LEWISTON — Trinity College senior attacker Graham Penfield said it is always a good idea to adhere to the coaches’ game plan.

The Bantams followed their coaches’ orders and slipped away with a 13-6 win over Bates College in a torrent of cold downpours topped off with a change over to wet snow in a men’s lacrosse game at Garcelon Field on Saturday.

“You know, we just played as a team and we played hard,” Penfield said. “We stuck to what the coaches told us. We just went out there and executed.

“(Bates) was a good team. You know, they didn’t give up. They fought the whole time. Obviously the weather was an issue for both teams and it was a little sloppy, and I think we grinded it out and got on top.”

Junior William Puccio led Trinity’s charge in the drenching rain with four goals, while followed Jack Cahill, Ryan Werner Connor McCulloch each added a pair of goals. Andrew Fearey, John Stookey and Cullen Wolff helped out with a goal apiece. Cullen Wolfe was the Bantams’ playmaker, collecting three assists.

“I give a lot of credit to Trinity,” Bates coach Peter Lasagna said. “I thought they were very, very tough. They executed their offense really efficiently and really well. I thought our faceoff guys did pretty well. I thought their goalie played really well.”


Trinity goalie Cooper Yaccino made 11 saves.

The Bantams (1-1, 1-1) stayed just ahead of the Bobcats (0-4, 0-2) and leaped ahead with a 4-2 lead. Bates did everything it could to keep up with Trinity, but the Bantams brushed off the rain and cut loose with a five-goal second quarter and headed into halftime with a well-constructed 9-4 lead.

“I thought our offense was patient, which we weren’t in our first game of the year,” Trinity coach Jason Tarnow said, referring to a 9-5 loss to Williams on March 5. “I felt like the guys were unselfish with the ball. I thought our goalie played well.”

The second half turned into a deluge and Trinity shut out Bates in the third quarter, but the Bobcats got two more goals in the fourth.

Walter Braun, Jackson Sell, Jake Johnson, Malcolm Klingbeil, Jack Lousararian and Wil Masterson (two assists) each scored for Bates. Goalie Spencer Wood made 10 saves.

“I like the fight that we showed, especially in the fourth quarter,” Lasagna said. “I would love to blame our stick-handling errors on the weather, but the weather was exactly the same for teams and all the players.”


Lasagna said he used a couple of seniors together on defense for the first time.

“I thought they sort of elevated our communication and our recovery and our slides and our physical nature,” Lasagna said. “John Farrell and Liam Orifici did a nice job. They also got the ball off the ground a couple of times.”

The loss is the Bobcats’ fourth to start the 2022 season, but Tarnow said they are better than their 0-4 record.

“(Bates) is good. They are getting better every game,” Tarnow said. “I know it is a tough start for them, but they are a classy program — well coached. They are still in the hunt. I am just proud for the kids and let’s get some nice weather soon.”

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