Bates vs. Gordon
March 21, 2007
The Game Story:
Men's lacrosse game turns close game into rout over Gordon

Brent Morin '08

Matt Erisman '07

Justin Simon '08
LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College scored 10 unanswered goals in the second half to pull away from Gordon College in a 20-7 non-league victory Wednesday at Campus Avenue Field.

Gordon (0-5) had early leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, and were behind only 8-6 after Joel Derechinsky's second-half-opening goal. But Justin Simon scored two straight goals to touch off Bates' big rally and the Bobcats finished off the rout.

Bates (2-0) next plays at Amherst in its first NESCAC contest Saturday at 1 p.m.

Simon (Canaan, N.H.), junior Brent Morin (Hanover, N.H.) and senior Matt Erisman (Nantucket, Mass.) all scored four goals apiece for the Bobcats, with Morin adding in four assists for eight points on the day (Simon and Erisman each recorded one assist). Senior Amadi Cisse (Hanover, N.H.) added three goals, and sophomore Les Wade (Randolph, N.J.) chipped in with two goals and an assist.

Andrew Kirkaldy (Red Deer, Alberta) and Derechinsky (Annapolis, Md.), both first-year players, each scored twice for the Fighting Scots. Kirkaldy scored the game's first goal and his second put the Fighting Scots ahead 2-1.

Erisman scored two straight goals to start out the second quarter, both during man-up situations from the same unsportsmanlike conduct penalty assessed to Gordon, as Bates tied the game at 3 and took the lead at 4-3. Three of Erisman's goals were scored with a man advantage for Bates.

Matt Videon (Newtown Square, Pa.) tied the game one last time for Gordon at 4 on a Kirkaldy assist, but junior Bryan Frates (Woodstock, Vt.; 1 goal, 1 assist) connected with Morin as Bates took the lead for good at 5-4. The Bobcats held an 8-5 lead at the half and poured in eight more goals in the third quarter for a 15-6 lead heading into the final period.

Bates senior goalie Peter Boston (Acton, Mass.) made four saves in over three quarters of action in net. Junior Tom O'Connor (Loudonville, N.Y.) had one save while playing in the fourth quarter.