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Williams edges men's lacrosse in defensive battle, 6-5

Luke Charest '11 scored his first goal of the season and added his eighth assist. (File photo)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Bates men's lacrosse team mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter, but Williams prevailed 6-5 in a NESCAC game played Saturday.

Bates (2-3, 0-2 NESCAC) struck first as junior Mark Murphy (Duxbury, Mass.) found first-year Wylie Leabo (Belmont, Mass.) for a score with 12:12 left in the first quarter.

Williams (1-1, 1-1) responded quickly and effectively, as Will Stewart scored with 9:57 left in the first quarter, and just 16 seconds later, Steve Upton found Tommy Murray to give the Ephs the lead.

The first penalty of the day, a slashing call on Bates first-year Thomas Livingston (Concord, Mass.), gave Williams an opportunity to extend the margin. The Ephs' extra-man offense capitalized as Colin Foster netted his first of two goals. But Bates senior Rory Cosgrove (Pittsburgh, Pa.) responded at the 6:01 mark of the quarter.

Neither team scored again for an 11-minute stretch before Bates first-year Will Gilkeson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) evened the game at 3-3 off of senior Luke Charest's (Freeport, Maine) eighth assist of the season, with 10:18 to play in the second quarter.

After Murray's man-up goal with 9:55 left in the second quarter, the game became a defensive battle the rest of the way. Foster scored unassisted with 3:19 left in the second quarter, sending the Ephs into halftime with a 5-3 lead. Then the lone score of the third quarter came a full 15 minutes later, a man-up goal by Tim Goggins with 3:11 to go.

Bates got its first score in nearly 30 minutes of play with 11:14 to go in regulation, as Gilkeson scored unassisted for his fourth tally this season. Two and a half minutes later, Charest netted his first goal of the season to close the gap to 6-5.

Bates got six would-be game-tying shots off over the final eight minutes of the game, five of them saved by Williams goalie Evan Cohen, who was credited with 14 saves on the day.

Bates junior goalie Adam Scharff (Glyndon, Md.) made eight saves for Bates, which plays host to Wesleyan on Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m. All of Bates' home games can be followed via Live Stats and Video Webcast.

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