|BRUNSWICK, Maine - Six different Polar Bears scored as the Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team got a must-have victory over Williams on Saturday in Brunswick, 6-5. The victory gives the Polar Bears (7-7, 4-5 NESCAC) the seventh and final seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament as the squad will travel to play at second-seeded Wesleyan on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Fifth-seeded Williams (7-5, 5-4) will travel to play fourth-seeded Amherst at 1:00 p.m. Sunday.|
Bowdoin trailed by two goals in the early going, as Williams got tallies from Chris Merwin and Brian Morrissey in the first 3:20 to grab a lead. The Polar Bears evened the score late in the period, as Mike Giordano and Pack Janes found the back of the net just 32 seconds apart to deadlock the game at 2-2. After the teams traded scores to open the second frame, Bowdoin's Adam Tracy netted a goal at 8:49 to give the hosts a 3-2 edge at intermission.
Bowdoin held Williams scoreless from the 9:45 mark of the second quarter until 13:39 of the fourth, and upped their advantage to 6-3 thanks to scores from Matt Chadwick and Alex Weaver. The Ephs closed the gap late in the fourth, as Tim White buried a shot with 2:59 remaining to trim the lead to 6-5. But Bowdoin's Charlie Legg made the lead stand, totalling six saves in the fourth quarter and 13 for the game. Michael Gerbush made seven saves for Williams.
The Polar Bears will look to even the score with Wesleyan on Sunday, as the Cardinals defeated Bowdoin 7-3 on March 31. Amherst won their regular-season meeting with Williams, 10-9, in overtime.