WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College scored the game’s first goal at 8:02 of the first quarter, when Evan Dedominicis scored off a feed from Colin Feaster, and never looked back in downing the visiting Bates men’s lacrosse team 10-7 on Saturday.
First-year Jack Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored a career-high five goals for Bates (5-4, 3-3 NESCAC), the most by a Bobcat this season.
The Ephs (3-3, 2-2 NESCAC) went on to score two more goals before Bates got on the board at 6:40 of the second quarter on an unassisted tally by Allard.
After the Allard goal the Ephs got an unassisted score from Tucker Dayton at 4:48 and Colton Growney notched his second goal of the day with just 14 seconds left in the half on a pass from Steven Kiesel. The Ephs led at the half 5-1.
Williams upped its lead to five when Colton Growney scored for the third time, with Steven Kiesel getting credit for the assist at 12:53 of third quarter as the Ephs capitalized on a man-up opportunity.
Williams outscored the Bobcats in the third quarter 4-3, thanks to two goals from Evan Dedominicis and one from Andy Grabowski. Sophomore Jack Strain (Montclair, N.J.) scored twice in the period for Bates, and Allard added another.
Strain’s second goal found him receiving a pass from sophomore Nick Ford (Columbus, Ohio) as he cut from Eph goalie Dan Whittam’s right to left, then whipping the ball behind his back just inside the far post.
The Allard goal with 1:33 left in the quarter made the score 9-4 Williams, but it was clear that Bates had begun to operate with more offensive efficiency, especially Allard.
Allard singlehandedly brought the Bobcats back into the game in the fourth quarter when he scored three unanswered goals (making it four straight overall), cutting the Eph lead to two, 9-7. The Allard goals came in a span of 3:06 when he scored at 13:36 (assisted by Ford), unassisted at 12:45 and at 10:34 off a pass from senior defenseman Andrew Berry (Westwood, Mass.).
But with Bates seizing the momentum, the Ephs were able to force a turnover and turn it into a tide-stemming goal by first year Conor Roddy. Roddy’s tally off a pass from Steven Kiesel (6:22) stopped the Bates’ run and was the last goal of the game.
However the final six plus minutes were not without excitement, especially when the Ephs found themselves down a man for two minutes with 3:46 after Ryan Hamilton was called for a blow to the head of a Bobcats’ player. The Ephs successfully killed off the two-minute locked in, man-down situation to preserve the victory.
On the day the Ephs had one less turnover than did Bates, 20-19. The Bobcats controlled most of the faceoffs, winning 13 of 20, with All-NESCAC sophomore Mac Jackson (Hood River, Ore.) winning 10 of 16 to go with a team-high five ground balls.
Allard (5 goals) and Strain (2) did all of Bates' scoring, while Ford came up with three assists, giving him 10 this season. Senior Kyle Starr (Concord, N.H.) recorded his ninth assist. Allard has a team-high 21 goals, the most by a Bobcat since Tyler Moore '09 scored 24 in 2009. Strain is second on the team with 17 tallies.
Williams had 20 shots on goal and the Bobcats fired 17 on goal. Bates junior goalie Charlie Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) stopped nine shots and allowed 10 goals, while the Ephs’ Whittam stopped 10 shots and allowed seven goals.
The Ephs were led in scoring by Evan Dedominicis and Colton Growney who each recorded a hat trick and Seven Kieseladded four assists.
Bates will host Hamilton in another NESCAC game next Saturday, April 6 at 12pm.