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Chen leads men's lacrosse past Skidmore, 10-9

Evan Chen '15 scored three goals in Bates' 10-9 win over Skidmore. (File photo by Mike Bradley/Bates College)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Evan Chen scored three goals, including two in the fourth quarter, as Bates College men's lacrosse beat Skidmore College, 10-9, in a neutral-site game at Brown University's Stevenson Field on Tuesday night.

The Bobcats (1-2) used three consecutive goals in the final period to turn a 7-6 deficit at the end of the third quarter into a 9-7 lead in the fourth quarter en route to the win over the Thoroughbreds (0-4).

The fourth-quarter goals from Chen (Katonah, N.Y.) gave the Bobcats leads of 9-7 and 10-8 as part of their comeback. Sophomore Charlie Hildebrand (Berwyn, Pa.) notched a goal and an assist, and another six Bates players posted single tallies.

Skidmore held a 3-2 lead after the first quarter despite goals from junior Tucker White (Burlington, Vt.) and senior Wylie Leabo (Belmont, Mass.) off a feed from junior Reed Lewallen (Portland, Ore.).

The Thoroughbreds pushed their advantage to 5-3 at halftime with junior Jack Strain (Montclair, N.J.) supplying Bates' lone goal during the second quarter off an assist from senior Paul Donovan (Norwell, Mass.).

Bates pulled within 7-6 through three quarters as Chen netted his first goal, and Hildebrand and junior Conor Henrie (Lexington, Mass.) added single tallies.

First-year Charlie Fay (Falmouth, Maine) opened the fourth quarter's scoring to tie the game at 7-7. Bates then captured a 9-7 edge as junior Steven Hild (West Hartford, Conn.) and Chen each found of the back of the net. Skidmore cut its deficit to 9-8, but Chen registered his third goal of the game to push the Bobcats' lead to 10-8, and the team allowed the Thoroughbreds to score just once more.

Bates senior goalie Charlie Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) made 10 saves to earn his first win of the season. Kazarian's teammates won 17-of-24 faceoffs on the night while compiling 39 shots on the evening.

The Bobcats defeated the Thoroughbreds after dropping the previous two meetings between the teams – a 12-11 loss in 2013 and a 14-10 setback in 2012.

Next, Bates returns to NESCAC play against Trinity in its home opener on Saturday at 1 p.m. while Skidmore plays at Clark on Saturday at 1 p.m.