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Men's lacrosse opens season with loss at Keene State





P. Repko


KEENE, N.H. -- Keene State jumped out to a 10-0 halftime lead and didn't look back in a 14-3 non-conference win over the Bates men's lacrosse team on Wednesday, in the season opener for both teams.

The Owls attempted 46 shots to 30 for Bates. The Bobcats were able to convert just 1 of 12 extra-man opportunities, though the ground ball count was close, 26-22 in Keene State's favor.

After a frustrating first half for Bates, the Bobcats were able to hold the Owls scoreless throughout the third quarter, meanwhile getting on the board with a tally by senior Rory Cosgrove (Pittsburgh, Pa.), assisted by senior Luke Charest (Freeport, Maine). Neither team could score over the next nine minutes, but Matt Shairer made it 11-1 with his third goal of the game with 8:59 left; Shairer then assisted on Griffin Meehan's goal 41 seconds later to put away hopes for a Bates comeback.

First-year Will Gilkeson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) scored with 6:51 left in the fourth quarter, on an assist by junior Reed Brown (Portsmouth, N.H.), and sophomore Paul Troiano (Winchester, Mass.) added an unassisted tally with 2:45 to go.

Junior Parker Repko (New Canaan, Conn.) led Bates with four ground balls.

Junior Adam Scharff (Glyndon, Md.) made 10 saves in net for Bates. First-year Mac Lee (Devon, Pa.) played the final 7:38 in goal for the Bobcats, allowing a pair of goals. Jason Lesser was credited with 11 saves for Keene State.

Shairer finished with a game-high five points on three goals and two assists. Meehan added two goals and two assists. Jonathan Rodrick, Tom Montano and Ian Hart scored two apiece.

Bates plays its first game on its new home field, the newly renovated and resurfaced Garcelon Field, this Saturday against Lasell College. The game starts at 1 p.m. Bates' home games can be followed via Live Video Webcast.

STATS: Keene State 14, Bates 3

Read the men's lacrosse team's season preview story.