Men’s lacrosse season ends in spirited comeback
|Mike Medeiros scored a pair of goals as he and the 10 other members of Bates’ senior class finished their collegiate careers.|
LEWISTON, Maine — Grayson Connors scored seven goals and Jason Ben-Eliyahu assisted on four goals as the No. 15 Wesleyan University men’s lacrosse team won at NESCAC opponent Bates College 14-10 on Saturday.
Bates’ season ends with a 3-10 record, 2-7 in NESCAC play. Wesleyan (9-4, 7-2) will host Trinity College tomorrow in the first round of the NESCAC Championships as the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
The host Bobcats outshot the Cardinals by a 45-33 margin, but had difficulty finding the cage, and Wesleyan goalie Mike Borrero kept the Cardinals on top with 11 saves in his 51-plus minutes of action.
Connors scored his first goal with a man-advantage to put Wesleyan ahead 3-1 midway through the first quarter. He scored three straight goals beginning with a tally late in the first quarter, giving Wesleyan a 7-2 lead halfway through the second period.
Bates scored three straight to close the gap to 7-5, but Wesleyan received a gift of sorts as the half drew to a close, when Spike Malangone’s 3/4-field pass found Connors in front of the Bates cage, and Connors put the ball past Bates goalie Will Paddock as the horn sounded for an 8-5 Wesleyan lead at halftime.
Chris Jasinski scored two straight goals to open the third quarter and Connors scored the next two, giving Wesleyan a commanding 12-5 lead with 8:19 left in the third. Dan Latzman added an unassisted tally with 6:30 to play in the quarter and Wesleyan held Bates scoreless in the third to take an eight-goal lead into the final period.
Malik Solomon scored Wesleyan’s final goal with 8:29 left to play, making it 14-5, before Bates scored the final five goals of the game.
Junior Les Wade (Randolph, N.J.) led the Bobcats with two goals and two assists, while senior Mike Medeiros (Concord, Mass.) added a pair of goals. Paddock had four saves in 37:35, before giving way to senior Hunter Mulligan (Hunting Valley, Ohio) in the Bates goal. Mulligan had four saves and allowed the final two Wesleyan goals.
Playing in their final game for Bates were 11 members of the Class of 2008: Will Akie (Dedham, Mass.), captain Craig Blake (Ballston Lake, N.Y.), Chris Cruise (Centerville, Mass.), Bryan Frates (Woodstock, Vt.), captain Mike Medeiros (Concord, Mass.), Press McCance (The Woodlands, Texas), Mike Henry (Brunswick, Maine), captain Brent Morin (Hanover, N.H.), Hunter Mulligan (Hunting Valley, Ohio), captain Will Paddock (Denver, Colo.), and Justin Simon (Canaan, N.H.).