Amherst vs. Bowdoin
April 19, 2003
The Game Story:
AMHERST, MA - With time winding down in the first sudden-death overtime, senior attackman Chris Condlin took a lob pass from sophomore Graham Lake, spun and fired a right-handed bounce shot into the bottom right corner of the cage to give the Amherst College men's lacrosse team an 11-10 victory over visiting NESCAC rival Bowdoin College on Saturday.

Condlin's game-winner was his fourth goal of the afternoon. Amherst junior Mike Allison added three goals and an assist, including the game-tying tally with 3:06 left in regulation.

After Bowdoin drew first blood with a jump shot by sophomore Ford Gurall, Amherst controlled the opening quarter, connecting on a left-handed bounce shot by sophomore Joaquin Walker and a pair of goals by Condlin. The two teams then traded goals twice in the second quarter before Bowdoin knotted the score 5-5 at the half with consecutive point-blank tallies by senior Kyle Courtiss, who torched Amherst for five goals on the afternoon.

Bowdoin's momentum carried over into the third quarter, scoring twice in the first two minutes to take a 7-5 lead. Undaunted, Amherst sophomore Alex Casertano fed Allison for his first goal of the game and then scored unassisted to knot the score at 7-7 in what was turning out to be a hard-fought, back-and-forth affair.

Bowdoin scored twice more in the third as Courtiss found the back of the net unassisted and Gurall hit paydirt off a feed from rookie midfielder Chris Eaton. But Amherst closed the quarter with Josh Cherney's only goal of the game off an overhead shot and entered the final stanza trailing 9-8.

Bowdoin scored its final goal with 12:07 left in the fourth quarter as first-year Connor Fitzgerald fed senior Ted Scholhamer from behind the cage to give the Polar Bears a 10-8 cushion. Amherst responded with yet another clutch tally by Condlin, setting up Allison's game-tying goal and Condlin's game-winning heroics in overtime.

Both goalies were under siege all afternoon long. Amherst's Cushing Donelan turned away 19 shots in 63 minutes, including a pair of clutch saves in overtime. Rookie Raul Altreche relieved Donelan for one minute in the second period and allowed a goal. Sophomore Grant White played the entire game for Bowdoin and finished with 13 saves.

At 8-3 overall and 5-2 in conference play, Amherst moves into a tie with Wesleyan University for second place in the NESCAC standings, thanks in part to Wesleyan's 19-10 win over Williams College on Saturday. Bowdoin fell to 6-7 overall and 3-4 in league play, falling to seventh place in the conference standings. Amherst closes its 2003 home slate Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. against visiting Connecticut College.