Connecticut College vs. Bowdoin
March 28, 2009
The Game Story:
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Adam Tracy (Providence, R.I.) tallied three goals and two assists to lead the Bowdoin College menīs lacrosse team (6-1, 4-0) to a 12-6 NESCAC victory against Connecticut College (3-5, 0-4) on Freeman Field Saturday. Harry Ashforth (Ridgefield, Conn.), Owen Smith (Brunswick, Maine) and Steve Thomas (Lutherville, Md.) scored two goals each for the 13th ranked Polar Bears, who held a 46-to-30 advantage in shots en route to their fourth consecutive win.

Junior Sean Driscoll (Peabody, Mass.) tallied two scores in the setback for Connecticut College. Ryan Hayes (Darien, Conn.) and Mark Mangano (Basking Ridge, N.J.) both contributed with one goal and one assist for the Camels.

Bowdoin set the tone early in this contest with three quick strikes in the first two minutes of regulation. Tracy had a hand in each of the three scores, assisting Ashforth on the gameīs first goal 58 seconds into regulation before scoring the next two off of his own stick.

The Camels finally got on the board at the 6:44 mark. Driscoll collected a ground ball on a rebound off a shot and rifled one home for the hosts. Less than a minute later, Hayes connected with Mangano who snuck one in from just outside the crease and the Camels had trimmed the deficit to a single goal after one quarter of play with a 3-2 score.

In the second quarter, the Polar Bears seized control of the game with a 5-to-0 run over 7:57 of action, extending their advantage to six goals with an 8-2 score. Bowdoin won 6-of-7 face-offs in the quarter to control the time of possession. Senior specialist Ben York (Mercer Island, Wash.) played a pivotal role in the victory, winning 17-of-21 face-offs for the visitors. Ashforth capped the rally for Bowdoin with his second goal of the day at the 7:03 mark in the half.

With 1:25 to play, the Camels got one back when Driscoll notched his second score of the day. Steve Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) launched a shot that hit the post. Driscoll was able to collect the ground ball on the rebound and stuff one in for the score.

Bowdoin put the game away in the third quarter though, scoring three of the first four goals in the second half to extend its lead to 11-4. Tracy scored his third goal of the afternoon with 5:58 remaining in the quarter.

The Camels were able to cut the lead to five goals with 13:10 remaining on a goal from Ben Eischen (Brookfield, N.H.) but could not get any closer.

Sophomore net-minder Jake McCampbell (Medfield, Mass.) made 12 saves in the win for the Polar Bears. Junior Mark Moran (Greenwich, Conn.) stopped 18 shots for the Camels.