Bowdoin vs. Williams
April 24, 2010
The Game Story:
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team scored the first seven goals of the game and cruised to a 12-5 win over Williams on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Polar Bears (8-5, 5-3) lock up a NESCAC Quarterfinal home game entering next Friday's regular season finale against Tufts. The Ephs (5-8, 4-4 NESCAC) have lost five of their last six contests.

Billy Bergner led Bowdoin with three goals while Owen Smith and Steve Thomas had two scores apiece. Van Krueger added two assists. Bryan Wrapp paced Williams with two scores while Mike Ryan added a pair of helpers.

Bowdoin overwhelmed Williams in the opening half and held the visitors off the scoreboard for the first 32:27 of the contest. The Polar Bears carried a 7-0 lead into intermission thanks to a 21-12 edge in ground balls and perfect 10-10 in defensive clears, compared to 5-12 for the Ephs. Both of Thomas' goals came in Bowdoin's first-half spurt that finally came to a close when Williams scored at 12:33 of the third quarter.

The Ephs could get no closer than five goals in the second half, however, as Christopher Williamson enjoyed a stellar afternoon between the pipes, making 13 saves for the Polar Bears. Bowdoin put the game on ice thanks to three second-half scores from Bergner. Bowdoin chased Williams starting netminder Stephen Vrla after 40:01 and 10 goals against just five saves. Henry Mills stopped five shots and permitted two goals over the final 19:59.

Phillip Cuddeback and Matthew Egan led the Bowdoin defense with six and five ground balls, respectively. Corey Jacobs won 12 of 21 face-offs and netted a team-high eight ground balls for Williams.