March 3, 2012

Skidmore Tops Bates in Emotional Game

from press release

-- Skidmore College erased a 6-1 second-quarter deficit before halftime and proceeded to defeat the Bates College men's lacrosse team 14-10 on Saturday. The non-conference game was played in remembrance of former Bates and Lexington High School player Morgan McDuffee, who lost his life 10 years ago today.

Skidmore coach Jack Sandler, who was McDuffee's classmate and teammate at Bates, and Bates head coach Peter Lasagna set up the game, which was played at Tufts University's Bello Field, which was made available for the game by Tufts coach Mike Daly. "Remembering Morgan" T-shirts were sold at the field, and a raffle was held as a fundraiser for Morgan's Fund, which supports nonviolent conflict resolution for at-risk youths, and MetroLacrosse, which offers playing opportunities for Boston-area children.

Mike Perlow scored six goals for the Thoroughbreds (1-1), while Brian Connolly added one goal and six assists and Quinn Hawkins pitched in with three scores.

Wylie Leabo scored three times for the Bobcats (1-1). Kyle Starr added a score and three assists, and Thomas Repko tallied a goal and an assist.

Skidmore won 17 of 27 faceoffs and 50 of 86 ground balls. Connor Dowling came up with 12 saves for Skidmore, while Adam Scharff stopped seven Skidmore shots.

After an initial spate of turnovers for both teams in the opening minutes, Bates got on the board first with an unassisted goal by Will Gilkeson. Bates captain Kevin Helm then made it 2-0 when he caused a turnover, scooped the ground ball, charged up the field and scored another unassisted tally.

Hawkins closed the gap to 2-1 for Skidmore eight seconds after the ensuing faceoff, but Bates shrugged it off to score four straight. Leabo made it 3-1 before the end of the first period, and Jason Hichborn scored in the opening minute of the second quarter. Starr scored a man-up goal with 12:26 left in the quarter, and freshman Tucker White made it 6-1 Bobcats with his first collegiate goal, on Starr's first assist.

Skidmore rebounded with four straight goals -- one each by Perlow, Sam Lawfer, Hawkins and Ryan Paradis. Bates received a rare man-down goal from freshman Nick Ford with 5:58 left in the quarter to regain a two-score cushion at 7-5, but the Thoroughbreds closed out the half with even-strength goals by Perlow and Hawkins to even the game at 7-7 at halftime.

Perlow gave Skidmore its first lead of the game, at 8-7, with an unassisted tally less then three minutes into the third quarter, but Starr fed Thomas Repko from behind Skidmore's goal with 10:46 left to tie the game back up at 8-8. Skidmore then rattled off four straight goals in the game's deciding stretch, with Connolly assisting on three straight, for a 12-8 lead 16 seconds into the fourth quarter.

The teams went scoreless for over seven minutes, until Leabo notched back-to-back scores to put Bates back in the game at 12-10 with 6:43 left. Bates' hopes dwindled, however, when Perlow scored his sixth goal with 3:42 left, and Connolly added an insurance tally with 2:22 remaining to seal the win.

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