|BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin men's lacrosse team took a five-goal
third-quarter lead and held off a furious rally by Bates to take an 8-6
win on Tuesday in NESCAC action. The Polar Bears improve to 8-2 (4-2
NESCAC), while the Bobcats drop to 2-7 and 1-6, respectively. Bowdoin is
ranked 10th in the latest national poll.
After Wes Couture gave Bates a 1-0 lead just 37 seconds into the
contest, Bowdoin scored the next four goals to lead by three at
halftime. Phil Stern, Ford Barker, Connor Fitzgerald and Ben Harris all
collected a tally in the run, as the Polar Bears held Bates scoreless
for the final 29:23 of the first half.
Bates closed the gap when Brenton Pitt scored at 11:22 of the third
quarter, making it 4-2, but the Polar Bears racked up three straight in
less than three minutes as Ford Gurall, Alex Weaver and Ryan Hurd gave
Bowdoin a commanding 7-2 edge. Bates closed the third period with two
straight goals from Peter Friedman, and clamped down on defense,
allowing just one shot in the fourth quarter to Bowdoin.
Bates continued their run at 4:18 of the final quarter when Scott Duddy
cut the Bowdoin lead to 7-5. Friedman tallied the hat trick on a man-up
goal with 2:39 remaining to make it 7-6. But Polar Bear netminder, and
NESCAC Player of the Week, Grant White proved up to the task again,
collecting six second-half saves, including a pair in the closing
minutes, to seal the win. Alex Weaver scored with five seconds remaining
to clinch the game for Bowdoin.
White made 13 saves in goal for the Polar Bears while Paul Kazarian
stopped 10 shots for the Bobcats.