Tufts vs. Bates
April 19, 2003
The Game Story:
MEDFORD - Sophomore Devin Clarke (Ridgewood, NJ) blistered a shot off the post and into the net with just 36 seconds remaining to lift the Tufts University Jumbos over the Bates Bobcats, 10-9, in NESCAC Men^Ys Lacrosse action this afternoon in Medford. With the win, Tufts clinched one of the seven berths into the upcoming NESCAC playoffs.

The winning goal was Clarke^Ys second of the game, and he also chipped in with two assists to lead all Jumbo scorers. The victory lifted the Jumbos to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the NESCAC, while Bates fell to 5-9 overall and 1-7 in league play.

The game was evenly played as each of the first three quarters ended deadlocked. Tufts had 4-1 second-quarter lead and an 8-5 third-quarter margin that Bates was able to erase before the periods ended. After the teams scored five goals apiece in the third quarter, there was only one goal in a tense final stanza and it proved to be the difference.

Tufts sophomore goalie Luke Chicco (Merrick, NY) made 15 saves for the win. Senior Alex Kerwin (Bethesda, MD) had an excellent game for Tufts registering a hat trick. The Bobcats got four goals and an assist from leading scorer Brad Frost (Winchester, MA). Senior Mark Dobbyn (Warren, RI) made 10 saves in the Bobcat cage.

This was the fourth straight year that Bates and Tufts played a heart-stopping, one-goal game. The last two were won by Bates in overtime.