Bates Rallies to Edge U. of of New England

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Senior Jason Hichborn (Yarmouth, Maine) notched three straight goals in the second half, including what proved to be the game-winner with 2:59 left, as Bates came back from a three-goal halftime deficit to edge the University of New England, 6-4, in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon (Mar. 13) at the Big Blue Turf.

The win ends a three-game skid for the Bobcats (2-3), while it was the Nor'easters' first loss in five outings this season (4-1).

Trailing 4-1 at intermission, Bates sophomore Wylie Leabo (Belmont, Mass.) got one back just past the midway point of the third, and with 75 ticks left in the frame, Hichborn made the difference one (4-3) heading into the fourth.

Hichborn knotted the contest at 4-all with 6:37 to play, before finding the back of the cage to complete the hat trick inside the final three minutes. First-year Conor Henrie (Lexington, Mass.) added some insurance at the 2:04 mark to round out the scoring.

The Bobcats struck first in the early going, as Leabo fed junior Rob Highland (Yarmouth, Maine) on the advantage less than three minutes into the match.

UNE answered with 3:58 on the clock in the first quarter, when first Geoff Bruno (Durham, Conn.) scored off a pass from classmate Eddie Burke (Windsor, Conn.).

Burke set-up Bruno once again to give Big Blue the lead as the second stanza began, and the hosts maintained the 2-1 margin until late in the period, when sophomore Dan O'Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) ripped home a pair of goals just seven seconds apart to bump the UNE cushion to three (4-1) entering halftime. Senior Matt Anderson (St. Paul, Minn.) registered an assist on O'Gorman's second tally that came with 1:16 to play in the opening 30 minutes.

Bates sophomore goalie Charlie Kazarian (Providence, R.I.) came on in relief at the break and shutout the Nor'easters the rest of the way, making four stops. Sophomore Paul Donovan (Norwell, Mass.) won nine of the last 10 face-offs on the day to help the visitors get possessions down the stretch.

For UNE, senior Nate Porter (Cohasset, Mass.) made several keys plays to keep Big Blue on top for most of the match, finishing with seven saves and five ground balls. Junior defender Nick McMahon (Westfield, Mass.) forced six of the team's 11 caused turnovers.

Both squads are on the road Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for their next outings. The Bobcats visit Wesleyan University (Conn.) for a NESCAC match, while the Nor'easters play at MIT in the first of eight consecutive games away from Biddeford.


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