Men's lacrosse upends Connecticut College 11-10 in overtime

Clarke Jones scored five goals as Bates defeated Connecticut College 11-10 on April 7, 2018. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Junior Andrew Small scored 52 seconds into the first overtime period on sophomore Matt Chlastawa's seventh assist, as the Bates men's lacrosse team defeated Connecticut College 11-10 in a thrilling Senior Day win Saturday at Garcelon Field.

Bates (7-5, 3-4 NESCAC) trailed 10-8 with three minutes left in regulation, but senior Clarke Jones (Pepper Pike, Ohio) scored his fourth and fifth goals of the game at the 2:58 and 1:43 marks of the fourth quarter, both on Chlastawa assists, to tie the game at 10.

Bates junior Eli Cooper (Glastonbury, Conn.) won the opening faceoff of extra time -- his third in a row after Camels All-America faceoff man Ben Parens had won 18 of the first 22 -- and Bates scored on the first shot of the period. Small caught a 30-yard Chlastawa cross pass on the left wing, face-dodged his defender and launched a left-handed shot past Camels goalie Jameson Hill to end the game.

Chlastawa finished with one goal, a career-high seven assists and four ground balls. He leads the NESCAC in points (69) and is tied atop the conference in assists (33). Jones, the leading goal-scorer in the NESCAC, notched his fourth five-goal game of the season and added three ground balls. Small, who scored a career-high four goals Wednesday against Bowdoin, netted two goals in his first career start.

Maxx Trotsky scored four goals and added an assist for the Camels (8-3, 4-3 NESCAC), while PJ Kelleher dished out three assists. Jack Rutter and Jordan Foster tallied one goal and one assist apiece. Parens won 18-of-25 faceoffs to go with a game-high 12 ground balls and one goal.

With most of the game played at a patient, deliberate pace, Bates won with its fewest number of goals since the last time they met the Camels, an 11-8 win at Connecticut College on April 29, 2017.

The Camels tied the game at 2-2 with 3:17 to go in the first quarter, then took their first lead off the ensuing faceoff, Trotsky's first goal of the game on an A.J. Vazquez assist.

The visitors made it a 4-0 run to finish out the quarter. Kelleher's long pass from behind net found Foster, who made a jumping catch and fired a 20-yard shot just under the crossbar with 1:27 left. Then Rutter finished off a long possession by curling around the right post and tucking the ball into the net with 15.4 seconds left, for a 5-2 Camel lead.

Bates held Conn College scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the second quarter, and scored three straight to tie the game at 5-5 with 8:08 left in the half. Chlastawa took a short pass from Jones and quickly flipped it to Small for the finish with 13:25 left in the period. Bates junior defender Rocco Fantoni's (Hauppage, N.Y.) caused turnover led to a fast-break goal by the Bobcats, scored by senior Parker Strong (Wenham, Mass.) and assisted by sophomore R.J. Sarka (Cape Elizabeth, Maine).

Sophomore Curtis Knapton (Westbrook, Maine) tied the game with 8:08 left in the quarter on a Chlastawa assist, but the Camels retook the lead going into the half on Trotsky's 20-yard shot past Bates sophomore goalie Rob Strain (Montclair, N.J.).

Trotsky scored his third goal with 10:47 to go in the third period, and Parens made it an 8-5 Camel lead seven seconds later, scoring off his own faceoff win.

Bates broke up Conn College's run of three straight goals with 6:35 left in the third quarter, as Jones tallied the Bobcats' first goal in over 16 minutes of game time when he faked right, then muscled past his defender to the left and bounced a shot past Hill.

Jones' goal began a string of three straight goals by Bates, as Conn College was held scoreless from the 10:40 mark of the third quarter until 6:28 remained in regulation. Chlastawa scored on a sidearm, rising shot to close the gap to 8-7 before the end of the third, and with 12:46 left in the fourth quarter he fed sophomore Brendan Mullally (Baltimore, Md.) on the game's only extra-man goal from either side, tying the game at 8-8.

The Camels' Charlie Bernicke returned the lead to the visitors again with 6:28 left in regulation, when he knocked in a loose ball in front of the Bates goal. Fifty seconds later, Conn College had a two-goal advantage, as the Camels blocked a shot by Mullally and Trotsky fired in an assist from Kelleher.

But Jones and Chlastawa connected on two nearly identical scoring plays in the final two minutes to send the game into overtime, with Jones taking a short entry pass, spinning and shooting from the near right side.

Bates celebrated Senior Day for nine members from the Class of 2018: Jared Baumann (Portland, Ore.), Adam Blau (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), Max Breschi (Carlisle, Pa.), Regan Haas (Fairfield, Conn.), Jones, Jack Maritz (St. Louis, Mo.), Jack O'Brien (Rye, N.Y.), Burke Smith (Wilton, Conn.) and Strong. The Bobcats still have one home game remaining, April 17 against Tufts before finishing the regular season with road games at Amherst and Colby.