Bowdoin vs. Nazareth
March 16, 2006
The Game Story:
SYLVAN LAKE, Fla. (March 16, 2006) -- Senior attackman Chris Balash scored four goals and added one assist and junior midfielder Chad Amidon scored three goals Thursday as ninth-ranked Nazareth improved to 3-1 overall with a 15-11 victory over 13th-ranked Bowdoin at Sylvan Lake Park.

Nazareth took a seemingly safe 13-8 lead into the fourth quarter, but a three-minute illegal stick penalty against Amidon resulted in two extra-man goals by Bowdoin's Andy Nelson to keep the score close. Connor Fitzgerald added an unassisted score and the Polar Bears were within 13-11 with more than 11 minutes to play.

Nazareth, exercising offensive patience, got a goal from Bryan Adams off an assist from Conor O'Keefe with 7:02 left and Amidon scored a man-up goal off a pass from Greg Kanellis to enable Nazareth to pull away.

Early man-up goals by Brad Gillis and Fitzgerald enabled Bowdoin to take a 2-0 lead, but Nazareth answered with five straight goals and never traled again. Mike McGrath (pictured) scored first to trigger the scoring run. Balash scored twice while Ryan Hotaling and Adams also scored.

Amidon scored two goals in the second quarter and junior Kevin Kimball contributed an unassisted score as Nazareth extended its lead to 8-4. Bowdoin's Matt Chadwick, however, scored twice before the half ended, the second goal coming with just :05 left in the half, to cut Nazareth's lead to 8-6.

Ford Barker scored an unassisted goal for Bowdoin just 18 seconds into the third quarter to slice Nazareth's lead to 8-7. Balash answered with an unassisted score two minutes later, but Bowdoin's Tom McKinley negated that just 30 seconds later.

Nazareth responded with the next four goals to go up 13-8 heading into the final 15 minutes. Ryan Maciaszek scored twice in that stretch, while Balash and Hotaling also scored.

The fourth quarter started with Nazareth man down for three minutes as Amidon was flagged for having a stick a fraction too short. Bowdoin capitalized with two goals by Nelson (both off assists from Alex Weaver) to close the gap.

The game was even statistically with each team taking 33 shots. Nazareth had a 44-39 edge in ground balls with Adams and Brian Gaffney each collecting seven. Senior Alex Civalier made 12 saves. Bowdoin's Charles Legg made 11 saves.

Nazareth returns to action March 25 at home against Division II power C.W. Post at 12 p.m.