Bowdoin vs. Amherst
April 30, 2006
The Game Story:
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Tom McKinley scored three goals and Connor Fitzgerald had five assists to lead the Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team to a 12-8 win over Amherst in the first-round of the NESCAC Tournament on Sunday.

The third-seeded Polar Bears (11-4) advance to play second-seeded Wesleyan at Middlebury College next Saturday in the NESCAC Semifinals, with the winner playing in the NESCAC Championship next Sunday. Bowdoin will look to avenge a 6-3 loss to the Cardinals on April 8. Amherst, who had closed out their regular season with a pair of victories to qualify for the tourney, see their season come to a close with a mark of 4-10.

Bowdoin jumped on the Jeffs immediately, grabbing a 4-0 edge after the first quarter of play. Fitzgeralad assisted on three of the tallies to spark the run. The Polar Bears extended their advantage to 7-0 before Amherst rallied to end the half with three straight scores, making it 7-3 at intermission. Amherst opened the second half with Joaquin Walker's second goal of the day to make it 7-4, before Bowdoin temporarily stymied the run with an Andy Nelson score.

But the Jeffs pieced together another flurry of goals, as back-to-back tallies from Will Ferrer sparked a 3-1 run to end the third quarter, cutting the Polar Bear lead to 9-7. Amherst would make it a one-goal game early in the final period on a Tim Thornton strike, assisted by Derek Cherney, cut it to 9-8 with 11:28 on the clock.

Bowdoin responded with a lengthy possession, that included a pair of shots of the post, and were rewarded when Fitzgerald found Matt Neidlinger in front of the net for a one-timer at 8:59, giving the Polar Bears some breathing room. Bowdoin would close the game on a three-goal run, as Tom McKinley and Ford Barker each added a goal to seal the victory.

Charlie Legg made several strong stops down the stretch for the Polar Bears and finished with seven saves on the afternoon. Amherst's Matt Pietroforte made eight saves for the Jeffs, who were led by Ferrer's three goals and three assists from Cherney. McKinley led Bowdoin with three scores and two assists, while Nelson and Barker had two goals apiece. Fitzgerald had one goal to go with his five assists on the afternoon.