Crowley '22 wins 75 percent of faceoffs in men's lacrosse loss

Quin Crowley '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Quin Crowley '22 (Josh McKee photo)

Bates College allowed a total of two goals in the second and third quarters and the nationally ranked No. 12 Bobcats went on to post a 17-9 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Bates' Garcelon Field on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (3-4, 1-4 NESCAC) won more faceoffs, took more shots and scooped up more ground balls than the Bobcats, and the Continentals were successful on 23 of 25 clear attempts. Hamilton travels to 3-5 Middlebury College for another conference game on Wednesday, April 3 at 4 p.m.

Quin Crowley '22 paced the Continentals with 21 faceoff wins and 12 ground balls. Marc Welch '22 caused four turnovers and chipped in seven ground balls. Henry Hunt '20 led the offense with three goals and an assist, Chad Morse '19 scored three goals, and Ben Gardner '21 contributed a goal and three assists. Hunt leads the team with 22 goals and 29 points. Max Scheidl '21 made eight saves.

Matt Chlastawa topped Bates (7-2, 4-1) with four goals and four helpers. Brendan Mullally and Curtis Knapton recorded three goals and an assist apiece, and Matt Kelleher found the back of the net three times. Rocco Fantoni finished with a goal, an assist and six ground balls, and Will Haskell led the defense with three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Rob Strain stopped a career-high 22 shots.

The Bobcats grabbed a 2-0 lead 63 seconds into the first quarter and never trailed. Hamilton drew even with 12:56 left in the first as Gardner found Hunt twice for goals in a span of 23 seconds. After Bates went back in front with 10:30 remaining, Hunt fed Andrew Cox '20 for his third goal this year with 8:44 to go and the score was tied again.

Knapton gave the Bobcats the lead for good on a man-up goal with 7:21 left, and Kelleher made it 5-3 on an unassisted tally with 4:39 remaining. Hunt notched his third goal of the quarter, this time on a pass from Chris Conley '20, and pulled the Continentals within 5-4 with just nine seconds to go.

Hamilton didn't score again until Gardner's fifth this season with 23 seconds left in the second quarter, and Bates took an 8-5 advantage into the break. Morse's first goal of the day cut the Continentals' deficit to six at 12-6 with 1:36 remaining in the third quarter. The Bobcats beat the third-quarter horn with their 13th goal and led by at least six goals the entire fourth quarter.