No. 10 men’s lacrosse team downs Colby, 9-7, to stay unbeaten
WATERVILLE, Maine — The Bates College men’s lacrosse team came back from a very early 4-0 deficit to beat Colby College 9-7 on Wednesday at Bill Alfond Field and stay undefeated at 9-0, 5-0 in the conference.
The Mules (2-5, 0-4 NESCAC) started the game with four straight goals in the first half of the first quarter, until junior attack Matt Erisman (Nantucket, Mass.) broke the ice with a goal on an assist from senior David Pritchard (Narbeth, Pa.).
Bates, ranked No. 10 in Division III in the latest USILA coaches’ poll, quickly built momentum and took a 5-4 lead before Colby retied it at 5 before halftime.
Erisman scored two quick goals to open the third quarter, then added another one after the Mules closed it to 8-6.
Colby drew closer again at 8-7, but the Bobcats scored one last insurance goal with a beautiful fast break, triggered by senior Brenton Pitt’s (Duxbury, Mass.) ground ball. Pitt dished to junior Ithai Schori (New York, N.Y.), who raced upfield and passed to Erisman, who assisted on sophomore Justin Simon’s (Canaan, N.H.) final goal.
Erisman tallied four goals and two assist to lead Bates. Simon added two goals. Schori and junior Amadi Cisse (Hanover, N.H.) each scored a goal with one assist. Sophomore Bryan Frates (Woodstock, Vt.) scored once.
Senior Paul Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) made eight saves for the Bobcats. Jeff Miller stopped 13 shots for Colby.
Bates next plays at Connecticut College on April 15.