HARTFORD, Conn. -- Junior Curtis Knapton took a flip pass from junior Otis Klingbeil with 1:58 to go and fired in a goal from the outside to break a 19-19 tie and give the No. 13 Bates men's lacrosse team a wild 20-19 victory at Trinity College on Saturday.
Bates (5-1, 3-0 NESCAC) won its fifth straight but got all it could handle from the host Bantams (2-2, 0-2), who came back from a 17-12 deficit in the third quarter to tie the game at 17 early in the fourth. The teams traded goals twice over the following four minutes, then both sides were scoreless for over four minutes until Knapton's (Westbrook, Maine) game-winner.
Trinity won the ensuing faceoff and missed on three final shots before a takeaway by senior Rocco Fantoni (Hauppage, N.Y.) sealed the win.
Ben Knaus scored five goals and added an assist for the Bantams, while Connor McCulloch added three goals.
Sophomore Jack Scribner's (Falmouth, Maine) career-high five goals paced the Bobcats. Klingbeil (Powell, Ohio) scored four times and added two assists while junior Brendan Mullally (Baltimore, Md.) contributed four goals and an assist. Junior Matt Chlastawa (Westfield, Mass.) went scoreless for the first time this season but dished out five assists, giving him 14 in his past three games. Knapton finished with two goals and an assist, and senior Dahnique Brown-Jones (New Britain, Conn.) added a goal and an assist.
Bates goalies Mitchell Drake (Annapolis, Md.) and junior Rob Strain (Montclair, N.J.) combined to make 21 saves, with Drake credited with 13 of those. Trinity won 33 of 43 faceoffs and outshot Bates by a 58-39 margin. Trinity was charged with only one penalty in the game, and the Bobcats converted it into a goal on their lone man-up opportunity in the second quarter. Triniy was 1-for-4 on extra-man opportunities.
Bates' next game is a non-conference matchup at Keene State, Tuesday at 5pm.