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Men's lacrosse drops season opener at No. 8 WNEC

Craig Blake fires for his first goal of the season in the fourth quarter. (Photo by RichardOrrSports.com)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Senior attacker Bryan Cofrin scored twice and senior goalie Chris Body made 14 saves as the No. 8 Western New England College men's lacrosse team posted a 7-2 victory over visiting Bates College in the season opener for both teams on Sunday.

"I thought it was a well-played game, and WNEC is a very good team," said Bates head coach Peter Lasagna.

The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead when junior midfielder Alex Cronstein (New York, N.Y.), making his Bates debut, scored a minute into the game.

The Golden Bears tied the contest when freshman midfielder Colin Houlihan scored his first collegiate goal on his first shot at the 9:31 mark.

That was the first of five straight goals for WNEC, who took a 5-1 into the fourth quarter before senior midfielder Craig Blake (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) netted the other goal for Bates, assisted by senior Brent Morin (Hanover, N.H.) in a man-up advantage.

Senior goalie Will Paddock (Denver, Colo.) stopped 10 shots for the visitors. "Will Paddock played very well; the whole defense played well," said Lasagna.

Senior attacker Tim Heffernan and senior midfielder Jon Hayes each added a goal and assist.  Senior midfielder Ben Reardon had a goal and six ground balls while junior defender Jared Pabis also picked up six ground balls.

Blake led the Bobcats with five ground balls, while junior defender Matt Knortz (East Granby, Conn.) picked up four more.

Bates is scheduled to host Keene State College in another non-league contest on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

BOX SCORE: WNEC 7, Bates 2

-- WNEC Sports Information