Undefeated and No. 1 in the land, the men’s lacrosse team continues its quest for a NESCAC championship at noon Saturday in a semifinal game vs. Middlebury at Garcelon Field, which is available by livestream.
Bates beat Middlebury a month ago on Senior Day, but the win didn’t satisfy the Bobcats. Up by eight early in the second half, Bates saw the Panthers score seven unanswered goals in the third quarter before pulling out a 15–12 win.
“We definitely had a bad taste in our mouth after the game,” says defenseman Charlie Gravina ’17 of Fair Haven, N.J. “But we found a way to win, found a way to hold them down and keep putting goals in the back of the net.”
Middlebury beat Bates twice in 2016, including a NESCAC tourney win that ended the Bobcats’ season. “We still have a chip on our shoulder from last year,” says attackman Andrew Melvin ’17 of Medfield, Mass.
Head coach Peter Lasagna likes the fact that his team is still champing at the bit. “Maybe it’s a measure of our progress that simply beating Middlebury on Senior Day wasn’t enough.”
A win tomorrow puts Bates into the title game at noon Sunday vs. the winner of tomorrow’s other semifinal matchup, between Tufts and Wesleyan, which kicks off at 3 p.m. at Garcelon.Watch Bates men’s lacrosse in NESCAC Championship action