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Bobcats blast Bantams in men's lacrosse, 14-6

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Bates men's lacrosse team recorded its largest margin of victory in a NESCAC game since the New England Small College Athletic Conference became a playing conference in 2001, rolling past Trinity College 14-6 on Saturday at Jessee/Miller Field.

Sophomore Jack Strain (Montclair, N.J.), senior Rob Highland (Yarmouth, Maine) and first-year Jack Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) all had three goals and at least one assist, with Allard recording two helpers, to pace Bates' attack. Junior goalkeeper Charlie Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) had a stellar game in goal with 11 saves.

Trinity, ranked No. 10 in New England, falls to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the NESCAC with its first loss to the Bobcats since 2006, while the Bobcats, ranked No. 5 in the region, improve to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in the league with their fourth win in the past five games.

Highland scored the first goal of the game less than one minute into it to ignite a 3-0 Bobcat run to start the first quarter. Trinity's James O’Connell scored from Jeff Hebert at 4:46 of the first frame, but junior middie Will Gilkeson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) and Highland answered with unassisted tallies for a 5-1 Bates lead early in the second quarter.

Back-to-back scores by Bantam attackmen Matt Hauck and Rob Nogueras cut the visitors’ lead to 7-3 with 12:04 left before halftime.

Nogueras and Allard traded goals, before Bates closed the half with a 4-0 run for a 10-4 lead after two quarters. First-year attackman Charlie Hildebrand (Berwyn, Pa.) scored twice for Bates during the spurt.

After a slow start to the third quarter, Bantam Chase Growney converted a feed by Nick Shaheen with 3:20 on the clock, but Allard answered with his third tally of the contest for Bates.

Strain netted two of his three goals in the fourth quarter, while Nogueras scored the game’s last goal from Hauck to account for a 14-6 final score.

Bates outshot Trinity, 48-29, converted on 18 of 19 clear attempts, and took advantage of 30 turnovers while committing only 15.

Nogueras led the Trinity offense with three goals, while goalkeeper Makar Zaverucha made nine saves in 38-plus minutes of play.

Bobcat sophomore Mac Jackson (Hood River, Ore.) scooped a game-high five ground balls, while senior co-captain Charlie Clark (Pepper Pike, Ohio) notched three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Bates' 9-2 win at Colby in 2008 previously stood as the Bobcats' largest margin of victory in a NESCAC game.

Bates plays at Keene State on Tuesday at 4pm, a non-conference game originally scheduled for Feb. 27.