CLINTON, N.Y. -- Clarke Jones and Matt Chlastawa, the two leading scorers in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, tallied nine and eight points respectively as the Bates men's lacrosse team blew past Hamilton in a 19-9 NESCAC road victory Saturday afternoon.
The Bobcats (6-4, 2-3 NESCAC) won for the fifth time in their past six games with their second-highest scoring output of the season. Bates outshot the host Continentals (1-8, 0-5 NESCAC) by a 64-31 margin, including 36-14 in the first half en route to a commanding 10-2 halftime lead. The Bobcats also beat the Continentals 27-14 in turnovers committed and 51-32 in ground balls collected.
Jones needed just seven shots to tally a career-high six goals, to go with three assists and a career-high eight ground balls. Chlastawa added four goals, five assists and six ground balls. The teammates are tied for the NESCAC lead with 33 goals apiece. Chlastawa leads the conference in points (59) and Jones is second (47).
Chlastawa fed sophomore Curtis Knapton (Westbrook, Maine) for a goal in the opening minute of the game. Jones followed at the 10:42 mark with an unassisted tally, and senior Parker Strong (Wenham, Mass.) made it 3-0 at 6:31 with an unassisted tally. Chris Conley got Hamilton on the scoreboard on a Zach Larsen assist with 5:07 to go, but the Continentals were never able to catch up.
Chlastawa assisted on consecutive Bates goals by sophomore Brendan Mullally (Baltimore, Md.) and Jones to make it 5-1, before Clay McCollum struck back off the ensuing faceoff to close the gap to 5-2.
But Bates outscored Hamilton 5-0 in the second quarter, beginning with a pair of goals by Jones 13 seconds apart, at 12:16 and 12:03. Knapton added his second goal and Mullally fed Jack Scribner to make it 9-2 before Jones fed Chlastawa for the game's first man-up goal with 3:05 to go in the half.
Hamilton charged back into the game with four straight goals to start the third quarter, closing the gap to 10-6. Jones ended a nearly 12-minute Bates drought with a goal assisted by Chlastawa, starting a 3-1 Bates run to finish out the third quarter that was all Jones and Chlastawa. Jones scored unassisted at the 2:04 mark, and Jones fed Chlastawa as time expired on the period for a 13-7 Bates lead.
The Bobcats pulled further away from the Continentals in the fourth quarter, outscoring the hosts 6-2, including tallies by junior Dahnique Brown-Jones (New Britain, Conn.), Chlastawa, junior Andrew Small (Deerfield, Ill.), first-year James Gruver (Wayzata, Minn.) and two by Mullally, who finished with three goals and an assist on the day.
Sophomore Rob Strain (Montclair, N.J.) made seven saves and allowed eight goals in 57:02 of action. Junior Mitchell Drake (Annapolis, Md.) made four saves and allowed one goal in 2:58. Hamilton's Kyle Gately made 18 saves and allowed 19 goals.
Bates will host Bowdoin on Wednesday at 7pm.