Men's lax tops Hamilton, 11-4, for first NESCAC win

CLINTON, N.Y. – Junior Jack Strain scored a game-high five goals as Bates College men's lacrosse topped Hamilton College, 11-4, in its first NESCAC win of the season on Saturday afternoon at Steuben Field.

The Bobcats (4-4, 1-4 NESCAC) held a 5-3 lead at halftime and netted the second half's first six goals to pull away from the host Continentals (3-6, 0-5 NESCAC).

Strain (Montclair, N.J.) paced the Bobcats in the scoring column after scoring four goals in the team's 12-9 win over Keene St. on Wednesday. First-year Kyle Weber (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) notched two goals, sophomore Jack Allard (Ridgewood, N.J.) posted four assists and a goal, and classmate Charlie Hildebrand (Berwyn, Pa.) added a pair of assists.

Senior goalie Charlie Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) made three saves in the win while sophomore Joe Faria (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) stopped seven shots in the second half, and sophomore Ken O'Friel (Scarsdale, N.Y.) scooped up a game-best eight ground balls for the Bobcats.

Continental net-minder Will Driscoll totaled 11 saves in the loss.

After junior Evan Chen (Katonah, N.Y.) put the visitors on the board just over a minute into the game, Strain doubled the team's lead 53 seconds later. Hamilton's Bryan Hopper responded with a goal before the Bobcats went on a 3-0 run – with goals from Weber, Strain, and first-year Andrew Melvin (Medfield, Mass.) – to take a 5-1 edge with 4:24 left in the second quarter.

Hamilton pulled back within 5-3 at halftime as Casey Kopp netted a goal with 1:19 left in the period, and Connor Morgan added a tally with 44 seconds on the clock.

First-year Charlie Fay (Falmouth, Maine) opened the second half's scoring, and Strain found the back of the net for the third time on the day to push Bates' advantage to 7-3 just less than five minutes into the third quarter.

Bates maintained its 7-3 lead for the rest of the third stanza and scored the fourth quarter's first four goals to stake an 11-3 edge with 5:24 to play. The Bobcats capitalized twice on man-up situations during the stretch with goals from Allard and Weber.

The Bobcats held the Continentals scoreless over the second half's first 28:34 before JD Brachmann registered the hosts' first tally of the second half with 1:26 to go.

Next, Bates hosts Bowdoin on Wednesday at 7 p.m. under the lights at Garcelon Field.