No. 15 Bantams overcome Bates defense in second OT, 6-5











LEWISTON, Maine -- Rob Nogueras whipped a turnaround shot into the net 45 seconds into the second overtime period to complete No. 15 Trinity's comeback win over the Bates men's lacrosse team by a 6-5 score on Saturday at snowy and windy Garcelon Field.

Trinity (10-2, 6-2 NESCAC) trailed 5-3 after three quarters, but evened the game with goals by Steve Manning and Jeff Rautiola in the fourth quarter.

Bates' (4-8, 1-7) outstanding defense held the Bantams to six goals on 43 shots. Trinity outshot Bates 43-28 overall, including 8-0 in the overtime periods and 32-12 after halftime. Freshman Charlie Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) was outstanding in net for Bates, making 15 saves and also collecting six ground balls.

Nogueras scored two goals and assisted on another for the Bantams, and Nick Shaheen assisted on both of the Bantams' final two goals. Kevin Looby also scored. T.J. Cholnoky may have made the biggest difference in the game, winning 14 of 16 faceoffs. Peter Johnson made 11 saves in goal, and Luis Fernandez collected six ground balls.

Bates sophomore Charlie Clark (Pepper Pike, Ohio) caused four Trinity turnovers and also finished off a one-man coast-to-coast play with an unassisted goal that put Bates ahead 4-3 with 2:53 left in the third quarter. Sophomore C.J. Schmidt (Franktown, Colo.) made it 5-3 just 58 seconds later, Bates' second two-goal lead of the game.

Also scoring goals for the Bobcats were first-year Will Gilkeson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), junior Reed Brown (Portsmouth, N.H.) and sophomore Kyle Starr (Concord, N.H.). Kevin Helm scooped six ground balls and caused two turnovers.

It was the final home game for Bates' four seniors: Luke Charest (Freeport, Maine), Rory Cosgrove (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Cody Newman (Montclair, N.J.) and George O'Connor (Loudonville, N.Y.). Bates finishes the season at Colby on Friday at 4 p.m.

STATS: Trinity 6, Bates 5 (2OT)