|BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team played stifling defense in a 9-3 defeat of Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bears improve to 7-2 overall and stay perfect in NESCAC play, improving to 4-0. The Cardinals remain winless in conference play (0-4) and fall to 5-4 overall.|
Tied a two apiece early in the second frame, Bowdoin used a four-goal run to take command of the game. Phil Stern keyed the run, taking a feed from Connor Fitzgerald for a tally at 7:46 of the second period. Fitzgerald assisted on a goal to Vinay Kashyap before scoring one of his own later in the frame, improving Bowdoin's lead to 5-2. Ryan Hurd finished off the half with a goal at 2:22, giving Bowdoin a 6-2 intermission lead.
Alex Weaver led Bowdoin with three goals and an assist, while Fitzgerald finished with a goal and two assists. Stern, Kashyap, Hurd, Andy Nelson and John Lynch accounted for the other Polar Bear tallies. Wesleyan had three different players score as Grayson Connors, Alex Kaufman and Mike Hines all found the back of the net.
Bowdoin's Charlie Legg (nine saves) allowed just three goals, playing the majority of the game in goal. Bowdoin's defense has allowed just 22 goals in their current four-game winning streak- an average of 5.5 per contest. Matt Wheeler (24 min, four saves) and Charlie Congleton (36 min, six saves) split time in goal for the Cardinals.