No. 11 men's lacrosse wins 12-9 at Keene State

Walker Cooney's third-quarter goal helped Bates pull away from Keene State in a 12-9 victory March 19, 2019. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

KEENE, N.H. -- Tuesday night's non-conference game at Keene State College proved to be another positive turnout for the No. 11 nationally ranked Bates men's lacrosse team, a 12-9 victory which leaves them on a six-game win streak headed into Saturday's NESCAC game at Williams.

Junior Brendan Mullally (Baltimore, Md.) contributed three goals to the victory for the Bobcats (6-1), while junior Matt Chlastawa (Westfield, Mass.) added two goals and one assist and junior Curtis Knapton (Westbrook, Maine) dished out one goal and two assists.

Senior Eli Cooper (Glastonbury, Conn.) won the first faceoff to get the ball rolling for the Bobcats on the road. Less than 30 seconds into the first quarter, Mullally scored his 20th goal of the season to take the lead, which Bates maintained for the remainder of the game. Both the Bobcats and Owls remained scoreless for the next 5 minutes until junior Otis Klingbeil (Powell, Ohio) made it 2-0, taking advantage of the man-up opportunity after a penalty on Keene State.

The score remained a low 5-3 at halftime, with junior Frank Spitz (Gladwyne, Pa.) scoring his second goal of the season with 2:55 left in the half.

The Bobcats went on a four-goal run at the beginning of the third quarter, with Knapton scoring his first goal of the game to make it 6-3. Junior Walker Cooney (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) followed with an unassisted tally, and Klingbeil scored on an assist from Mullally 10 seconds after Bates won the ensuing faceoff. Mullally made it 9-3 31 seconds later, with 10:00 to go in the third, on a Knapton assist.

Keene State outscored Bates 4-1 over the final 10 minutes of the quarter to close the gap to 10-7.

The Owls could come no closer, however, as Bates put up the first two goals of the fourth quarter. Chlastawa and Mullally scored back-to-back goals, on assists by senior Matt Kelleher (Newburyport, Mass.) and first-year Jack Lousararian (Mansfield, Mass.), to bump the lead back to 12-7. Keene State twice again cut back into the lead but not enough to threaten the outcome.

Bates outshot the Owls 41-38, while Chase Chamberlain of Keene State (1-4) made 15 saves in goal.

Junior Rob Strain (Montclair, N.J.) played a full game between the pipes, making 12 saves, while senior captain Rocco Fantoni (Hauppage, N.Y.) and senior William Holland (Ridgewood, N.J.) had a strong showing on defense, with a collective seven caused turnovers.