assist. Charlie Lynch had three goals, Mason Brady added one goal and two assists, and Billy Jacobs (pictured) scored twice.
* Chlastawa had five assists in the opening half for the Bobcats, who led 15-5 at the break.
* Brendan Mullally finished with three goals and three assists for Bates, while Clarke Jones had four goals and one assist. Jack Scribner finished with three goals and Curtis Knapton added two goals.
* Rocco Fantoni was strong defensively for Bates with five caused turnovers and five ground balls. Face-off man Chris Costello had seven ground balls and Jones finished with four.
* Joe Paolatto, playing with a sore ankle, went 20-for-32 in face-offs and had six ground balls for Colby. Brad McCarthy added five ground balls.
* Bates goalie Mitchell Drake stopped 15 shots and earned his first win of the season. Meanwhile, C.J. Layton made 13 saves for Colby.
* Bates had a 51-43 advantage in shots, but the Mules had a 38-32 ground ball advantage. The Mules were 3-for-4 on the man-up and allowed Bates just one man-up situation.
* The Bobcats scored four of the first five goals to take a 4-1 lead midway through the opening quarter. The Mules cut the margin to 5-3, but Jones scored with 18 seconds remaining for a 6-3 margin.
* Bates scored four straight goals in the opening 4:49 of the second quarter to go up 10-3. The Bobcats tallied nine times in the quarter to lead by 10 at intermission.
* Colby refused to give up in the second half and used five straight goals in the final 4:10 of the third quarter to cut the margin to 18-12 heading into the final 15 minutes.
* The two teams traded goals in the fourth quarter before Dietrick closed out the scoring with 1:44 remaining.