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Moore, Wade stand out on Senior Day for men's lacrosse













LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's lacrosse team faced rival Bowdoin on Senior Day Tuesday evening in a relentless rain at Campus Avenue Field, coming up short by a 15-7 score.

The Polar Bears (8-5, 5-3 NESCAC) had a slim lead of 4-3 early in the second period before embarking on a 9-2 run over the middle half of the contest. Adam Tracy led Bowdoin with four goals and one assist, while Russall Halliday, Matt Legg and Steve Thomas added two goals apiece. Justin Starr scored once and dished out three assists.

Senior Tyler Moore (North Andover, Mass.) scored two goals for the Bobcats (3-9, 1-7 NESCAC), with senior Les Wade (Randolph, N.J.) and sophomore Rory Cosgrove (Pittsburgh, Pa.) adding a goal and an assist apiece.

Bowdoin got out to a 4-1 lead at the end of one period, but Bates scored back-to-back goals to open the second, with senior Sam Geller (Berkeley, Calif.) scoring unassisted at 12:29, followed by Wade stripping Bowdoin goalie Jake McCampbell of the ball and firing into an open goal to close the gap to 4-3 with 10:36 left in the half.

Bowdoin responded with an unassisted tally by Tracy 29 seconds later. Forty-two seconds after that Tracy fed Mark Flibotte to make it 6-3, and Tracy scored again with 5:37 left on Cullen Winkler's second assist of the game for a four-goal lead.

Bates junior David Barrett (Chatham, N.J.) cut it to 7-4 with 2:53 left in the half, but Bowdoin again reponded quickly, with a goal by Winkler 31 seconds later and a score by Russall Halliday right off the ensuing faceoff, sending the teams into halftime with Bowdoin ahead 9-4. Bowdoin benefited from winning 15 of 24 faceoffs in the game.

The Polar Bears outscored the Bobcats 4-0 in the third period to complete a 6-0 run that put the game out of reach entering the fourth quarter. Bates tried to make a game of it with three straight goals in the fourth quarter, two by Moore sandwiching a score by first-year Mike Antoniou (Cumberland, Maine), who deflected a shot by Wade into the net during an extra-man opportunity, and with 8:19 left Bates had cut the deficit to 13-7. But Bowdoin tacked on two goals to its lead to finish out the scoring.

Bates goalie Adam Scharff (Glyndon, Md.) made six saves, while Bowdoin's McCampbell came up with 11 saves. The Polar Bears outshot the Bobcats by only a 32-28 margin, and they were 0-for-4 on extra-man opportunities, compared to 1-for-4 for Bates.

Twelve Bobcats were present for their final home game: John Adams (Bloomfield, Conn.), John Bay (Darien, Conn.), Matt Berg (Glen Ridge, N.J.), Geller, Nate Kellogg (Natick, Mass.), Matt Knortz (East Granby, Conn.), Moore, Sean O'Brien (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), Will Randi (Garden City, N.Y.), Wade, Peter Webber (East Wallingford, Vt.) and Ned Welbourn (Owings Mills, Md.).

Bates finishes up the season on Friday at Colby, with a 4:30 p.m. start.

STATS: Bowdoin 15, Bates 7