Bowdoin vs. Trinity (ct)
May 5, 2012
The Game Story:
MEDFORD, Mass. - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team advanced to the NESCAC final with a 10-8 victory against Trinity College in the conference semifinals on Saturday at Tufts University's Bello Field. Senior goalie Chris Williamson (Winnetka, Ill.) made 21 saves, while classmates Nathan Fritts (Portland, Ore.) and Keegan Mehlhorn (North Berwick, Maine) scored three goals apiece for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin (13-4) will play in its third NESCAC final on Sunday against host Tufts, which was a 13-2 winner over Connecticut College in Saturday's other NESCAC semifinal. The Polar Bears are seeking their first conference title.

Trinity (10-6) will hope for an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Bantams were led on Saturday by four goals and an assist from junior Rob Nogueras (Parkland, Fla.).

The Polar Bears scored the game's first four goals, including two by Fritts early in the second quarter. Nogueras netted his first as Trinity closed to 4-2, but Mehlhorn scored the second of consecutive Bowdoin goals to give them a 6-2 advantage at intermission. Bowdoin had a 17-8 lead in groundballs at the break.

Trinity amped it up in the third quarter with a 15-4 advantage in shots. Two goals by Nogueras pulled them to within 6-4. However, Williamson made 11 saves in the period and sophomore Franklin Reis (Hampton Falls, N.H.) scored late to put Bowdoin up 7-4 heading into the fourth.

Though Trinity got within two goals (7-5) again early in the final quarter, Bowdoin ran off three straight goals - with two goals and an assist by Mehlhorn - and led 10-5 with 5:12 remaining in regulation. Trinity scored three times in the final four minutes, but it wasn't enough.

Mehlhorn had a four-point game, while Reis scored a pair and assisted another for Bowdoin. Senior Matthew Egan (Newton, Mass.) was also sensational on defense, causing four turnovers and collecting four groundballs. Senior Brendan Hughes (Marblehead, Mass.) won nine face-offs for the Bears.

Nogueras finished with a game-high five points for Trinity. Sophomore Chase Growney (Berwyn, Pa.) scored twice and junior Nick Shaheen (Williamsburg, Mass.) finished with two assists. Senior defenseman Alex Gottsch (Sparks, Md.) had two caused turnovers and six groundballs. Senior Peter Johnson (Riverside, Conn.) stopped nine shots in goal.