The men’s lacrosse team came out very strong in their home opener against Trinity College this past Saturday. The number eight nationally ranked team defeated the Bantams 13-8 on Garcelon Field, where they outscored Trinity College every quarter.
The squad never trailed during the game, although Trinity was always nipping at their heels. Bates would open up the game with a 2-0 lead, but the Bantams answered back with two straight goals to even it up. Junior Kyle Weber gave the Bobcats the go-ahead goal with a nice shot from outside the left wing area to make it 3-2 after the first.
Junior Charlie Fay showed off some skills with a fake shot and finish to get past Trinity’s goalie, Henry Coote. But Trinity would not go down easily, pulling within one twice in the second quarter. Sophomore Burke Smith then capitalized on a fast break from a Trinity turnover, only to have the Bantams’ Ryan DeSimone score one right after. Senior Jack Allard would eventually get his second goal of the game with 21 seconds left in the half to give Bates a 6-4 lead at halftime.
Bates senior Ken O’Friel, normally known for his defense, put the Bobcats up 7-4 with 9:22 left in the third quarter. Trinity then cut the deficit to 7-5 halfway through the third, but Allard crushed any hopes the Bantams had by adding two more goals in the last 1:23 of the third.
The team came out swinging in the fourth, adding cushion to their lead and making it 12-5 with a couple of goals by sophomore Max Breschi and Weber. Knaus ended the run with his fourth goal, with 4:39 left in the game. The Bantams made it interesting late, capitalizing on a couple of turnovers from Bates, with Desimone scoring to make the score 12-8 with 2:57 left. With 59.9 seconds left, Allard assisted on a Weber goal to cap the scoring.