DIII men's lacrosse: Bates vs. Amherst shatters numerous offensive records in tournament play
LEWISTON, Maine — Saturday's epic NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship third-round game between Bates and Amherst, a 26-14 victory for Bates, broke numerous NCAA tournament single-game scoring and shooting records, including freshman Matt Chlastawa establishing a new all-divisions record for points in a game with 13.
Chlastawa's total of nine goals tied the NCAA Tournament record that has been matched three times at the Division I level -- Gait in 1988, Brown's Oliver Marti in 1992, and North Carolina's Chris Cloutier in 2016. However, the NCAA record was broken later on Saturday by Denison University's Spencer Butler, who netted 11 goals in a 25-11 win over Illinois Wesleyan. The previous Division III record of eight was achieved on four previous occasions.
Improbably, Bates senior Charlie Fay nearly matched Chlastawa's output with eight goals and four assists. In doing so, he tied the previous NCAA tournament record for points and the previous Division III record for goals in a tournament game (Fay also became Bates' all-time goal scorer when his seventh goal of the afternoon gave him 160 in his career).
The 40 combined goals Saturday are an NCAA tournament record in any division. The previous Division III record was 38 in the Hobart vs. MIT game of 1980 and the Washington College vs. Springfield College game in 1985. The previous NCAA tournament record was 39 goals, set in a Division II game between Ohio Wesleyan and Kutztown in 1976.
Bates and Amherst also tied the NCAA tournament single game record for shots taken with 130 (Bates attempted 73 shots, Amherst 57). That mark ties the NCAA record with the Maryland-Hofstra game of 1975 and shatters the former Division III mark of 121 set by Salisbury and Ohio Wesleyan in 1991.