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NCAA Tournament record books torched in Bates-Amherst game; Chlastawa tops Gait's points record

Senior captain Kyle Weber and the Bobcats advance to the national quarterfinals for the first time in program history with their 26-14 win over Amherst in the third round of the NCAA Championships. (Brewster Burns for Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Saturday's epic NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship Third Round game between Bates and Amherst, a 26-14 victory for Bates, broke numerous NCAA Tournament single-game scoring and shooting records, including first-year Matt Chlastawa establishing a new all-divisions record for points in a game with 13.

Chlastawa (Westfield, Mass./Westfield H.S.) scored nine goals and added four assists, breaking the NCAA Tournament single-game record for points with 13. The previous record of 12 points was set by Ed Mullen of Maryland in 1976 and matched by the legendary Gary Gait of Syracuse in 1988.

Chlastawa's total of nine goals tied the NCAA Tournament record that has been matched three times at the Division I level -- Gait in 1988, Brown's Oliver Marti in 1992, and North Carolina's Chris Cloutier in 2016. However, the NCAA record was broken later on Saturday by Denison University's Spencer Butler, who netted 11 goals in a 25-11 win over Illinois Wesleyan. The previous Division III record of eight was achieved on four previous occasions. 

Improbably, Bates senior Charlie Fay (Falmouth, Maine) nearly matched Chlastawa's output with eight goals and four assists. In so doing he also matched the previous NCAA Tournament record for points and the previous Division III record for goals in a tournament game. 

The 40 goals combined that were scored in the game are an NCAA Tournament record in any division. The previous Division III record was 38 in the Hobart/MIT game of 1980 and the Washington College/Springfield College game of 1985. The previous NCAA Tournament record was 39 goals, set in a Division II game between Ohio Wesleyan and Kutztown in 1976.

The teams also tied the NCAA Tournament game record for shots taken by both teams, with 130 (Bates attempted 73 shots, Amherst 57). That mark ties the NCAA record with the Maryland-Hofstra game of 1975 and shatters the former Division III mark of 121 set by Salisbury and Ohio Wesleyan in 1991.

Source: 2016 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship Records Books