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Camels tip men's lacrosse team in overtime, 9-8

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Kevin Nally (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored his second goal of the afternoon 1:47 into overtime, lifting Connecticut College (5-4, 3-4) to a 9-8 NESCAC victory against Bates College (3-7, 2-4) at Silfen Field Saturday. Junior Jesse Stevenson (Marshfield, Mass.) erupted with four scores for the Camels. Conor Malangone (Lake Grove, N.Y.) chipped in with two goals and an assist for the winning side.

Seniors Craig Blake (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) and Bryan Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) each contributed with two goals and one assist for Bates. Senior Justin Simon (Canaan, N.H.) added two scores for the visitors.

Stevenson and Nally provided early scores and the Camels jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The Bobcats scored three of the next four goals, tying the game at three with 1:20 to play on a goal from Justin Simon. At the end of the quarter, the Camels got a huge lift with a go-ahead score by Malangone.

With 8:52 remaining in the half, Malangone connected with Stevenson from behind the cage for his second score of the day to make it a 5-3 contest. Malangone made it a 6-3 game with 5:37 remaining, scoring on Ryan Hayes’ team-leading 11th assist of the season and the hosts carried the three-goal advantage into the break.

Stevenson netted his third goal of the day 1:05 into the second half.  Bates College senior Will Paddock (Denver, Colo.) made one of his 15 saves on the initial shot but Stevenson collected the ground ball out in front of the net and rifled one home to make it a 7-3 game. The visitors responded by scoring the next two goals to make it a 7-5 game after three.

First-year Rory Cosgrove (Pittsburgh, Pa.) put in an unassisted tally for the Bobcats with 10:18 remaining to make it a 7-6 game. With 8:34 to go, Craig Blake capped the 4-0 run for the visitors with the equalizer and the visiting bench erupted.

On the ensuing possession, Ben Eischen assisted Stevenson for his fourth goal of the day and the hosts had regained a one goal lead at 7-6.  Blake answered for the Bobcats with just 1:19 to play. With three seconds remaining in regulation, Paddock saved the game for the visitors, coming up with a huge stop on a blast from Steve Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) and the game went to overtime.

In a one-on-one situation, Nally was able to shed the Bates defender on his run and bury the walk-off goal with 2:13 to play.

Mark Moran (Greenwich, Conn.) had 15 saves for the Camels. Dan Gallagher (Wayne, Pa.) won 13 of 15 faceoffs for the hosts.

Bates will host Tufts on April 19 at 1 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Connecticut College 9, Bates 8 (OT)