Men's lacrosse shuts down Lasell in Garcelon Field debut, 8-1

Adam Scharff '12 turned away 12 Lasell shots, collected five ground balls and had a shutout going until the final minute. (File photo)







LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates men's lacrosse team made history in two ways on Saturday. The Bobcats played their first home game at their new home, the recently renovated and resurfaced Garcelon Field, and they tied the team record for fewest goals allowed in a game in an 8-1 non-conference win over Lasell College.

The Bobcats rose to 1-1, while the visiting Lasers opened their season at 0-1.

The Bobcats have allowed one goal at least two other times, the most recent being a 13-1 win over New England College on March 14, 2006. Bates missed out on the first shutout in team history when Lasell sophomore Chris Livelli (Hillsborough, N.J.) bounced an unassisted shot into the Bates goal with 48.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

The game was uncommonly low-scoring until the fourth quarter, when the Bobcats extended their lead from 3-0 to 8-0. The Bobcats took a 2-0 lead after the first quarter, in which they were successful on 10-of-11 clears while Lasell was just 2-for-6. The Lasers were unsuccessful in converting any of three extra-man opportunities in the period. Meanwhile Bates junior Reed Brown (Portsmouth, N.H.) got Bates on the board with 4:45 left on an assist by senior Luke Charest (Freeport, Maine), and senior George O'Connor made it 2-0 with three seconds left in the period, converting a feed by first-year Max Goldfarb (St. Louis, Mo.).

After an extended scoreless span of nearly 14 minutes, Charest notched his second assist of the game on the first of junior Jason Hichborn's (Yarmouth, Maine) two goals, on a man-up opportunity with 1:19 left to go in the half.

Bates outshot Lasell 11-2 in the third period as the defense took center stage in a scoreless quarter for both teams.

The Bobcats began to open up a big lead as the fourth quarter got under way. Senior Rory Cosgrove (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored his second goal of the season 81 seconds into the period on a feed by first-year Frank Tumminello (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), and first-year Thomas Livingston (Concord, Mass.) scored his first career goal just 40 seconds later on a feed by sophomore Kyle Starr (Concord, N.H.).

Bates kept its foot on the gas. Bates senior defender Kevin Helm (Norwell, Mass.) chased down a loose ball that traveled from Lasell's third into Bates' third of the field. Helm turned upfield and, seconds later, Tumminello dodged and scored his first collegiate goal to make it 6-0 with 11:31 left. Livingston and Hichborn both scored again in the final minutes of the game to extend the lead to 8-0.

Bates junior goalie Adam Scharff (Glyndon, Md.) played an outstanding game, making 12 saves and also collecting a game-high five ground balls. Lasell senior Eric Walsh was also strong in goal for the Lasers, with 15 saves.

Lasell senior Sean Speciale (Hillsborough, N.J.) scooped a team-high four ground balls.

Bates outshot Lasell by a 39-23 margin and won the ground ball advantage, 35-25.

Bates will host the University of New England on Tuesday at 5 p.m., in a game originally scheduled to be played at UNE. The game can be followed via Live Stats and Live Video Webcast.

Stats and Play by Play: Bates 8, Lasell 1