Bowdoin vs. Trinity (ct)
April 26, 2003
Current Record
Trinity (ct)5-8
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The Game Story:
BRUNSWICK, Maine - In what was essentially a NESCAC Tournament play-in game on Saturday, the Bowdoin men's lacrosse team scored the last three goals of the game in an 11-8 win over Trinity. The Polar Bears (7-8, 4-5 NESCAC) clinch the seventh and final berth in the NESCAC Tournament, while Trinity closes out their season with an 5-8 mark and 2-7 in conference play. With the victory, the Polar Bears advance to play in the NESCAC Tournament, where they will travel to face Tufts on Sunday at 1:00.

With the game tied at two apiece after one quarter of play, the Polar Bears exploded for four straight goals to start the second period, including two from Kyle Courtiss, to take a 6-2 lead late in the half. Ravi Pillay scored two goals for Trinity late in the quarter, however, as Bowdoin took a 7-4 edge into intermission.

Bowdoin got an early goal in the third period from Ford Gurall, but it proved to be the only one they could muster as the Trinity defense tightened up. Bantam freshman Coly Smith scored twice within a five minute span to end the period, including a tally with 2.3 seconds remaining to cut the Bowdoin lead to 8-6.

The Bantams came out firing in the final frame as Pillay found the back of the net to start the fourth and at 8:27 Nick Petri did the same, as Trinity deadlocked the contest at 8-8. But after Joe Andrasko won the ensuing faceoff, Andy Nelson drove down the field and fed Connor Fitzgerald for the game-winner just 16 seconds later, stopping Trinity's momentum and starting a 3-0 run to close the contest for Bowdoin. Gurall and Courtiss added the final two goals in the win.

Grant White made 12 saves for Bowdoin, while Geoff Shaw stopped 11 shots for Trinity. Courtiss had three goals, while Fitzgerald had one and three assists for Bowdoin. Trinity was led by three goals and an assist from Pillay.