Bates 12    Tufts 11    ot

at Lewiston, Maine
Saturday, April 20, 2002

Tufts (6-5, 3-4 NESCAC) 3 3 4 1 0 = 11
Bates (7-4, 3-3 NESCAC) 1 1 2 7 1 = 12

Goals: T, Bryan Griffin 3, Jack Palmer 2, Jon Zissi 2, Alex Kerwin 2, David Supple, Devin Clarke; B, Jeff Critchlow 4, Jack Sandler 2, Peter Friedman 2, Patrick Gaughan 2, Scott Duddy, Dan Ross.

Assists: T, Griffin 2, Tom Mulcahy, Palmer; B, Scott Frost 2, Sandler 2, Dave Frederick, John Saunders, Critchlow.

Saves: T, Kirk Lutwyler, 16; B, Mark Dobbyn 7.

LEWISTON, Maine Bates junior M Jeff Critchlow (Carlisle, Mass.) scored 18 seconds into overtime to give the Bobcats a 12-11 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's lacrosse victory over the visiting Tufts University Jumbos today.

Tufts (6-5, 3-4 NESCAC) led 10-4 after three quarters and was up 11-6 on senior M Jack Palmer's (Vestal, NY) unassisted goal with 5:40 left in regulation. The Bobcats answered by scoring the last five goals of regulation, including the equalizer from senior M Patrick Gaughan (Duxbury, Mass.) with three seconds remaining. Bates rookie Greg Leonard (Manlius, N.Y.) won the first face-off in overtime cleanly. Bates coach Peter Lasagna called timeout. Critchlow took the ball out of the time out, rushed the net, and scored on a low bounce shot.

Jumbo rookie attack Bryan Griffin (West Islip, NY) had three goals and two assists to match Critchlow for game-high point honors. Tufts senior goalkeeper Kirk Lutwyler (Ridgewood, NJ) made 16 saves in net.

The disappointing loss, which joins a last-second setback earlier this year against Williams on the Tufts ledger, does not eliminate the Jumbos from contention for a home field berth into the NESCAC tournament. With games against Wesleyan and Connecticut College remaining, the Jumbos could still possibly finish as high as second place. The first round of the tournament is next Sunday (Apr. 28).