Charest, Guinta stand out for men's lacrosse at Tufts

Luke Charest '11 had his third career game with five or more assists. (File photo)

MEDFORD, Mass. -- Bates senior Luke Charest (Freeport, Maine) had a goal and five assists, while sophomore Gary Guinta (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored four goals, but it wasn't enough for the Bates men's lacrosse team to overcome the top-ranked team in Division III on Tuesday night, as the Bobcats fell 18-9 to Tufts in a NESCAC game at Bello Field.

The victory is the 18th in a row for the Jumbos, who improve to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the league. They were led by four goals each from senior Ryan Molloy and Sean Kirwan.

Charest had his third career game with five or more assists, and Guinta tied his career high for goals in a game.

Bates first-year Wylie Leabo (Belmont, Mass.) added a goal with two assists, his third multiple-point effort in the past four games. Sophomore Rob Highland (Yarmouth, Maine) had a goal and an assist, while junior Reed Brown (Portsmouth, N.H.) and first-year Paul Donovan (Norwell, Mass.) both had strong games with a goal apiece to go with six and five ground balls, respectively. Junior Kevin Helm (Norwell, Mass.) also had five ground balls.

Senior Cody Newman (Montclair, N.J.) won 9 of 17 faceoffs that he took. Junior Adam Scharff (Glyndon, Md.) was credited with six saves in goal.

Tufts (8-0, 5-0 NESCAC) dominated the first half, running out to a 10-0 lead through the first 19 minutes of the game. The Jumbos halted their scoring binge over the final 11 minutes of the second quarter, while Bates got on the scoreboard with 2:19 left in the period when Leabo fed Charest for his goal.

Charest's score was the beginning of a 6-1 run that cut Tufts' lead down to five, at 11-6, with 6:59 left in the third quarter. Guinta scored three times in that run, fueled by a series of faceoff wins by Newman. After Tufts got two goals back to push the lead to 13-6, Guinta netted his second man-up goal of the game, on an assist by Highland, to make it 13-7 after three quarters.

Tufts reasserted itself to outscore Bates 5-2 in the fourth quarter, though Donovan netted the Bobcats' first man-down goal of the season with 10:40 left in the period, and Charest fed Leabo for Bates' final score of the game to make it 17-9 with 6:37 left. Charest leads Bates in points with 22, on five goals and 17 assists.

Bates (4-5, 1-4 NESCAC) plays host to Connecticut College in search of another NESCAC victory on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Garcelon Field. The game can be followed online via Live Stats and Video Webcast.

STATS: Tufts 18, Bates 9