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Bowdoin holds off Bates' rally in men's lacrosse, 6-5

Adam Scharff '12 made 10 saves against six goals allowed.

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates College men's lacrosse team nearly came back from a 5-1 deficit, as Bowdoin College held off a late flurry to win 6-5 Wednesday night at Ryan Field.

Adam Tracy scored four goals for the Polar Bears, who improve to 7-5 (4-3 NESCAC). The Bobcats (4-7, 0-7 NESCAC) accepted the loss despite a 35-21 advantage in shots taken.

Bates was led by three goals from junior Rory Cosgrove (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Senior David Barrett (Chatham, N.J.) and first-year Rob Highland (Yarmouth, Maine) also scored for the Bobcats.

Tracy had an assist in addition to his four scores. Justin Starr and Russell Halliday also found the back of the net for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin scored the final four goals of the opening half, including three from Tracy, to carry a 4-1 advantage into intermission. After they extending their lead to 5-1 on Halliday's goal shortly after the break, Cosgrove and Highland trimmed the lead to 5-3 at the end of three quarters. Tracy re-upped the lead to three goals off a feed from Billy Bergner with 9:46 to go, giving the hosts a 6-3 edge.

The Bobcats made things interesting with two scores in the span of six seconds, first taking advantage of a Bowdoin penalty with a man-up goal from Cosgrove at 5:08. Junior Cody Newman (Montclair, N.J.) won the ensuing faceoff and fed Barrett for a score at 5:02 to make it a one-goal game. Bates nearly tied the game on an identical sequence less than 10 seconds later, as Newman won the draw and fed Barrett, only to see his shot rocket off the post, maintaining Bowdoin's one-goal lead.

The Bobcats out-shot the Polar Bears 35-21, but the teams were an even 16-16 in shots on goal. Eleven of Bates' shots ere stopped by Bowdoin netminder Christopher Williamson. Bates sophomore goalie Adam Scharff (Glyndon, Md.) made 10 stops between the pipes for the Bobcats, who got four ground balls from sophomore Reid Whelan (Merion, Pa.). Henry Andrews had a team-high five ground balls for Bowdoin.

Bates plays at NESCAC rival Trinity on Saturday at 1 p.m.

STATS: Bowdoin 6, Bates 5