The eighth-ranked men’s lacrosse team had a whirlwind of a weekend, taking Wesleyan to OT on the road, highlighted by senior standout Jack Allard’s game winner, and demolishing University of New England thereafter. Sitting at 4-0, the ‘Cats have a huge top ten matchup at fourth-ranked Amherst on the horizon.
First, against Wesleyan, it was a back and forth tussle all game, as the ’Cats saw themselves down early, but were able to come back and keep it close the rest of the way. Junior Kyle Weber set the pace for the squad, tallying three goals, followed by a quartet of Bobcats who recorded two.
Just before the end of regulation, a Bates turnover brought Wesleyan back into the contest, Allard noted. “The offense was a little disappointed heading into overtime because we thought we could have held onto the ball and secured a victory in regulation,” explained the senior attacker. “We turned the ball over, which led to two quick Wesleyan goals to make it 11-11 with no time left.”
In overtime, senior goalie Joe Faria kept the ‘Cats in the contest, bailing out the squad on a couple occasions. Allard credited Faria for having a major part in securing the victory. A late Wesleyan penalty with 31.2 seconds to go in overtime gave Bates a man-up advantage, which would eventually be the deciding factor.
“Once we got the ball, I knew we were going to score,” Allard said. “I think that proving we can win close games like this will help us move forward in our goal to win the NESCAC championship and contend for a national championship.”
Against University of New England in Biddeford, things were a lot less stressful for Bates. In a 19-4 victory, the Bobcats built a 13-1 halftime lead behind the exquisite play of their two All-American players. Junior Charlie Fay matched his career high in goals with five, while Allard had a game-high seven points, with four goals and three assists.
The Bobcats had 47 shots on net to UNE’s 33 and won 16 of the 25 face-offs. It was definitely a convincing performance and a nice tune up before their trip to Amherst, who finished 18-3 a season ago, on Saturday.
“We have a lot of respect for that team [Amherst] and we know we need to work very hard this week to prepare for this Saturday,” Allard highlighted. “They beat us twice last year and we are looking for some revenge.”