No. 20 Wesleyan Rallies, Scores at 0:04 to Nip Bates

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Sat., March 27, 2010) -- Sophomore Teddy Citrin completed his hat trick by scoring a goal into a vacant net at 0:04 to cap a Wesleyan University (5-3, 1-2 NESCAC) rally for a 7-6 victory over visiting Bates College (3-3, 0-3 NESCAC) here this afternoon.

Bates held the largest lead of the game at 5-3 with 8:20 to play and led 6-4 with 3:29 remaining. The 20th-ranked Cardinals scored the final three goals to escape with their first conference triumph and leave Bates in search of its opening NESCAC win despite strong efforts in three-goal losses to Middlebury and Williams in their first two NESCAC tilts.

After Wesleyan tied the game at :50 on the third goal of the year by senior Lonny Blumenthal as he found the net with a long-range shot from the middle, Wesleyan won the ensuing faceoff as senior Matt Ward captured his 13th faceoff of the game. He finished the game 14 for 17. Wesleyan went on the attack but lost the ball deep in Bates territory. But when Bobcat keeper sophomore Adam Scharff lost the ball in front of his own goal, Citrin got to the loose ball and managed to get off a shot that trickled into the open net for his 14th goal of the year.

The teams entered the final stanza deadlocked at 3-3 as they were tied at each break (0-0 after one period, 1-1 at the half). Senior Evan Bagley gave the Bobcats the lead (4-3) at 10:46 as he took a pass from junior Luke Charest and put a high shot past freshman goalie Mark Simmons, who was making his first start. When junior George O'Connor scored the first of his two goals in a span of 4:51 for Bates, the Bobcats had the first two-goal lead of the game with 8:20 showing on the clock.

Wesleyan cut the gap to 5-4 on a rip by sophomore DJ Bernatavitz with 6:42 left but O'Connor bump the margin to a pair at 3:29. Wesleyan won the faceoff and took just 31 seconds to get it to 6-5 as junior Graham Gnall netted a high shot at 2:55. After a series of exchanges, Bates picked up just its third penalty of the game with 1:19 to go. The Cardinals responded with an extra-man goal at :50 from Blumenthal to even the count at 6-6.

Simmons collected 14 saves in the Wesleyan net for a .700 save percentage on the afternoon. Scharff turned aside seven shots in the Bobcat net.

Wesleyan is now 20-9 all-time vs. Bates with wins in each of the last four meetings. The Cardinals return to action Saturday, April 3 by hosting NESCAC rival Tufts. Bates has a non-conference game with Southern Maine at home Tuesday, March 30.


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