Nationally ranked for most of the 2016 season, the Bates Men’s lacrosse team was unable to capture its second straight NCAA Division 3 Tournament bid on Sunday. Despite this disappointment, the Bobcat faithful should look back on the lacrosse season positively.
The Bobcats ended the regular season ranked number 11 in the country, and tied the school record for wins, including a big victory against national powerhouse Tufts. They finished with an 11-4 overall record (7-3 in conference play), and were one goal away from reaching the NESCAC semifinals against Middlebury.
In one of the most exciting games of the season, Middlebury’s Kyle Soroka scored a goal with 13.9 seconds remaining to give Middlebury a hard fought win. The game began close as the score was tied at 3-3 midway through the second quarter. Middlebury then went on a 3-0 run to close the quarter with a 6-3 lead. Bates then battled back to take a 10-9 lead with 6:43 left to play. But Soroko, a senior, did not want to see his NESCAC career end so soon. He unleashed two rockets, including the final goal, to advance Middlebury to the semifinals.
Charlie Fay and Jack Allard were the two standouts for Bates this year. Fay, a junior midfielder from Falmouth, Maine, scored 45 goals, and dished out six assists. Ranked fourth in the NESCAC in goals scored, Fay was chosen as a first team midfielder for the second year in a row. Allard, a former All-American attackman, was named All-NESCAC second team for attack. Allard ranked fourth in the league with 65 points (goals and assists). Allard has now finished his career at Bates with 149 goals.
Hopefully the Bobcats can take the momentum from the last two seasons into 2017.