NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The No. 12 nationally ranked Bates men's lacrosse team led wire-to-wire in recording their third straight NESCAC win Saturday afternoon, winning 15-10 at Connecticut College.
Junior Brendan Mullally (Baltimore, Md.) scored four goals and junior Matt Chlastawa (Westfield, Mass.) contributed two goals along with a season-high six assists to lead the way for Bates (9-2, 6-1 NESCAC), which outshot the Camels by a 54-41 margin. First-year Dillon McManus (Dix Hills, N.Y.) scored a season-high three goals and classmate Jack Golden (Northport, N.Y.) tallied three assists and five ground balls.
Senior Rocco Fantoni (Hauppage, N.Y.) paced the Bates defense with four ground balls and three caused turnovers, while junior goalie Rob Strain (Montclair, N.J.) remained unbeaten in the cage by turning away 11 shots.
The Camels (3-8, 0-7 NESCAC) kept it close and only trailed 2-1 in the early stages, but the Bobcats went on a 5-0 run between the first and second quarters to break loose. Chlastawa, who netted the first goal of the game, found senior Matt Kelleher (Newburyport, Mass.) on another man-up chance to cap the run, which gave the visitors a 7-1 lead with 10:23 left in the second.
Bates carried a 9-3 lead into halftime, but the Camels scored the first three goals of the third quarter to slice the lead in half. Jack Rutter scored twice and set up Brandon Plante for another marker during the stretch, which lasted 6:05. The Bobcats, however, responded with another three consecutive goals and regained a six-goal advantage at 12-6 with 2:30 left in the third. Senior Andrew Small (Deerfield, Ill.) scored, followed by junior Curtis Knapton (Westbrook, Maine) on a Chlastawa assist, and Chlastawa's unassisted tally.
The Camels came back with a goal nine seconds off the ensuing faceoff, but Connecticut College would come no closer than four the rest of the way and eventually settled for the five-goal defeat.
Rutter paced the Camels with a game-high five goals and tallied an assist. Colin Smith made 14 saves between the posts.
The Bobcats next play April 16 7pm at NESCAC rival Tufts, currently ranked fourth in Division III.