Bowdoin vs. Wesleyan
March 7, 2009
The Game Story:
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Sophomore Owen Smith scored the game-winning goal with 13 seconds remaining and goaltender Jake McCampbell made 18 saves in his first career start as the Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team won their season-opener over 12th-ranked Wesleyan on Saturday, 4-3.

In a hard-fought defensive contest, both teams struggled to find their footing in their first game of the year. Bowdoin was able to take a two-goal lead into halftime thanks to goals from Adam Tracy and Rob Halliday. McCampbell stopped 10 shots in the opening half alone as the Cardinals out-shot the Polar Bears 18-8.

Wesleyan wasted little time scoring after the third quarter began, taking advantage of a Bowdoin penalty to score a man-up goal courtesy of Jon Killeen 24 ticks into the period. The Cardinals evened the score late in the frame when Jason Ben-Eliyahu found Conor Malangone with 26 seconds remaining in the third to even the score at two apiece heading into the fourth.

Ben-Eliyahu gave the Cardinals their first lead of the game midway through the final period, circling from behind the net and sneaking a shot past McCampbell from just outside the crease with 7:12 remaining. Wesleyan carried the lead late into the period and looked to get an insurance goal with two minutes remaining, but McCampbell stuffed Russ Follansbee in close and started a break-out the other direction. On the other side of the field, Cullen Winkler found Russell Halliday for a one-timer goal with 1:31 left to tie the score at three apiece.

Wesleyan won the ensuing faceoff, but turned the ball over. Looking for the game-winner with under a minute to play, Bowdoin lost control of the ball at midfield. Owen Smith grabbed the loose ball and went to goal, ripping a shot from 15 yards that tucked in the top corner of the net with 13 seconds left. Wesleyan could not get a shot off as time expired.

Mike Borrero made eight saves for Wesleyan in defeat. The Cardinals went 2-7 in extra-man opportunities while Bowdoin went 0-5. Wesleyan finished the game with a 36-18 edge in shots.