|BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin's Matt Chadwick scored five goals and added a pair of assists to the lead the Polar Bear men's lacrosse team to a 9-6 season-opening victory over Connecticut College. The 19th-ranked Polar Bears (1-0) will travel south to Sylvan Park, Florida for their next three games, returning to action against Kenyon on March 14. The Camels (0-1) will play 13th-ranked Nazareth on March 13 in their next contest.|
The Camels jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Saturday, as Jesse Stevenson scored a pair of tallies in the early going. The Polar Bears used a 4-1 run in the final eight minutes of the first half to deadlock the game heading into the break.
The teams traded goals in the third quarter and entered the fourth deadlocked at five. First-year Adam Tracy scored a 14:22 to give Bowdoin the lead for good, before Chadwick scored twice in a nine-second span (7:10 and 7:01) to push the Polar Bear lead to three goals, 8-5. Harry Ashforth added a score at 3:41 before Stevenson added a late score for the Camels, making it a 9-6 final.
Charlie Legg stopped nine shots for Bowdoin while Mark Moran made four saves for the Camels. Stevenson led Conn. College with four goals, while Steve Dachille added a pair. Chadwick's five goals and two assists led the Polar Bears, who also got two goals from Tracy and three assists from Kevin Mullins. Max Key was the unsung hero for Bowdoin, earning 13 of 15 face-offs on the day.