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Fourth-quarter comeback falls short for men's lacrosse at Colby

Luke Charest '11 had three assists in his career finale. (File photo)

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby staved off a fourth-quarter comeback by the Bates men's lacrosse team to defeat the Bobcats 10-8 on Friday. The Mules (9-6, 4-5 NESCAC) won their first CBB title, by beating both Bates and Bowdoin, in 12 years.

Sophomore Gary Guinta (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored a career-high six points on four goals and two assists, while senior Luke Charest (Freeport, Maine) dished out three assists. First-year goalie Charlie Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) played another strong game in his third start, stopping 15 shots amid a 40-24 advantage by the Mules in shots. Colby also won 16 of 23 faceoffs.

The Bobcats finish the season at 4-9, with a 1-8 mark in NESCAC play.

Colby earned the sixth seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championships and will play at third-seeded Middlebury in a league quarterfinal game Sunday at 1 p.m.











While no NCAA records are kept for quickest time to score three goals, the Mules and Bates likely would be close to any mark after scoring three goals in a span of 13 seconds in the second quarter.

Colby's John Jennings scored the lone goal of the first quarter for either team off an assist from Ian Deveau. Jennings then tallied on the first two goals of the second quarter, the first off a pass from Greg McKillop and the other after picking up a rebound off Bates goalie Kazarian and firing in a shot.

Bates battled back as Charest assisted on two straight goals. Guinta scored his first goal of the day with 12:02 to play in the second quarter and first-year Will Gilkeson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) tallied on a man-up with 9:49 to play and the Bobcats appeared to have the momentum in their favor.

Craig Bunker, Colby’s two-time All-American face-off man, scored his first goal of the season after winning the ensuing draw after the goal by Gilkeson, just six seconds after the Bates goal. Bunker again won the face-off and Greg McKillop tallied just seven seconds later off a pass from Bjorn Knutson to make it 5-2 Mules.

The teams split goals the rest of the half as the Mules took a 6-3 lead into intermission. Derrik Flahive ripped a shot in off a pass from Mark Squicciarino with 5:49 to play, but the Bobcats received an unassisted goal from sophomore Kyle Starr (Concord, N.H.) with just 43 seconds to play.

Bates closed the lead to two goals on two occasions in the third quarter, but each time Colby answered with goals. First-year Wylie Leabo (Belmont, Mass.) scored with 13:15 to play for Bates off a Guinta pass, only to see Chris Barrand tally about a minute later from McKillop. Guinta again had an assist as sophomore Rob Highland (Yarmouth, Maine) cut the lead to 7-5 for Bates with 10:14 left.

The Mules, though, received back-to-back goals from Jonathan McIvor and Flahive to go up 9-5. Guinta and Barrand traded goals in the final 2:30 of the third period to make it a 10-6 Colby lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Bates held the Mules without a goal in the final period, but two goals by Guinta brought the final to 10-8.

Junior Kevin Helm (Norwell, Mass.) had five ground balls for Bates.

Colby keeper Peter Reiley (Marblehead, Mass.) had 10 stops.

It was the final game for Bates' four graduating seniors in Charest, Rory Cosgrove (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Cody Newman (Montclair, N.J.) and George O'Connor (Loudonville, N.Y.) Charest finishes his career at Bates with 54 points on 14 goals and 40 assists; 50 of his points came in the past two seasons. Cosgrove scored 39 goals with seven assists over his career. Newman took 5-3 faceoffs for the Bobcats over his four years, winning 232 of tem for a lifetime percentage of .461. He also collected 107 ground balls and scored two goals and two assists. O'Connor finishes with eight goals, four assists and 14 ground balls.

Box Score: Colby 10, Bates 8