|BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team got 18 saves from goaltender Robert Burkhardt and held off a late Amherst rally to claim a key 10-9 NESCAC victory over Amherst on Saturday afternoon. The 13th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 4-1 this year (3-0 NESCAC) while the Jeffs drop to 3-2 (1-2).|
Momentum swung equally in the opening half, as both teams enjoyed scoring spurts. A pair of Thomas McDonnell goals opened up a 3-1 first-quarter lead for Amherst before Harry Ashforth and Cullen Winkler scored late goals to even the score at 3-3 following one period of play. Amherst scored the first three goals of the second quarter, with Brett Miller scoring an extra-man tally and assisting on another score, to give the visitors a 6-3 advantage. But Bowdoin replied with the final three goals of the stanza, from Kit Smith, Rob Halliday and Ashforth, to deadlock the contest heading into the second half.
The Polar Bears extended their run to open the third quarter, as Ashforth and Russ Halliday gave Bowdoin their first lead of the game at 8-6. McDonnell trimmed the lead to 8-7 with 1:41 remaining in the third, but Bowdoin's Mark Flibotte scored a pair of key goals midway through the fourth quarter, extending Bowdoin's lead to 10-7. John-Thomas Milone and Evan Redwood scored within a minute of each other with under five minutes to play for Amherst, but the Jeffs could not find the equalizer. Tim Thornton had a look from 15 yards as time expired, but his desperation shot sailed wide at the horn.
Burkhardt was outstanding in net, especially in the opening quarter, as he stopped 10 shots to keep Amherst at bay. Matt Pietroforte stopped 11 shots between the pipes for Amherst, who held a slim 37-36 advantage in shots. McDonnell led all scorers with four goals for Amherst, while Redwood tallied two goals and two assists. Bowdoin was led by a hat trick from Ashforth with Kit Smith registering two goals and two assists. Bowdoin took a slight 12-11 win in faceoffs on the afternoon and netted a 32-25 edge in groundballs.